Petit Jean State Park

Arkansas' premier park for the outdoorsman and next door to an antique automobile museum

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Petit Jean was the first state park in Arkansas. It was constructed by the CCC in the 1930's and many of the original stone buildings are still used. The highlight of the park is the Adirondack-style historical mountain lodge, the Mather Lodge, which overlooks the beautiful Cedar Creek Canyon. The park offers breathtaking vistas and trails through the forest, canyons, meadows, and along side streams and mountainsides. One can enjoy much beauty in this park while touring the Bear Cave, taking a walk down the wooden trail path to the overlook to 95-foot Cedar Falls, viewing beautiful sunsets from the windows of the Mather Lodge, or kayaking on Lake Bailey, or just sitting in a picnic area in the park. If you need to do something on a rainy day or aren't into hiking, take in the Museum of Automobiles with its outstanding antique cars showcased there. 

Petit Jean has an outstanding campgrounds with many sites having full hook-ups. There is also a beautiful lodge with a restaurant and rustic cabins with fantastic views for those who do not camp. If you need a motel, check out Morrilton, a nearby city.

For more information look over the Petit Jean State Park website.

Below are more pictures of Petit Jean State Park's Cedar Falls Trails.

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Below are pictures of Other Petit Jean State Park's Many Trails.

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Below are pictures of Stout's Point just outside the east entrance to Petit Jean.

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The Museum of Automobiles is a must see while you are visiting Petit Jean.
This museum has 50 displays of very unusual cars. There is an admission charge for this facility, but the experience is worth it.

The Museum of Automobiles at Petit Jean was founded by Winthrop Rockefeller in October1964.

 

This is a video done by Irene Taylor that shows some of the displays and gives some history how the museum came about.

The 1 1/2 minute video below done by Arkansas State Parks Department gives you an good overview of Petit Jean State Park.

One of Petit Jeans most spectacular sites is Cedar Falls. This 2:43-minute video done by David Bentley features it along with streams and scenes around the falls.