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Petit Jean State Park

1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd., Morrilton, Arkansas 72110 USA

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“bluffs once home to Native Americans”

Petit Jean State Park is a 3471 acre state park in central Arkansas managed by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Petit Jean State Park is located atop Petit Jean Mountain on the Arkansas River in the area between the Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges, in Conway County, Arkansas. Petit Jean State Park houses one of the largest and most magnificent Bluff Shelters in the state. Accessed via Rock House Cave Trail, the bluff shelter was once home to Native Americans well over a thousand years ago. These bluff dwelling Native Americans used the shelter as their house, and lived as nomads, hunters, and gatherers. They hunted with spears, for they had yet to invent the bow and arrow. The natives also left behind evidence of their existence. Today, evidence can be seen in the form of pictographs located high on the back wall of the cave. These pictographs were painted using minerals from the rocks in the area. The pictures all tell a story that was important to the Native Americans. Today, we can only imagine what they mean. Rock House Cave is an archaeological historical site, protected by state law.

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Reviewed by
Szbeylik

  • 23 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
January 06, 2016
Rated 5.0

The Rangers took us to a hidden cave they called the "tunnel" that isn't advertised to keep it pristine... We went in December, turns out, mosquitos winter in this cave, which was news for the Rangers too. Check out the pictures! Really nice, friendly guys. Beautiful lodge. Cabins are very comfortable and modern, with maintaining the rustic feel. What a gem!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SVPEARSON

  • 11 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
June 06, 2014

This park is amazing! Absolutely the best state park I have ever been to. The natural sights are breathtaking and visitor center folks were super friendly. Can't wait to head back there.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SteveandJaimeroadtrip

  • Road Warrior
  • 52 Reviews
  • 72 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

There is a lot to do up on this mountain as far as camping, hiking, paddling around and fishing in the little lake. Highly recommend eating at the lodge it is amazing and a beautiful view.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Romabout

  • 40 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 04, 2021
Rated 5.0

We camped here in Feb 2021 on a lake side spot. It was beautiful. The staff are friendly and the park is well maintained. The visitor center seemed brand new. Cedar Falls trail was closed but we saw it from the overlook. The lake was foggy and beautiful. The weekend was full but cleared out on Monday. Definitely would go back if we are in the area. Top notch state park.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tivy

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 08, 2014
Rated 5.0

I adore Cedar Falls trail!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kurt Lundquist

  • Road Warrior
  • 20 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
September 03, 2014

There in late August. Hiked the Cedar Falls Trail in the morning. All staff I passed at Mather Lodge as I headed to the trailhead, were super friendly.
The falls were almost stopped, but the hike was fun and a nice trail.
Campground was almost empty, so quiet, clean and enjoyable (week day)
Would go again to hike the different trails.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
christina.teichmiller

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 11, 2014
Rated 4.0

Wonderful park, good hiking!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dwagner818

  • 18 Reviews
  • 21 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

Great park, hiked two short trails. Wish I got to see more but I ran out of daylight. Stayed in a cabin one night - cabins were very nice and clean. Would go back.

1 person found this review helpful
  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 25, 2014

Beautiful park. Will definitely go back for some more hikes. Bra

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lancezambrano

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 12, 2019
Rated 5.0

So much beauty in this place! Definitely worth the drive and it was free I didn’t get to see everything there but definitely I recommend this! Beautiful creek, waterfall, and trails! Probably more but I didn’t stay long enough!

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Petit Jean State Park

1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd.
Morrilton, Arkansas
72110 USA

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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State park or forest
Back In RV Sites Count
22
Max Length
60ft
Max Stay
14
Pull Through RV Sites Count
26
Season End
Year Round
Season Start
Year Round
Sites Count
125
Standard Tent Sites Count
125
  • Swimming Pool
  • Paved Sites
  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
  • Pull Through
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Cabin Sites
  • Firewood
  • Group Tent Sites
  • Laundry
  • Potable Water
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
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  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
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