Little Rock (KAIT/AR STATE PARKS) - Woolly Hollow State Park will hold a Grand Opening of its new Visitor Center on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The new building is close to the 136-year-old Woolly Cabin and a new walking path connects the two. Woolly Hollow State Park is located in Faulkner County, approximately 18 miles north of Conway.
“The old visitor center was really more like a visitor closet,” said Arkansas State Parks Planning and Development Manager Randy Roberson. “The staff was operating off of one desk – just rotating. They really needed adequate space to work and an adequate space for the visitors to interact with the staff. The building is a fantastic piece of architecture. It’s adjacent to the Woolly Cabin so it has a rustic appeal on the outside and modern conveniences on the inside.”
The design of the new Visitor Center is reminiscent of classic National Park architecture. A large porch welcomes guests into a generous reception and registration area that includes 782 square feet of retail space. The building also houses public restrooms, staff offices, storage space, and a break room. The front porch is furnished with comfortable rocking chairs and offers views of the lake.
“The staff at Woolly Hollow worked in a 400 square foot Visitor Center for nearly 40 years,” said Superintendent Steve Wilson. “Now we are so lucky to have this new building. The staff loves it and all our park visitors love it as well. It is a great addition.”
Woolly Hollow offers the classic state park experience with fishing, boating, and swimming on the 40-acre Lake Bennett. The park also offers picnic areas, campsites, as well as trails for both walking and mountain biking. History buffs enjoy the Woolly Cabin, an original 1882, one-room family homestead.
About Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities and unique historic and cultural resources. The system includes 1,100 buildings (including 183 historic structures), six National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark and 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
The state parks have 1,800 camp sites, 1,050 picnic sites, 208 cabins, five lodges, and 415 miles of trails. Eight million visitors annually come from all regions of the country. Park staffs provide over 42,000 education programs, activities and special events to more than 700,000 participants each year.
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