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Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton

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Must see · State Park · Hiking Trail
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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  • Absolutely amazing. The park is beautiful. The trails offer great hiking and views. There are also plenty of great short trails and overlooks you can drive to for less adventurous or in our case the.....  more »
  • We camped in an RV. Our site was large and level with a view of the lake. Great trails with a variety of terrain to explore.  more »
  • Enjoyed this park, even though the Cedar Falls trail was closed. But there were a few other trails that were nice. They have a beautiful new nature center that was just built and the lodge had...  more »
  • I’ve been coming from Houston Texas for our Labor Day Family Reunion every year since I was a baby. I’m 30. I go out of my way to come to the beautiful hidden gem in Arkansas. My family is from the state. But I’ve always lived in Texas, Arkansas is truly magical. Petit Jean couldn’t be any better. The lodge is gorgeous. The staff is always so friendly and helpful. And that’s never changed, and like I said we invade this place Labor Day weekend, and they are always so helpful!!The view is amazing, the trails are a perfect length, with the payoff of a waterfall to gaze at when you reached your destination. There are also so many secret hidden spots you can find all around the grounds. I love it. I love Petit Jean, it’s worth the drive up the Mountain.
  • Great place to explore. Never actually made it to the waterfall. We did find a water snake. Does that count? The overlooks are beautiful. Apparently to get to the waterfall, park by the lodge and take the mile hike to the waterfall. We ran out of time once we realized how to get there. We did find the cave. That was a great sight.
  • We stayed here one night rather than grabbing a motel near I-40. We had a good breakfast in the restaurant and then took a nice morning hike down to the falls and back. The hotel room was small, clean, and comfortable. Nice lodge and park grounds. I am glad we stayed here rather than up near the I-40 generic standardized chains. Lot's of great parks and natural beauty in Arkansas, take some time to enjoy it.
  • Very clean. Spacious, level RV sites. Wide variety of activities not expected in a state park. Hiking trails, long and short, with lovely vistas, offer varied levels of difficulty. And the lodge has excellent service and good food. Reasons for not perfect score: *Though the swimming pool closure confused us, and had it been open as it stated on the door, I'd up it 1/2 star. *Long phone wait; line is always busy....another 1/2 star deduction as we tried calling 17 times in 2 days. Always busy, so plan ahead. That said, this park is worth a visit. The staff is friendly, buildings gleam with cleanliness, and scenery is spectacular.
  • This state park is one of the coziest, natural, fresh, and most of all beautiful places that I've ever been to in my life. The cabins that they offer here are clean, well built, and come with everything you need. And to boot, they offer a free bundle of wood when you rent out a cabin for you to enjoy a nice nice warming up to the fire. I look forward to coming back here and can't wait!

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