Park Hours:

Visitor Center Open All Year:
Jan. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

With the following exceptions:
May 25 - Aug. 11 Sun. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
April, May, Aug. 12-31, Fri. & Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Rock House Cave Trail

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 the park; Turtle Rocks. (Purple Blazes)

Length: .25 mile
Approximate time for trail completion - .5 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Type:

Hiking Trail

For Information:
Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, 501-727-5441

Trail Start

GPS Coordinates: 35.122817 -92.936633

Take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Hwy. 9, then go 12 miles west on Hwy. 154; or from Dardanelle, travel seven miles south on Hwy. 7, then go 16 miles east on Hwy. 154 to the park.

See nearby trails:

CCC Hike & Bike Trail :: 0.38 miles away.
Canyon Trail :: 0.40 miles away.
Cedar Creek Trail :: 0.40 miles away.

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Trail Visitor Reviews

By L Links on 1/29/2011

Comment: Wonderful trail filled with rocky features. Can take your time and enjoy the walk. Walking cane for those less agile or needing support. Steep in a couple of areas but not what I would call difficult. Trail ends at Rock House Cave (quite a wonder). You must double-back up the trail to exit. Our 9 year old grandson absolutely loved this hike! We were glad we could keep up with him on this trail.

By Craig Imboden on 8/20/2010

Comment: This short hike is another must do when visiting Petit Jean. The unique rock formations known as "turtle rocks" greet you on your decent down to the "rock house". Once at the destination, you can see numerous pictographs that ancient Native Americans scribed high on the ceiling of the overhang. There is also a unique "mortar and pestle" that was once supposedly used. This is a great place to explore alone, but highly recommend doing a guided tour where you can learn so much more. ***** 5 stars

By Reba on 7/14/2010

Comment: We hiked Rock House Cave Trail over Memorial Day weekend. It was a fairly easy hike; even our three year old hiked it (instead of backpacking on his Daddy's back). The Rock House Cave is very neat. We were there close to dusk so the Native American drawings were not easy to see but I captured a picture of one that was very clear. It was a really neat area. We also loved the turtle rocks!

To ensure you enjoy your state park experience, be aware of the natural world. There are some areas which are potentially hazardous to all visitors. Since it is impractical to post signs at all danger points, use caution when approaching such areas as cliffs, caves, heavily wooded areas, swamps, streams, and lakes. Adults are responsible for children in their care. If unsure about possible hazards, check at the visitor center.

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