This is one of Arkansas’ most popular parks for a good reason. It is beautiful. The park is located outside of Morrilton and along the Arkansas River. This park is kind of different than most state parks we have been to because the park is spread out along Route 154. The drive from one end of the park to the other is great because there is so many things to see along the way.
The last half of our Arkansas vacation, we camped here. The campground was clean and we had most of it to ourselves while we were there. The hiking at Petite Jean is fabulous! Each trail at the park offers something different. We hiked the following trails:
Bear Cave Trail: A fun trail around boulders and through passage ways.
Rock House Trail: Short trail to a rock shelter which is impressive in size
Cedar Creek trail: A slightly rugged trail featuring rock formations and bridges over the creek
Seven Hollows trail: This trail is about 4.5 miles long and has several different features along the way.
First, there is the “turtle rocks”.
There is also an short spur to a grotto that features a seasonal waterfall. There are lots of neat rock features along the way and great hiking.
There is even a natural arch along the way.
Even if you are not into hiking, this park still has a lot to do. There is a gravel road that called the Red Bluff Drive that takes you along the top of the mountain with awesome overlooks and a couple of shelters.
There is also the Cedar Falls overlooks which is very popular. There is a short hike to an overlook and there is also a trail that takes you to the bottom of Cedar Falls, but unfortunately we ran short on time and did not get to do this trail. My only regret =(
At the overlook parking lot, there was even an extra long parking spot for recreational vehicles! That was really nice since the parking lot was very crowded.
Also, be sure to stop by Petit Jean’s grave site and read on the history of the park.