Craighead Forest Park


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, softball, horseshoes, volleyball, disc golf, camping, fishing, bike/running trails, bird watching and playgrounds.

Craighead Forest Park also is the host to several special events including: 4th in the Forest, Labor Day Blues Fest, Freedom 5K, and the XTERRA: Iron Will XC Triathlon.

For rental information, contact Patsy Bishop, Office Manager, at 870-933-4604.

 

 

Camping

The campground at Craighead Forest Park offers visitors a home-away-from-home atmosphere with rustic surroundings.  The park has 26 tree-shaded asphalt pads equipped with water, electrical outlets, picnic tables, fire rings, and grills, great for RV Camping; and five tent campsites right on the edge of the lake, as well as a primitive camping area.  A central bathouse and waste evacuation station are also located near the campgrounds.

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.

Camping Fees: A list of all associated fees for campground/facility rental. (pdf)

Campground Rules: A list of all rules and guidelines for use of the park.
(pdf)

 

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 & 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 Fishing Area was created to help handicapped children enjoy outdoor recreation and fishing.  The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission stocks this area more heavily with brim, bass, and catfish, and they add trout in the winter and tilapia in the summer.  Anyone can fish in the Family Fishing Area as long as they have a child with them.

 

 

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.  The park also offers an exclusive area for ATV riders, and many of the wooded trails also accommodate horses.  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.

    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 S. 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 insde of the road that circles the park.

    All trails are open for hiking.  In addition to the mountain bike trails and ATV trails, walkers and runners are invited to spend a little time on the 2.4 mile chat trail that circles the lake.

Craighead Forest Park Map
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Craighead Forest Park Trail Map

 

Picnics

Scattered throughout the park are several spacious picnic areas. 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 of these facilities contact Patsy Bishop, Office Manager, at 870-933-4604.


Pavilion One

Pavilion 1

ALL DAY: $60.00

Restroom Facility
Handicap Accessible Porta-john
Barbeque Grill
Large Parking Area (Handicap Accessible Spaces)
Seats Approximately 120 People

 

Pavilion Two

Pavilion 2

ALL DAY: $50.00

Barbeque Grill
Playground Adjacent
Parking Area
Porta-john
Seats Approximately 70 People

Pavilion Three

Pavilion 3

ALL DAY: $70.00

Barbeque Grill
Parking Area
Restroom Facility
Handicap Accessible Port-john
Volleyball Area
Adjacent to Castle Playground
Seats Approximately 135 People

Pavilion Four

Pavilion 4

ALL DAY: $70.00

Barbeque Grill
Parking Area
Restroom Facility
Handicap Accessible Port-john
Adjacent to Castle Playground
Seats Approximately 135 People

Pavilion Five

Pavilion 5

ALL DAY: $80.00

Barbeque Grill
Parking Area
Restroom Facility
2 Port-johns
Volleyball Area
Adjacent to Rotary Centennial Park & Splash Pad
Seats Approximately 135 People

Pavilion Six

Pavilion 6

ALL DAY: $40.00

Barbeque Grill
Next to Lake
Steps Away from Fort Rotary

Joe Martin Pavilion

Joe Martin Pavilion

ALL DAY: $50.00

Barbeque Grill
Parking Area
Port-john
Adjacent to Playground
Seats Approximately 50 People

Band Shell

Bandshell

ALL DAY: $60.00

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 three 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.
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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.
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Maps

Craighead Forest Park


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Mountain Bike Trail Map
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Craighead Forest Map
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