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Arkansas state parks offer outdoor escape amid pandemic

All of Arkansas's 52 state parks are currently open.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — As we navigate the coronavirus pandemic, many people are finding solace in the great outdoors, and many are heading to Arkansas state parks.

"With so many people working at home and with so much screen time it is an incredibly nice respite to just get outside and not have to look at your phone or look at your computer and just kind of clear your head," Arkansas State Parks spokesperson Meg Matthews said.

All of Arkansas's 52 state parks are currently open, and Matthews said they are busy.

"It's hard to keep statistics in terms of how many visitors we have because we don't charge a fee to get in and out of our parks," she said.

About 8 million people visit the parks annually. This year, somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people visited a state park over the 4th of July weekend alone.

"If you come to a State Park, please remember that social distancing still applies outside," Matthews said.

Click here for the latest information on Arkansas State Parks' response to COVID-19.

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