JONESBORO, ARKANSAS CITY GUIDE 2018 : 67 Craighead Forest Park opened when the Young Men’s Civic Club began work on the lake in 1937. It is now a city owned park that is situated in the scenic beauty of Crowley’s Ridge. This 692 acre park offers many recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy. Craighead Forest Park is located at 4910 South Culberhouse Road in Jonesboro Arkansas. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities including basketball, bike/running trails, bird watching, camping, disc golf, fishing, horseshoes, playgrounds, softball and volleyball. Craighead Forest Park also is the host to several special events including the Labor Day Blues Fest and the The XTERRA: Iron Will XC Triathlon. BIKING AND WALKING TRAILS Craighead Forest Park offers the outdoor enthusiast a brisk workout of any of the park’s walking, hiking, or biking trails. Approximately 15 miles of mountain bike trails weave through the forest, 2.4 miles of chat trail skirt the lake’s edge, and 2.9 miles of paved road circle the park. For a more complete nature experience, three trails lead to the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center. Mountain Bikers will find trails for all skill levels within the confines of the park. Beginner trails are inside the loop road and have trailheads located at Access #5 and Access #6. The beginner trail is approximately 4 miles in length. The more advanced trail begins just behind the bathroom at Pavilion # 1 and winds its way around to the South side of the park before connecting to the beginner section of the trail. The entire trail is 11.7 miles in length and a test for even the most seasoned rider. ATVS, HORSEBACK RIDING & HIKING •  ATV enthusiasts are welcome to ride all the trails in the Northwest section of the park. The ATV riding area extends from the parking lot on Craighead Forest Road west to South Culberhouse. •  Horseback riding is also permitted in the park. There are no marked trails for horses, but horse enthusiasts may take a nice trail ride on several trails located outside the main road that circles the park. Horses are not allowed on any trails that are inside of the road that circles the park. •  All trails are open for hiking. RV CAMP GROUNDS The RV camp grounds at Craighead Forest Park boast 26 sites, all with water and electrical hook-ups (50 amps). All sites have access to a personal table, patio, fire ring, and grill. We do offer handicap access. A new addition to the camping area is a modern bathhouse with toilets and showers, as well as pay laundry machines. There is a dump station for all guest and we offer non-guest dumping. We also offer tent sites and a primitive tent area. Pets are welcome at the park and are free to take advantage of the many trails (if properly leashed) or even take a jump and a swim at our dog jumping pier. Camping at Craighead Forest Park is now available all 365 days every year. If you would like more information about camping at Craighead Forest Park you can call us at 870-933-4604 or email us. FISHING Fishing in the 60-acre Craighead Forest Lake is a favorite pastime of local residents and of campers who visit the park. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocks the lake with bass, bream, crappie, and tilapia Anglers can fish from the docks and jetties, or they can launch boats to fish on the lake. Boats are allowed on the lake year round during daylight hours only. A 5 mph speed limit and a “no wake” rule is enforced at all times. The Family Fishing Area is located near Rotary Way. With its location near Rotary Centennial Park and by being fully handicapped- accessible, the Family FishingArea was created to help handicapped children enjoy outdoor recreation and fishing. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocks this area more heavily with bass, bream, catfish, tilapia in the summer, and trout in the winter. Anyone can fish in the Family Fishing Area as long as they have a child with them. PICNICS Scattered throughout the park are several spacious picnic areas. The Band Shell, the Joe Martin Pavilion, and six large pavilions are available on a reservation basis for family reunions, corporate picnics or other group gatherings. Eleven smaller pavilions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For rental information, contact  Patsy Bishop, Office Manager, at 870-933-4604, or visit the online reservation page at www. jonesboro.org/197/Craighead-Forest-Park. PLAYGROUNDS Rotary Centennial Park, located on Rotary Way, is designed so that handicapped children can play alongside able-bodied friends. The park not only includes a playground, but it also includes a bankshot basketball court and a splash pad. Rotary Centennial Park was made possible by the 3 Rotary Clubs in Jonesboro (Rotary Club of Jonesboro, Rotary Club of Jonesboro - University, and Rotary Club of Jonesboro - Metro), and it was dedicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. The Castle Playground, located at Access #3 of Craighead Forest Park, is a handicapped-accessible playground. In this magical place, children can allow their imaginations to whisk them off to a time and place of kings, queens, knights, maidens, dragons, and ogres. n Craighead Forest Park The Largest City Owned Park in Arkansas