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Arkansas Hiking Trails & Overlooks


Hiking Trails

Get information on the more than 20 miles of hiking trails in Arkansas that will guide you to Petit Jean's secrets. Walk to the spectacular 95 foot Cedar Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Arkansas, meander through amazing geology on the Seven Hollows, or enter Rock House Cave and view ancient pictographs.

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Easy Trails

Bear Cave Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Description: Visitors to Bear Cave can walk under, around, through and over (with care) gigantic sandstone boulders. Although there is no true cave, the huge rocks form a number of rock shelters and narrow passageways. Wander through these tremendous stone monoli... (read more)
Length: .25 mile
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Canyon Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Description: Once part of the Boy Scout Trail, this trail follows Cedar Creek's many small falls and deep pools as it splashes through the Cedar Creek Canyon. Large boulders and huge pines and sycamores dominate this very pleasant trail. (Yellow Blazes)
Length: 1 mile; 2 miles if backtracking to Cedar Falls Trail
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CCC Hike & Bike Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Description: This shaded trail connects Mather Lodge to the park campgrounds and is named in honor of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who constructed Mather Lodge and built many structures that the trail passes. The winding trail offers access to the Cedar... (read more)
Length: 1.75 miles
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Rock House Cave Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Description: 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 also includes some of the most interesting geological formations in th... (read more)
Length: .25 mile
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Moderate Trails

Cedar Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Description: This trail winds along a scenic section of Cedar Creek above Cedar Falls. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930's, this trail's rock steps and bluffs create a few difficult places. The mountain stream, high bluffs and thick... (read more)
Length: 1.25 miles
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Cedar Falls Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Description: The trail begins behind the breezeway at Mather Lodge, a majestic CCC rustic style mountain lodge, and winds down into Cedar Creek Canyon. Massive stone boulders and large trees adorn the trailside. The trail then follows Cedar Creek to 95-foot Cedar... (read more)
Length: 2 miles round trip
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Seven Hollows Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Description: This loop trail passes through a series of small canyons under the canopy of a dense hardwood forest. Unique features such as a natural stone arch, rock shelters, a box canyon and signs of prehistoric bluff-dwelling Native Americans add to the experi... (read more)
Length: 4 1/2 miles
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Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Description: The Boy Scout Trail connects and follows portions of almost all the trails at Petit Jean State Park. All the different habitats that make up the park's ecosystem are represented on this trail. It is long and at times difficult, so start early and pla... (read more)
Length: 12 miles
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Strenuous Trails

Cedar Falls Trail

Difficulty: Strenuous
Description: The trail begins behind the breezeway at Mather Lodge, a majestic CCC rustic style mountain lodge, and winds down into Cedar Creek Canyon. Massive stone boulders and large trees adorn the trailside. The trail then follows Cedar Creek to 95-foot Cedar... (read more)
Length: 2 miles round trip
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Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail

Difficulty: Strenuous
Description: The Boy Scout Trail connects and follows portions of almost all the trails at Petit Jean State Park. All the different habitats that make up the park's ecosystem are represented on this trail. It is long and at times difficult, so start early and pla... (read more)
Length: 12 miles
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Petit Jean State Park guests learn about snakes to watch out for on Arkansas hiking trails.

Petit Jean Programs

Find information on the interpretive programs and special events Petit Jean State Park's Interpreters offer.

Overlooks:

Rising 1,120 feet above the Arkansas River Valley, Petit Jean Mountain offers sweeping views and many overlooks from which to enjoy them.

Petit Jean's Gravesite at Stout's Point on the mountain's East Brow is Petit Jean State Park's most well-known overlook. This is a peaceful place to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Arkansas River below and learn about the romantic legend of Petit Jean. An elevated, barrier-free walkway including wayside exhibits affords views from different points around Stout's Point. Petit Jean visitors stand at an overlook stretching  around the bluff at Stout's Point affording views of the Arkansas River Valley below.Legend tells of the young French girl who disguised herself as a cabin boy so she could secretly accompany her fiancée to the "New World". Petit Jean became fatally ill and requested to be buried here. From this point, you can view the Arkansas River, Lock and Dam #9, Blue Point, and Ada Valley. Leave No Trace

The Mary Ann Richter Overlook on Red Bluff Drive offers views toward other mountains including nearby Mount Nebo and distant Mount Magazine, Arkansas's high point at 2,753 feet. Dardanelle Rock, Carden Bottoms and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge are also visible from this overlook.

Further down Red Bluff Drive, the CCC Overlook is on the bluff of Cedar Creek Canyon. Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this native stone overlook offers views of the Canyon and the Petit Jean River.

At the Palisades Overlook on Ark. 154, you can look down into Cedar Creek Canyon or across to the CCC Overlook on the opposite rim. This overlook is an excellent viewpoint for watching the sunset over the Arkansas River Valley.

The Cedar Falls Overlook is a vantage point high above 95-foot Cedar Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Arkansas. A barrier-free walkway with wayside exhibits leads down to this overlook.