Camping at Petit Jean State Park

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Petit Jean State Park is located near Morrilton, Arkansas just northwest of Little Rock. We visited here for the
first time over the kids spring break, and spent three days hiking, exploring, and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Petit Jean is a beautiful state park located in northcentral Arkansas. This is a gorgeous area with tall pine
trees, scenic bluffs, crystal clear creeks, water falls, tons of interesting rock formations and caves. The park
contains 125 individual campsites and accepts reservations. Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers or
RVs, and most of these have water and electric hookups. The bathrooms have flush toilets and nice shower
areas, and while we were there they were very clean and well kept. The campsites are located in a heavily
wooded area, with no underbrush, kind of a park like setting.

In addition to campsites, there are many cabins available to rent at Petit Jean State Park, and Mather Lodge
offers 24 guest rooms. There is also a restaurant at Mather Lodge that offers spectacular views.
After a long day of hiking we stopped by the restaurant for dessert, and relaxed and enjoyed the view.

If you like fishing or water sports then Lake Bailey is located just past the visitor center. For hikers, there are
around 20 miles of interconnected trails. The
hiking trails are well marked and maintained, and provide
access to some wonderful scenery. These range from short 1/4 mile hikes to long 12 mile hikes, with many
others in between. Even though you go up and down in elevation, most of these trails are not difficult, and
there are many resting spots along the way.

During our stay, we hiked the Cedar Falls Trail, Cedar Creek Trail, the Bear Cave Trail, the Rock House Cave
Trail, the Seven Hollows Trail down to the Natural Bridge, and visited the Cedar Falls Overlook.  The scenery
was absolutely magnificent, and we had a wonderful time. Here are some pictures that were taken during our
trip (March, 2009).
Cabin Rentals
Our campsite from the road
Cedar Falls Overlook
Bear Cave Trail
Seven Hollows Trail
Cedar Creek Trail
Rock House Cave
One of two bridges -
Cedar Creek Trail
Natural Bridge -
Seven Hollows Trail
Campsite 28 -
camping area B
Small waterfall -
Cedar Creek Trail
Rock formation -
Cedar Creek Trail
Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean - Campsites
Campsite
Petit Jean Cabins
Campsite
Cedar Falls
Bear Cave
Creek View
Water Falls
Rock Formations
Rock House Cave
Natural Bridge
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