Year Round Fun Ideas at Hobbs State Park

Family-friendly activities to keep you busy all summer long.

Children learning at Hobbs State Park visitors center with interactive kiosks and classroom space

Hobbs State Park

Explore Hobbs State Park, with a variety of trails, paths, and excursions for hiking, walking, running, biking, and cycling

Hobbs State Park


Camping is only permitted in the backpacking, primitive campsites of the Pigeon Roost Trail. Overlooking Beaver Lake, these campsites are currently free of charge and currently require no reservations. However, PLEASE NOTE that during permit gun hunting seasons, NO camping is allowed.

Shooting Range

Enjoy safe handgun and rifle practice at the Hobbs Shooting Range. The shooting range accommodates target stands at distances of 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. Five covered shooting stations are provided including one barrier-free station. The range has a concrete floor and a metal trap to catch fired rounds.

Hiking, Biking & Riding Trails 

Hobbs trails have gated access that open approximately 1/2 hour prior to sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. The exceptions are Ozark Plateau, which closes at 5:00 p.m. every day and Pigeon Roost trail, which remains open for campers. For complete information on Hobbs trails, please download the Trails of Hobbs State Park brochure.

Weekly Program Schedule

Every week, park interpreters at Hobbs put on informative programs on a wide range of topics. Learn how to pitch a tent, take a guided hike, be a nature detective, listen to a story told by Mother Nature, learn the principles of Leave No Trace -- there is no end to the topics!  Some are directed toward children and others toward adults. Some activities last 20 minutes, some last an hour. Most are free! Take a look at the calendar and see what might interest you!

Guest Speaker Series

In Northwest Arkansas we are blessed with many gifted speakers ready to pass along fascinating information about our natural world. Guest speakers present programs at 2PM on Sunday afternoons at the Visitor Center, unless otherwise stated.  Learn about the Beaver Lake Bald Eagle population, local bug life, duck hunting, dowsing rods, float fishing, or meet Igor the Turkey Vulture up close -- to name just a few topics. Check the calendar to see what is coming up. These presentations are free.

Astronomy Nights

The Sugar Creek Astronomy Association is pleased to offer several opportunities to study the stars. They offer a brief lecture on an informative topic, like how to purchase a telescope, or viewing the planets, then they move outside for some celestial viewing. No registeration is required. You may use their telescope, "Big Boy," or bring your own. Binoculars work too. Bring a flashlight with a red lens cover, such as a cloth or balloon, and a star chart if you have one. You may also bring chairs and drinks for outdoor comfort. 

Nature Exploration Day Camp Program

Looking for a way to get your kids outdoors during spring break or during the summer? Hobbs offers 3-day camps for 6-8 year-olds and 9-12 year-olds!   From 9AM-3PM, children will bring a sack lunch and spend the day observing nature while hiking, playing nature games and crafting.  Just $50 for all three days!  Reservations are required and space is limited.  Information flier here.

Workshops & Special Events

Step back in time at the Hobbs Fall Festival, celebrate conservation at Aldo Leopold Day, take some lessons on mobile phone photography, take a stroll through the "Living Forrest" with Mother Nature -- these are just a few of the great events and workshops that take place throughout the year at Hobbs. Check the calendar and see what is coming up!

Photographic Society of NWA

The Photographic Society of NWA (PSNWA) will be at Hobbs State Park for a series of free instructional photography programs to the public. Anyone of any photography skill level is encouraged to attend the classes, however, please note the skill level for the Photo Walks are designed for experienced amateurs, hobbyists, and accomplished photographers.  PSNWA professionals will explain the different photography-learning opportunities through classes, lectures, and photo walks within the park on the first meeting, which is October 17th. Check out PSNWA to learn more.  No reservations are required, just show up at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center.