Petit Jean State Park
Location: 20 miles west of Morrilton and Perryville atop Petit Jean Mountain along AR-154
Area: 3,471 ac.
Major Attractions: Cedar Falls, Huge Bluffs, Caves, Turtle Rocks, Incredible Views, Nice Lodge and Cabins, Lots of Campsites
Miles of Trail: 20+
My Favorite Part: Seven Hollows Trail
Getting There: From Central Arkansas either take I-40 to Morrilton, then AR-9 south, and AR-154 west; or for a more scenic route (and maybe faster from West Little Rock) take Hwy-10 west, AR-324 N, AR-155 N, and AR-154 E.
Petit Jean is a great place to visit year-round, but fall is probably the best since the views are spectacular, the waterfalls could be flowing, and you can take advantage of the cool temps to go camping, have a campfire, or enjoy the warmth of the fireplaces in the lodge. The park has lots of great trails covering a range of difficulties. The newest trail, the 1.75 mi. CCC Hike & Bike Trail, is paved and relatively flat. The Cedar Falls Trail is a bit tougher since it is rocky in places and has lots of elevation change, while the Boy Scout Trail is probably the most strenuous coming in at 12 miles and overlapping many of the other trails in the park.
|Natural Bridge (or arch) on Seven Hollows Trail|
|Cedar Falls in Winter|
|Cedar Falls Overlook|
|Interesting Rock Features|
|View of Arkansas River Valley from Petit Jean Gravesite|
Here is my less formal description of the park and its amazing features.