Petit Jean State Park is an Arkansas icon, a state natural and historic treasure that has welcomed travelers over the decades. The natural beauty and ancient geology of legendary Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas's first state park, and with it our state park system. The park mirrors the mountain's rugged beauty with its rustic-style, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) beginning in 1933. Within the park are three National Historic Districts containing more than 80 structures, trails, and bridges. Each of these remarkable works connects you to the craftsmanship and conservation legacy of the CCC, the close to his heart "Tree Army" of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
The focal point of this Adirondack-style park architecture is historic Mather Lodge, the park's mountain lodge on the bluff of rugged, scenic Cedar Creek Canyon. Nearby are the park cabins, campsites, picnic sites, swimming pool, Lake Bailey, boathouse, and other facilities and resources.
Hiking trails lead through forests, canyons, meadows, and along streams and mountainside. See where nature over time formed sheer bluffs, Cedar Falls, and the Seven Hollows, such distinctive features as Bear Cave, the Grotto, and the Natural Bridge, and other formations sculpted geometrically by nature called Turtle Rocks and Carpet Rocks.
Rarely do you find a special place that will beckon you back again and again. Petit Jean is that place. Rarely can a destination be everything for everyone, but Petit Jean is that place, too. Come discover this unforgettable Arkansas state park called Petit Jean.