Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton

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#1 of 13 in Trails in Arkansas
Known for its legends and Native American heritage, Petit Jean State Park features stream-filled forests, waterfalls and rugged cliffs. Spread across 1,405 hectares (3,471 acres), the park also has boating and fishing facilities, tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, car museum, and picnic areas. Hike through the wilderness to find a waterfall, caves, and river valley panorama overlooks. Don't miss the rustic lodge constructed in Civilian Conservation Corps style, built on an edge of a cliff. If you'd like to stay here, reserve one of the 32 cabins and 127 campsites available. Using our world travel planner, Morrilton attractions like Petit Jean State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Petit Jean is beautiful State Park and you can visit for free. The drive is really pretty and when you arrive at the Mather Lodge you will enjoy the view on the huge patio overlooking the gorge. Lots ...  more »
  • We stayed 2 nights in the Mather Lodge here in the off-season (weekdays in late Sept) and had a wonderful time. From the drive up the "mountain" (it's really kind of a plateau) to restaurant meals ove...  more »
  • This simply has to be one of the most beautiful state parks in Arkansas. The scenery here is breathtaking. There are easy to moderate hiking trails, as well as difficult, so any hiker should be able t...  more »
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  • This is a great state park. There camp sites are mostly large. Most have some shade, many have all day shade. We love the trails, you don't want to miss walking down to Cedar Creek falls. You can climb behind the falls or stand in the falls. There is no swimming in the falls pool though. Quiet time is 10pm and seems to be pretty strictly enforced. Overall, a great place to camp!
  • I love petit jean and have visited many times. The only reason I gave 4 stars is when staying in the lodge they don't guarantee parking for the paying guests the way they do for cabins and campsites. When we pulled in we had to park up by the highway due to so many day hikers. It wouldn't be to hard,to reserve first 2 rows for lodge guests. We also noticed several non-lodge/cabin guests using the lodge pool to "cool down and rinsing off" before getting in their cars and leaving.
  • Hiking trails are awesome. Lovely sunset view behind Mather Lodge. Dog friendly cabins with spectacular views. Friendly and helpful staff. And 2 swimming pools!
  • My fiancĂ© and I camped out in a yurt here, and the entire process, from reserving our yurt to checking in and out, was a breeze! I developed a cold while we were there, resulting in us leaving in the middle of the night, and the clerks were understanding, sweet, and still refunded our deposit. The trails and views were lovely, and the entire Park was clean, peaceful, and exactly what we needed for a getaway. We plan on returning.
  • Very nice park, lots of short trails, amazing views, beautiful lake with water craft rentals. Definitely coming back. You'll need a few days days to fit in all the sites, cycling, and paddle boarding, etc. Really glad we made this a stop on our road trip!

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