Hiking at Petit Jean State Park
Hiking Trails - Arkansas State Parks ...
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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.
The scenery in this part of the country is absolutely amazing. During our visit we had the opportunity to hike
many of the trails. Here is some information on the hiking trails that we explored that you might find helpful,
along with some of the photos that we took.
Bear Cave Hiking Trail is only 1/4 mile long and takes about 1/2 hour to complete. The trailhead is located
right off the main park road and there is ample parking available for either a car or RV. As soon as you start
this hike you are immediately walking through beautiful rock formations. The trail is well marked and easy to
along the way
|Trailhead to Cedar
|Ramp to the start of
|Entrance to Rock
|The Eye of the
Needle - Bear
|Starting out on
Bear Cave Trail
|Rock House Cave in
Cedar Falls Overlook - is only 1/4 mile long and takes about 1/2 hour to hike. The trailhead is located right off
the main park road and there is a large paved parking lot available for cars, buses or RVs. This hiking trail is
handicap accessible and really consists of a long, winding walkway made up of nice, smooth decking. At the end
of the walkway there is a large observation deck that has a wonderful view of Cedar Falls. This is well worth
seeing when you visit Petit Jean State Park.
|Trail slopes downward
over the Turtle Rocks
Bear Cave Trail
Rock House Cave Trail - The hike from the parking lot is only about 1/4 mile and takes you through a very
interesting area called the Turtle Rocks. This takes you gradually down the slope over bumpy rocks that look like
the back of a turtle shell. Once you get down below the Turtle Rocks then it is a short, easy hike to Rock House
Cave. This is another short hike that takes only about 1/2 hour to complete, but this trail connects up with Cedar
Falls Hiking Trail, which is about 2 miles long.
|View from Rock
|Looking for cave art
on back ceiling
|Back wall of Rock
Cedar Falls Hiking Trail - This hiking trail is about 2 miles long and takes about 2 hours to hike. This trail takes
you through a heavily wooded area with many interesting rock formations. Along the way there is a scenic overlook
of Cedar Falls, and there are also several caves along this trail. This trail has some up and down climbing, and the
park service rates it as being moderate to hard. Most of the trails at Petit Jean have some up and down climbing,
but also have many nice resting spots along the way where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
|Scenic bluff along
Cedar Falls trail
for steps on trail
the hiking trail
|One of many caves
in the area
Cedar Creek Hiking Trail - This hiking trail is about 1 1/4 miles long and takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. This
is a great hike that starts out near an old pioneer cabin and meanders along Cedar Creek. At the beginning of the
hike there are several small waterfalls with rock formations that provide great photo opportunities. There are two
bridges along this trail where you cross over the creek. The trail is well marked and makes for a very nice hike.
There is some up and down climbing, but this hike is not difficult. It starts at the Pioneer cabin and loops back to the
beginning of trail
|One of two bridges
|View from above
along hiking trail
Seven Hollows Hiking Trail - This hiking trail is about 4 1/2 miles long and takes 4 hours to complete the entire
hike. There is a large dirt parking lot at the trailhead, and it is only a 1.3 mile hike to Natural Bridge. Our hike took us
a little past Natural Bridge for a roundtrip of about 3 miles. This trail starts out different then most of the other trails, in
that the beginning of this trail takes you through smaller trees with kind of a sandy trail. However, about 1/2 mile into
the trail you begin to see lots of interesting rock formations and caves. This hiking trail has markers every 1/2 mile, so
that you can easily gage your progress. If you reach the 1.5 mile marker and you didn't see the Natural Bridge rock
formation on the left side of the trail, then turnaround and hike back a ways and you will be sure to see it. Coming this
direction it is almost impossible to miss, and you will wonder how you did, as it is quite impressive. This is a very nice
hike and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
|Seven Hollows trail
is a 4.5 mile loop
|Hiking Seven Hollows Trail
|One of many caves
along the hike
|Crystal clear stream