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List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
List of events for December at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Sunday, December 1

  • Fall hayride and campfire

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Advance payment and registration is required. For more information contact Park Interpreters Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) or Richard Spilman(richard.spilman@arkansas.gov).

Meeting place: field by Highway 300 and Pinnacle Valley Road
Admission:$12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Wednesday, December 4

  • Wild Women Wednesday

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a 3-mile hike around the Base Trail. This is a moderately strenuous hike and is great for someone who is new to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Please dress for the expected weather and bring water for hydration. The winter series of ladies' hikes is offered every Wednesday through March 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Meeting place: West Summit Trailhead
Admission: Free

Thursday, December 5

  • Little Wild Ones

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Young children and parents: Join us every Thursday for a program suited for children ages 3-7, better known as "Our Little Wild Ones!" These programs include story time, a craft activity, and some hands-on fun with a nature theme. Topics change weekly and with the seasons. Pre-registration for all Little Wild Ones and Home School programs is mandatory. This allows us to be better prepared and for each student to have the optimal experience. The maximum for each class is 20 students unless otherwise specified. Register by calling Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov), PMSP Interpreter, at 501-367-0408 to register for a class. Leave a message and your phone number and you will be contacted.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

  • Creature Feature

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us every Thursday for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun experience allows you to learn about these beautiful creatures, and where they can be discovered in Arkansas. This program can be a complementary program to the Little Wild Ones early learning program that starts an hour earlier.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Friday, December 6

  • Home School Programs

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3-6. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The topic for this week is wildlife conservation. Pre-registration is required.  20 students will be the maximum for a class.  To register, please call Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) at (501) 367-0408- leave a message and you will be added on.  A confirmation return call will secure your spot. Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Saturday, December 7

  • Winter Discovery Lake Cruises

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

3 pm- 4:30 pm

Come prepared to discover Lake Maumelle as it springs to life...in the middle of winter!  Pinnacle Mountain State Park and its surrounding water bodies host thousands of animals that have migrated south for the winter.  Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) will guide the way as we search for critters of all kinds that spend the winter around the lake, hopefully even a few bald eagles.  Dress for extremely cold and windy lake weather.  Advance payment and registration is required.

Meeting place: Jolly Rogers Marina
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Sunday, December 8

  • Hike in the Hills

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meet Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) to challenge yourself with a guided hike to one of the seven peaks of Pinnacle Mountain State Park on this off-trail expedition!  Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Wednesday, December 11

  • Wild Women Wednesday

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a 3.5-mile hike on the Ouachita Trail (OT). The hike begins at the Ouachita trailhead by the visitor center, heads towards the East Summit trailhead and continues on the East Summit trail stopping at marker #6. The group then doubles back to the starting OT trailhead. The degree is moderate to very strenuous due to uneven terrain and steep incline. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Ladies' hikes are offered every Wednesday through March 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Starting location in the park varies week to week. Contact the park for further information.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Thursday, December 12

  • Little Wild Ones

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Young children and parents: Join us every Thursday for a program suited for children ages 3-7, better known as "Our Little Wild Ones!" These programs include story time, a craft activity, and some hands-on fun with a nature theme. Topics change weekly and with the seasons. Pre-registration for all Little Wild Ones and Home School programs is mandatory. This allows us to be better prepared and for each student to have the optimal experience. The maximum for each class is 20 students unless otherwise specified. Register by calling Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov), PMSP Interpreter, at 501-367-0408 to register for a class. Leave a message and your phone number and you will be contacted.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

  • Creature Feature

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us every Thursday for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun experience allows you to learn about these beautiful creatures, and where they can be discovered in Arkansas. This program can be a complementary program to the Little Wild Ones early learning program that starts an hour earlier.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Friday, December 13

  • Home School Programs

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Richard (Richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3-6. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment.  The theme for this week will be knot-tying/survival bracelet. Pre-registration and payment is required.15 students will be the maximum for this class.  To pre-register and pay, please call (501) 868-5806.   

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $10

Saturday, December 14

  • Holiday Hayride

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Advance payment and registration is required. For more information, contact Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) at (501) 868-5806.

Meeting place: TBA
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Sunday, December 15

  • Hike in the Hills

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) to challenge yourself with a guided hike to one of the seven peaks of Pinnacle Mountain State Park on this off-trail expedition.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water! 

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Wednesday, December 18

  • Wild Women Wednesday

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Rocky Valley Trail is a gorgeous trail and one of the best kept secrets of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The length is 3 miles and the degree is moderately strenuous due to uneven terrain and moderate incline. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. The winter series of ladies' hikes is offered every Wednesday through March 26th, 2014 at 3 p.m. sharp at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, location varies week to week. For more information, contact Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) at

(501) 868-5806.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Thursday, December 19

  • Little Wild Ones

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Young children and parents: Join us every Thursday for a program suited for children ages 3-7, better known as "Our Little Wild Ones!" These programs include story time, a craft activity, and some hands-on fun with a nature theme. Topics change weekly and with the seasons. Pre-registration for all Little Wild Ones and Home School programs is mandatory. This allows us to be better prepared and for each student to have the optimal experience. The maximum for each class is 20 students unless otherwise specified. Register by calling Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov), PMSP Interpreter, at 501-367-0408 to register for a class. Leave a message and your phone number and you will be contacted.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

  • Creature Feature

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us every Thursday for a creature feature and feeding time of the animals on display in the visitor center. This fun experience allows you to learn about these beautiful creatures, and where they can be discovered in Arkansas. This program can be a complementary program to the Little Wild Ones early learning program that starts an hour earlier.

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Friday, December 20

  • Home School Programs

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Join Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) for a home school class geared toward children grades 3-6. Themes of the classes will be based on earth and life science topics, often taking the students outside to explore the natural environment. The topic for this week will be worms and worm bin making.  Pre-registration and payment is required.  15 will be the maximum for this class.  To pre-register and pay, please call

(501) 868-5806. 

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: $10

Saturday, December 21

  • Caroling in the Forest

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Meet Volunteer Coordinator Cale Davenport (joseph.davenport@arkansas.gov) at the Kingfisher Trailhead to stroll into the forest and sing our favorite Christmas carols along a paved path that is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight and your best singing voice.  Visit with everyone afterwards as we serve hot chocolate around a campfire at the Pinnacle Pavilion.  This fun family activity has quickly become a local winter tradition!

Meeting place: Kingfisher Trailhead
Admission: Free

Sunday, December 22

  • Hike in the Hills

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Meet Park Interpreter Richard (richard.spilman@arkansas.gov) to challenge yourself with a guided hike to one of the seven peaks of Pinnacle Mountain State Park on this off-trail expedition. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water!

Meeting place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Saturday, December 28

  • Holiday Hayride

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Jostle, bounce or laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm camp fire, stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Advance payment and registration is required. For more information, contact Park Interpreter Maryanne Stansbury (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) at (501) 868-5806.

Meeting place: field by Highway 300 and Pinnacle Valley Road
Admission: $12 adults, $6 children (ages 6-12)

Sunday, December 29

  • Holiday East Summit Hike

1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Are you ready for a hike up the mountain? Meet Park Interpreter Maryanne (maryanne.stansbury@arkansas.gov) at the East Summit trailhead for a hike up the mountain on the East Trail, down the mountain on the West Trail and finally around the Base Trail back to the East Summit trailhead. This will be a strenuous hike that will be very challenging and very beautiful! The hike will be around 3 miles long and is absolutely NOT for beginners. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the expected weather. Hike On!

Meeting place: East Summit Trailhead
Admission: Free