Hiking 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.

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
hike.
Rock formations
along the way
Trailhead to Cedar
Falls Overlook
Bear Cave
Ramp to the start of
the trail
Entrance to Rock
House Cave
The Eye of the
Needle - Bear
Cave Trail
Starting out on
Bear Cave Trail
Rock House Cave in
the distance
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.
Cedar Falls
observation deck
Trail slopes downward
over the Turtle Rocks
Turtle Rocks
View of Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls Overlook
Petit Jean State Park
Hiking Bear Cave Trail
Hiking along
Bear Cave Trail
Hiking to Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls Overlook
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.
Rock House Cave
Hiking to Rock House Cave
View from  Rock
House Cave
Looking for cave art
on back ceiling
Cave Art
Back wall of Rock
House Cave
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
Natural stone
for steps on trail
Scenery along
the hiking trail
One of many caves
in the area
View from  inside cave
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
starting point.
Cedar Creek Hiking Trail
Cedar Creek Trailhead
Pioneer Cabin
Waterfalls near
beginning of trail
Hiking Cedar Creek trail
One of two bridges
along trail
Hiking Cedar Creek trail
View from above
Cedar Creek
Interesting rock
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.
Natural Bridge
Seven Hollows Trailhead
Starting out on the hike
Seven Hollows trail
is a 4.5 mile loop
Hiking Seven Hollows Trail
One of many caves
along the hike
Caves along hiking trail
Crystal clear stream
along trail
Natural Bridge
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