STATE PARKS: Daisy State Park
Welcome to Daisy State Park!!
Daisy State Park is surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and sits on the northern shoreline of the crystal clear, 7000 acre Lake Greeson. Created by the Corps of Engineers in 1950 for flood control andhydroelectric power generation , Lake Greeson was formed by the damning of the Little Missouri River.
The lake is a destination for outdoor recreation and water sport enthusiasts and the clean, clear water is perfect for those who enjoy spending the day fishing. Catches include stripers, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and smallmouth. The lake is also stocked with northern pike and walleye and the river above and below the lake is stocked with rainbow trout for winter and spring trout fishing.
The 272 acre Daisy State Park is located in Kirby, Arkansas, about an hour southwest of Hot Springs. The park is perfectly positioned to be a basecamp as you explore surrounding areas. Hit the trail and go waterfall chasing at Little Missouri Falls, float the leisurely Caddo river in nearby Glenwood or, if you're feeling adventurous, check out the class 5 whitewater rapids on the Cossatot River, depending on rainfall. Daisy State Park is also only 30 minutes from Crater of Diamonds State Park, so make plans to go dig while you're there!
The campground is one of the largest in the state and offers 103 campsites, including 26 Class A, 56 Class B, and 21 Tent sites, 10 of which are for walk-in camping. The park also features 3 ADA accessible yurts that are pet friendly and offer beautiful views of the water. There are six bathhouses aswell as restrooms available for day-use guests.
There are plenty of picnic areas as well as an enclosed pavilion available for rent for groups. Kids will love the large playground and geocaching and the open grassy area behind the pavilion is perfect for a game of softball. There's also an outdoor amphitheater as well as an interpretive center with meeting space for up to 30 people. The park offers a fishing pier and kayak rentals, as well as two boat ramps. Get out on the water and enjoy water skiing and tubing, scuba diving and snorkeling and make sure you check out the beautiful rock formations on Lake Greeson.
Now, let's talk about trails!
The Daisy Creek Nature Trail is three quarters of a mile and provides quick access from Camp area E to the visitor's center and pavilion.
The Bear Creek Cycle Trail stretches over 20 miles and is open to ATV's, dirt bikes, mountain biking, and hiking.
The Visitor's center offers park gifts, snacks and bait as well as ice and firewood. Ask them about their night time kayak tours, movies in the park and winter eagle watch cruises!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look into Daisy State Park and we encourage you to get out and experience The Natural State! For more information on the park, visit ArkansasStateParks.com and make sure you follow Arkie Travels on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for more Arkansas adventures!