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STATE PARKS: Logoly State Park

Welcome to Logoly State Park!

Situated on the forested coastal plain just north of Magnolia, you'll find one Arkansas' unique additions to the State Park system...Logoly State Park. The 368-acre park surrounds an area of mineral springs that have been known for over a century.

During the late 1800s, a collection of springs in the area called Magnesia Springs was used by the early settlers. The site attracted travelers seeking to bathe in and drink from Magnesia Springs, which supposedly contained various minerals that cured a variety of ailments. Near the turn of the century, as word of the springs spread, a small community developed including two hotels and a train stop. Eventually the popularity of the springs declined, and the area fell into disuse.

By 1940, the land had come under the ownership of three families: the Longinos, the Goodes, and Lyles. These families leased the land to the Desoto Council of the Boy Scouts, who named their summer retreat “Camp Logoly” by combining the first two letters of the three families’ names. When the boy scouts outgrew Camp Logoly one of the landowners contacted the Arkansas State Parks Department about the possibility of turning Camp Logoly into a state park in order to preserve the area’s unique beauty, history, and woodlands.

The land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy and part of the area was designated as a Natural Area to preserve its environmental features, including unique plant species and the mineral springs.

When Logoly State Park opened on May 19, 1978, it had the distinction of being Arkansas’s first environmental education state park and only the third of its kind in the nation, providing a living laboratory for students and visitors. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the State Parks Department both help manage this area.

Start your tour in the Visitor's Center, which features interactive exhibits on the history and natural environment of the park as well as an indoor classroom, gift shop and an outdoor amphitheater. Park Interpreters offer a wide variety of programs and demonstrations with subject matter ranging from global ecology to native plants and animals. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy eating under the canopy of towering trees while the kids run off some energy on the playground. There is also a covered pavilion and six tent sites with a bathhouse for overnight camping.

Now, let's talk about trails...The Crane's Fly Trails is ¾ of a mile and features a boardwalk over the park pond. The Spring Branch Trail is 2 miles and starts by the pavilion, circles around and connects to the Crane's Fly Trail, ending at the Visitor's Center. The Magnesia Springs trail is half a mile and takes you through the historical springs area.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look into Logoly State Park and we encourage you to get out and experience The Natural State! For more information on the park, visit ArkansasStateParks.comAnd make sure you follow Arkie Travels on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for more Arkansas adventures

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