Looking to get out into the great outdoors this summer? Great idea and I know just the place: Arkansas’ Petit Jean State Park trails are some of the best around, leading to waterfalls, stunning overlooks, interesting rock formations, and more!
Petit Jean State Park (pronounced “petty-jeen”) is the oldest and one of the most popular state parks in Arkansas. It’s natural beauty and fascinating geology have been attracting visitors since prehistoric times. In fact, the park contains more Native American rock art than any other in the state.
The park gets its name from Petit Jean Mountain, which gets its name from a 300 year-old legend of a love-struck young Parisian woman supposedly buried on the mountain. The story is almost assuredly just a story – but the name stuck . You can even visit Petit Jean’s “grave” at Stout’s Point overlook.
While the Petit Jean legend is doubtful, the park’s beauty is undeniable. Discover this for yourself on one or more of the park’s many hiking trails.
Petit Jean State Park Trails
8 trails lead throughout the park to stunning overlooks, spectacular waterfalls, and even ancient pictographs. Below are some of the more popular Petit Jean State Park trails. For more detailed directions, be sure to visit the Petit Jean State Park trails webpage.
Cedar Falls Trail – 2 miles, moderately strenuous
This trail leads from Mather Lodge down into Cedar Creek Canyon with its 95-foot tall, continuously flowing waterfall. Don’t forget your camera!
Rock House Cave Trail .25 mile, easy
This trail leads to Rock House Cave and its 500 year-old Native American rock art. This trail also includes Turtle Rocks, some of the park’s most interesting geological formations.
Bear Cave Trail – .25 mile, easy
Bear Cave is a unique collection of gigantic sandstone boulders that form a number of fascinating shelters and narrow passageways.
Seven Hollow Trail – 4.5 miles, moderate
Follow this loop trail through small canyons and a dense hardwood forest to discover a natural stone arch, rock shelters, and signs of prehistoric Native Americans.
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail – 12 miles, moderately strenuous
Challenge yourself with a trek that will take you along portions of nearly all the Petit Jean State Park trails. Long and at times difficult, this trail is not for the unprepared. Registration at the Visitor Center is requested for those who plan to hike the full trail.
Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd., Morrilton, AR 72110
Many of the park’s best overlooks can be easily be reached by car, with little to no hiking necessary. Park facilities include a restaurant, lodge, boating, and much more. Learn more with a visit to the Petit Jean State Park page on www.arkansasstateparks.com.
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