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Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton

(4.8/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Petit Jean State Park and other attractions in Morrilton, use our Morrilton itinerary planner.
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  • Beautiful park with many hiking trails, appropriate for all ability levels. Some paths are even paved, for a shady and more accessible walking/hiking opportunity. Besides the hiking and nature walks, ...  more »
  • We stopped at the campground as we worked our way to Missouri for campground hosting. We based our stop based largely on distance - Petit Jean was the right place for a stop. What a nice surprise. Tal...  more »
  • After a nice walk along a paved trail we stopped at the Lodge for lunch and were very impressed. We had an incredible view into a ravine surrounded by natural beauty. The Lodge is just what it sounds ...  more »
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  • We had a good camping adventure. Great hikes with beautiful views and great facilities. Would recommend getting a reservation. We didn't have one and originally ended up in overflow which is still very beautiful and you can see the stars at night because it is more open than the sites with many trees; however, you cannot build a fire in overflow. There are day-use above ground grills you can use but we really wanted a camp fire. Luckily as my husband was finalizing our site someone called and cancelled there reserved site and we got it! (So if you're going without a reservation and happen to end up in overflow just be aware you won't be able to build a fire next to your site.)
  • This is a very beautiful park with several awesome trails and lots of history! The story of how the park was named is amazing and very romantic! The woman it was named after has her final resting place outlined below the mountain and the views around it are gorgeous! There are a few old homesteads as well. You can also camp or rent a cabin here; the cabins are cute with amazing views!! This is definitely somewhere to spend a whole day or even a few!! The best part about Petite Jean is the gorgeous waterfall! You can actually hike behind it, but it is hard to tell until you get close: don't be afraid to do it, it is worth it!!!
  • It's a very beautiful and breathtaking park! The staff information center is always very helpful! There are several different trails to choose from the falls to a quick stroll! Then in summer time you can rent Kayaks by the hour or for the day on Lake Bayley!
  • Beautiful Park with great hiking and overlooks. Cedar Falls is a large waterfall that is almost always flowing. We'll worth the effort. Give yourself a couple of hours to make the hike and spend some time at the scenes pool beneath the falls. One caveat about the camping: The last two times I've camped there I've been disappointed by the large number of obnoxious campers who think camping means string up a bunch of lights, stay up late yelling, and play a bunch of worn out Skinnard tunes until the ranger comes and makes you shut it down. If you can avoid the inconsiderate red necks you'll love this place!
  • Great place. Beautiful landscape. Breathtaking. There's a lake on top the mountain. Great place to sleep under the stars. Hiking trails. Indian drawings in the cave. Just a beautiful place all the way around. People are always friendly. And they rent Yurts. And cabins.