What to do in Mt. Magazine State Park

Through a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, Arkansas's newest state park is located in the Ozark National Forest high atop 2,753-foot Mount Magazine, the state's tallest mountain. The highest relief between the Rockies and the Appalachians, Mount Magazine offers vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains. Altitude, geography, and climate combine to create unique habitats for rare plants and animals. The elevation makes the mountaintop a cool place to be on hot summer days.

Mount Magazine State Park offers a campground featuring 18 campsites (including Premium A,Premium B, Preferred B, and Standard C), hiking trails, overlooks, a pavilion, picnic area with restrooms, visitor center with exhibit gallery, and gift shop. Park interpreters present a wide variety of interpretive programs about the flora, fauna, and natural and cultural history of Mount Magazine.

Recreation
The park is a place to enjoy sightseeing. It's a place for nature lovers, and for students of the natural sciences. It's a place to explore the mountain's rich history. And Mount Magazine is a destination for outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts.The more adventuresome can go rock climbing, hang-gliding, biking, horseback riding, and riding along the ATV trails here.Mount Magazine is the state parks system's most dramatic location for technical rock climbing. Traditional and sport climbing, and rappelling, are allowed in the park in a designated area on the mountain's south bluff that overlooks the Petit Jean River Valley. This 1,500-foot wide stretch of sandstone boasts over 100 routes up to 80 feet high, ranging from 5.5 to 5.12c in difficulty, with plenty in the 5.10 and under range. Climbers are required to register at the state park visitor center.Hang gliders have flocked to Arkansas's highest point for many years. Rising high above the Petit Jean River Valley and Arkansas River Valley, 2,753-foot Mount Magazine has near perfect conditions for flight. Hang gliders must register each day at the park visitor center and be Class 4 certified to fly alone. A Class 3 flier can fly with a Class 4. Parking is available at the hang gliding launch site.Arkansas's highest mountain at 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. For mountain bikers, the Huckleberry Mountain Trail is a challenging 34-mile trek down the mountain and into the adjacent Ozark National Forest. This multi-use trail is also used by equestrians, ORV's, and backpackers. The trail's three loops cross creeks and connect Mount Magazine with nearby Huckleberry Mountain. Camping is allowed on the portions of trail that are located on national forest lands.

Location
Mt. Magazine State Park is located atop 2,753-foot Mount Magazine in the Arkansas River Valley Region of western Arkansas. The park is found west of Dardanelle on Arkansas Hwy. 155.

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.

Address
16878 Hwy. 309 South
Paris, AR 72855

Phone: 501-963-8502

Email: mtmagazine@arkansas.com
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