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.


Bear Cave Trail

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 monoliths and imagine the incredible forces of wind and water that caused what you see today. (Light Pink 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: 35.115367 -92.944567

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

See nearby trails:

Seven Hollows Trail :: 0.09 miles away.
Cedar Falls Trail :: 0.33 miles away.
Canyon Trail :: 0.34 miles away.

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Trail Visitor Reviews

By L LInks on 1/29/2011

Comment: Another wonderful short trail filled with rocky features and wooded areas. Can take your time to really enjoy the walk. Walking cane for those less agile or needing support is a good idea. This trail seemed more level than Rock House Cave Trail. Especially enjoyed "Eye of the Needle" rock feature. Our 9 year old grandson loved this hike too! Definitely a hike the entire family can take.

By Craig Imboden on 8/20/2010

Comment: This short trail is a MUST during a visit to Petit Jean. Our kids never tire of the hike! the views are outstanding, and the focal points such as the "caves" and the "Eye of the Needle" are just really neat little aspects of this hike. In the winter months the view into Cedar canyon are second to none. I would give this hike 5 Stars *****

By Reba on 7/14/2010

Comment: This trail was a very easy, fairly short trail. My kids, ages 3-11, LOVED it. We had such a good time exploring and admiring the rock formations. It was such a fun hike.

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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