Description - Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs covers 12,045 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake. Twenty-two of the park’s 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. This large tract of Ozark landscape consists of plateaus, ridges, valleys and streams featuring an upland forest of pine, oak and hickory. Many water features including disappearing streams, springs and seeps have carved the many hollows in this fragile limestone landscape, as well as created cave-related features including numerous sinkholes.
HSP-CA is jointly managed by Arkansas State Parks, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The park is located 10 miles east of Rogers on Ark. 12, which bisects the park property.
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Beaver Lake in autumn
- Approximately 2,400 acres are planned for future park development including camping, cabins, picnicking and educational opportunities. The HSP-CA is open for limited outdoor recreation and nature study. Currently available to the public are four hiking trails including a 1/2-mile, barrier-free historical trail and 16-mile multi-use trail; an all-weather public firing range; regulated seasonal hunting; undeveloped access to Beaver Lake; and interpretive programs. HSP-CA is Arkansas's only state park where hunting is allowed.
Recreation - A new visitor/education center is scheduled to open in fall 2008. The 17,000-square-foot center will feature an exhibit gallery, wildlife viewing area, and two classrooms. Future plans for the center call for a "mock" cave environment that visitors can view after descending by elevator to the building’s lower level.
A 17,000 Visitor Center on Highway 12 will open in late 2008.
Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is along the shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains Region of northwestern Arkansas. The park is found 10 miles east
of Rogers on Arkansas Hwy. 12.