Daisy State Park
Daisy State Park is situated on the northern shoreline of 7,000-acre Lake Greeson in southwest Arkansas. The clear water and Ouachita Mountains scenery make the park a favorite of campers seeking water sports and fishing. Daisy is the eighth state park established in Arkansas.
Lake Greeson was created in 1950 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers placed a dam on the Little Missouri River some six miles north of Murfreesboro (Pike County). The lake was created for flood control and hydroelectric power generation. The land for Daisy State Park, consisting of 272 acres, was acquired by the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 22, 1955. Former state representative Pete Austin, a lifetime resident of Pike County, was a leading advocate for the creation of the park. Daisy State Park was created for recreational purposes. In the early 1950s, the Corps of Engineers built a small, primitive campsite on the property before the site was designated a state park. The facilities have grown through the years, and today’s park amenities include campgrounds, screened pavilion, picnic areas, restrooms, lake access, a playground, and trails.
Nearby attractions include the Crater of Diamonds State Park just south of Murfreesboro (Pike County) and the Lake Greeson Wildlife Management Area on the western shore of the lake, as well as the nearby Ouachita National Forest. Annual park events include a mountain bike competition and campers’ reunion, both staged in the fall, and other events, demonstrations, and activities throughout the season.
For additional information:
Arkansas State Parks–Daisy. http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/daisy/ (accessed June 4, 2014).
Staff of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
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