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Trail Status 

9/8/2020 - All trails are are open at this time.  Please practice social distancing.  All trailhead restrooms are also open. Trails that become too crowded may be temporarily closed.
See video on safe hiking practices amid COVID-19 concerns. LINK TO VIDEO

Camping Status 

7/1/2020 - Pigeon Roost primitive campsites are now OPEN. 

Shooting Range Status 

9/8/2020 - The Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Shooting Range remains CLOSED. The range will reopen once all repair work is complete. We do not have a reopening date at this time.


Further Information Regarding Closure of the Shooting Range
July 22, 2019 – Little Rock, AR

Upgrades and replacement of aging infrastructure are major factors in the decision to temporarily close the shooting range at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Northwest Arkansas. The public range will remain closed until all safety concerns can be addressed.

State Park staff, along with Arkansas Game & Fish personnel, are continuing to evaluate and weigh the options of how to make the necessary improvements and operational modifications.

“The time range for completion will vary based on the ultimate route chosen moving forward,” said State Parks Chief Planner Jordan Thomas. “Our staff is evaluating additional grant funding sources to help fund the project.”

The most outstanding safety issues are:

  • Replace the Action Target Capture system – a clam shell piece of heavy metal equipment that visitors shoot into. Now going into its 16th year, it is showing structural failures from aging and prolonged use.
  • Pistol Use – this range was designed for rifles, but increased use of pistols has created potential hazards. Alternatives are being considered to address this concern.
  • Staffing – this is an unmanned range and experts recommend using rangers and perhaps trained volunteers to monitor range usage and provide assistance as needed.

“Our staff regularly checks in on the shooting range when it is open,” said Superintendent Mark Clippinger. “However, we are always exploring ways to improve safety throughout the park. This is one of those areas.”

The management of the range will be evaluated for a more effective use of this public space. To date, Arkansas State Parks has spent almost $600k on construction, general maintenance, improvements and repairs to the range. 

For More Information 479-789-5000


WHEN IT RE-OPENS, Regular Hours will be:

  • Closed Monday
  • Open Tuesday – Sunday
  • 8:00 a.m. – ½ hour before sunset
  • Closed during Hobbs permit hunts


Please Note the
Following Closures:

Due to weather and other factors, Hobbs amenities, such as trail, camping, facilities and the shooting range, may be forced to temporarily close. Those closures will be noted here.


Shooting Range Closed 

9/8/2020 - The Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Shooting Range remains CLOSED. The range will reopen once all repair work is complete. We do not have a reopening date at this time.



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