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Cedar Creek waterfall
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Description - The natural beauty of Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of the Arkansas State Park system. Combining rustic-style with modern conveniences, facilities of log and stone constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps are nestled throughout Petit Jean State Park.

Attractions - The focal point is Mather Lodge, a grand 24 room retreat that hugs the bluff of an impressive canyon. Nearby are 32 fully equipped cabins (20 w/kitchens), and many share the same bluff as the lodge. The park also has 127 campsites near Lake Bailey and in secluded woodlands. The park also offers a rally style area, two "rent-a-camp" sites, picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions, a recreation hall, launch ramp, pool and tennis courts.

The canyon is the work of Cedar Creek, which cascades as a spectacular 95 foot waterfall. Upstream, a rock dam on the creek forms Lake Bailey, 170 acres for fishing and pedal boating. The boathouse overlooking the lake offers a snack bar, boat rentals and fishing supplies during summer. Trails lead you along forests, canyons, streams, meadows and mountainsides. Petit Jean Mountain is also home to the Museum of Automobiles, a showcase of antique and classic cars.

Recreation - Petit Jean State Park offers many outdoor recreational activities. Visitors will enjoy the camping, picnicking, hiking, pool and tennis courts, and touring the Museum of Automobiles. Lake Bailey provides 170 acres for fishing and boating opportunities. Interpreters host programs and special events highlighting the resources of this unforgettable state park.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - Petit Jean State Park is located in the Arkansas River Valley of central Arkansas. To reach the park, take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Arkansas Hwy. 9, then go 12 miles west on Arkansas Hwy. 154.


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Filed By: Killiansred
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been to Petit Jean twice in my life now. I love it there! It has everything that u could want in a park hikes, natural wonders, and wildlife (including a waterfall and a natural made bridge.) Just to let u know the 1/2 mile hike down to the waterfall is nothing...the 1/2 mile up is powerful! Please go and see this place I will go again and again...M

Filed By: Robert Hudgins (Brinkley, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hardest part is the drive up the mountain from the west side due to sharp turns. However, there are only a few real sharp ones. Beauty of the surrounding area is wonderful. If you're lucky, you may even see an eagle or some deer as I did. Access to areas is easy. You must tour the Museum of Automobiles. If time permits, take a hike to the bottom of Cedar Falls. Don't forget to visit Petit Jean's gravesite on the eastern side. The view is fabulous! I have been to Petit Jean Mountain many times, and loved all of the visits. Very relaxing. Be careful when driving down the mountain. Don't ride your brakes. Go visit. You'll love it!


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Contact Information:
Petit Jean State Park, 1285 Petit Jean Mtn. Road , Morrilton, AR, 72110, Phone: 501-727-5441
, petitjean@arkansas.com

Additional Information:
Arkansas River Valley Region - Arkansas River Valley Region is a scenic river valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain Ranges.
Arkansas State Parks - Arkansas's beautiful natural resources and history can be found in over 50 state parks and museums throughout the state.

Links:
Arkansas State Parks - Official Arkansas State Parks website.

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