The natural beauty and ancient geology of Petit Jean Mountain inspired the establishment Petit Jean State Park as Arkansas's first state park. The park's rustic-style, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s mirror their natural settings. Here in Arkansas, as in states across the U.S., the public works projects of the CCC endure as a legacy to the
craftsmanship and conservation achievements of these men.
Cedar Falls is the perfect selfie backdrop
Each season brings its own distinctive beauty to Petit Jean State Park. Many say that winter, after the leaves have fallen and the views in Cedar Creek Canyon are more wide open, is the best time to experience Petit Jean. Others enjoy the spring wildflowers or the sun-soaked recreation of summer. But others say that fall, when the trees are ablaze with autumn's flaming colors, is their favorite season to experience Petit Jean.
The focal point of the Adirondack-style park architecture at Petit Jean State Park is historic Mather Lodge. This is the only lodge built in an Arkansas state park by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Its recent renovation includes a new covered entrance and dining room. The renovated sections mirror the original portions that date from the 1930s. Following the lodge’s original construction in 1934 by the CCC, the Works Progress Administration constructed an architecturally compatible addition to the lodging wing in 1939.
Cedar Creek cascades into Cedar Creek Canyon as spectacular 95-foot Cedar Falls. Hike a park trail to the falls or enjoy a birds-eye view from the Cedar Falls Overlook. Look for the sign on Ark. 154 directing you to this barrier-free overlook.
Your time spent exploring and experiencing Petit Jean State Park will include many memorable moments to share.
From its setting on a bluff of Petit Jean Mountain, historic Mather Lodge overlooks rugged, scenic Cedar Creek Canyon. Many of the park cabins share the same bluff. The Cedar Falls Trail, one of the park's most popular trails, begins behind the lodge.
Following Mather Lodge's recent renovation, a new entrance greets visitors and guests. The renovation was carefully designed to have minimal impact on the original CCC and WPA portions of this historic treasure that date from the 1930s.
Following a year and half long renovation, Mather Lodge features a new rustic-style dining room with larger windows framing the view of Cedar Creek Canyon.
Enjoy the rustic warmth of Mather Lodge's new dining room. Windows frame the view of the seasonal beauty of Cedar Creek Canyon.
The portions of historic Mather Lodge dating from the 1930s include the 24 guest rooms, the original lobby, and the CCC dining room. The rustic warmth of these rooms was created by the craftsmanship skills of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The work of CCC Company V-1781 at Petit Jean is preserved in three National Historic Districts that contain over 80 buildings, structures, trails, and bridges listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The westward view of Cedar Creek Canyon from Mather Lodge is enhanced each evening by a dramatic sunset.
The timeless view of Cedar Creek Canyon from historic Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park is breathtaking and especially dramatic at sunset.
The swimming pool at Mather Lodge serves lodge and cabin guests. While you relax in these refreshing waters you can also enjoy the view of Cedar Creek Canyon. [NOTE: At a separate location near the park's tennis courts and ballfield is a pool for the enjoyment of all park visitors.]
The view of Cedar Creek Canyon from Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park changes with the four seasons. This natural beauty is capped each evening with a dramatic sunset to be enjoyed and remembered as another special memory from time spent on legendary Petit Jean Mountain.
Choose from 33 park cabins. All are fully-equipped, and 21 include kitchens. Many share the same bluff as Mather Lodge. A park cabin is your perfect home away from home while you experience Petit Jean State Park.
The 33 cabins at Petit Jean State Park include CCC/Rustic-style and modern duplex designs. All are fully-equipped, and 21 of the cabins include kitchens. Many include wood-burning fireplaces for use during fall and winter months.
Cabin choices at Petit Jean State Park include modern duplex designs.
Choose from 125 individual campsites at Petit Jean State Park. Other camping choices include a Group Camp Area, Rally-style Area, and four Rent-A-Yurt.
Camping choices at Petit Jean State Park include four Rent-A-Yurt. Situated near the shore of Lake Bailey, these round, high walled tents include electricity, wood floors, screened windows, and doors with locks. They are equipped with bunks, a stove, lantern, and ice chest. Linens are not furnished. Each sleeps up to six persons.
Explore the hiking trails at Petit Jean State Park. They lead through woodlands and mountain terrain, along and over Cedar Creek, into the Seven Hollows, and down into Cedar Creek Canyon to Cedar Falls.
The scenery along the trails at Petit Jean State Park is highlighted by the distinctive beauty of each of Arkansas's four seasons. More than 20 miles of trails are here for you to explore.
You'll take special memories home from your time spent at Petit Jean State Park. A perfect word to describe this Arkansas state park is "unforgettable."
A hike along the Seven Hollows Trail will take you through natural beauty and past ancient geologic formations including those named turtle rocks, The Natural Bridge and The Grotto.
Follow the Seven Hollows Trail and see The Natural Bridge, one of the many unique geological formations along its route.
A barrier-free walkway leads you to the Cedar Falls Overlook at Petit Jean State Park. Look for the sign on Ark. 154 directing you to this parking lot for this overlook.
Wayside exhibits at the Cedar Falls Overlook will help you understand what you are seeing from this vantage point.
The natural world is a world of wonder for children. Petit Jean State Park offers endless opportunities to spend time in nature.
Rock House Cave is not a true cave, but a large rock shelter. It is also the premier spot in the state for viewing Native American rock art created over 500 years ago. This trail that leads you here also includes other interesting geological formations.
Constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Davies Bridge spanning Cedar Creek is one of only eight masonry arch bridges left in Arkansas. And it is the only one featuring finished, rather than rusticated, stone.
Cedar Creek flows through Petit Jean State Park and cascades into Cedar Creek Canyon as 95-foot Cedar Falls. Several of the park trails pass along these waters.
Join a park interpreter for a guided kayak tour on 100-acre Lake Bailey. You'll see the park's historic boathouse, paddle past lily pads and American lotus blossoms, and view a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. Interpretive programs highlighting the park's natural and historic resources are offered throughout the year.
The Petit Jean Mountain climb will lead you to the sights to explore within Petit Jean State Park. Cross the park's Davies Bridge and travel along the scenic Red Bluff Drive. Two overlooks midway on this unpaved road offering sweeping views from the mountain.
Springtime at Petit Jean State Park is a celebration of wildflowers and flowering trees like this eastern redbud.
When Autumn's paintbrush touches Petit Jean State Park, the leaves are ablaze with color. Check with the park staff for estimates of when the leaves will reach peak color.
The natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park takes on a special magic in winter. Take in the views, enjoy an invigorating hike, and then relax by the fireplace in your cabin.
Petit Jean State Park offers something for everyone. It's perfect for couples or families. It's a destination for group retreats or a friends' getaway weekend.
Celebrate a holiday at Petit Jean State Park. The park hosts many events and offers programs by park interpreters throughout the year.
Make family memories to last a lifetime as you explore the natural beauty of Petit Jean State Park.
Petit Jean State Parks offers a variety of scenic overlooks. The best place to watch the sunrise is from Stout's Point, a site high above the Arkansas River on Petit Jean Mountain's east brow.
Stout's Point on the east brow of Petit Jean Mountain offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley below. It's the park's perfect vantage point for watching the sunrise. This overlook includes a barrier-free walkway that loops back to the parking lot.