What to do in Petit Jean State Park

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.

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.

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.

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
1285 Petit Jean Mtn. Road
Morrilton, AR 72110

Phone: 501-727-5441

Email: petitjean@arkansas.com
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