Petit Jean State Park is arguably the best state park in Arkansas and worth a visit if you find yourself traveling along I-40. While Petit Jean State Park is most famous for its spectacular 95 foot waterfall called Cedar Falls it also has a variety of other things to keep its visitors entertained. This large 2,658 acre park has scenic overlooks, 21 miles of hiking trails through the parks charming forests, canyons, and meadows, historic Mather Lodge, 3 National Historic Districts with more than 80 structures dating back to the FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps. It is a great state park and one that we have enjoyed on both of our visits to the Natural State. Like most people we first stopped at Petit Jean State Park to see Cedar Falls which is a great waterfall and should not be missed. As we looked around we quickly realized that there was a lot more to do at the Petit Jean State Park than we thought. We were just there for the day but we got to see a lot of the area and take in a few hikes along the way. Besides the trail to Cedar Falls we also took in the interesting Bear Cave Trail that had some interesting rock formations and the Cedar Falls overlook trail which gives a nice view of the falls below. There is also a nice car museum located near the entrance to the state park.
Petit Jean State Park is one of the few state parks that Karen and I have visited that we have both said lets go back. There were a few other trails that I wish I would have had enough time to do like the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail which basically connects most of the trails at Petit Jean State Park. Another would be Seven Hollows Trail which features a natural stone arch. It truly is a wonderful area and we were glad that we got the chance to explore it. Hopefully we were be back through the area in the future and get to see more of this wonderful state park.
Petit Jean State Park
Located at 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, AR 72110
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com/
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