Petit Jean State Park

Quick Facts

Petit Jean State Park

Arkansas

(501) 727-5441

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Things To Do

Overview

Petit Jean Mountain is a special place - an unforgettable place - named for the legend of Petit Jean, the story of a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompanied her sweetheart, an early explorer, to the New World and to this mountain.

Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas's first and flagship state park, enhances this 300-year-old legend with windswept views, enchanting woodlands laced with streams and wildflowers, and a spectacular waterfall - Cedar Falls. The 1930s-era stone and log lodge offers visitors a perfect mix of luxury and modern conveniences and rustic architecture and design. A swimming pool and restaurant top off the amenities at the lodge. Cabins are also available in the park.

For those looking for a more back-to-nature experience, a 125 site campground is located in the park. All sites have electric and water hook-ups, and four bathhouses serve the campground. For anglers, Lakes Bailey and Roosevelt hold a large variety of fish, offering an enjoyable day fishing, and more than 20 miles of hiking trails lead visitors to the park's hidden secrets.

This park is a place where nature over time has formed sheer bluffs, Cedar Creek Canyon and the Seven Hollows, such distinctive features as Bear Cave, the Grotto and Natural Bridge, and whimsical formations locally named Turtle Rocks and Carpet Rocks.

It's a place where the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps endures in facilities mirroring the mountain's rugged beauty.

Map of Petit Jean (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.113598, -92.934795

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Activities

  • Boating

    Lakes Bailey and Roosevelt are home to many varieties of fish. Guests are welcome to rent a boat during the summer months, or bring your own year round (10 horsepower motor limit).

  • Camping

    A 125 site campground is located in the park. All sites have electric and water hook-ups, and four bathhouses serve the campground. For those who don't own camping equipment, a Rent-A-Camp and Rent-A-Tepee package, which includes a tent/tepee, mats, canoe, camp stove and other camping gear, is available March through November.

  • Fishing

    Lakes Bailey and Roosevelt are home to many varieties of fish. Guests are welcome to rent a boat during the summer months, or bring your own year round (10 horsepower motor limit). Fishing is also popular from the shore or from the ADA accessible fishing pier, providing easy access to the 100 acre Lake Bailey.

  • Hiking

    More than 20 miles of trails guide you to Petit Jean's secrets. Walk to Cedar Falls; meander through Seven Hollows; enter into Rock House Cave and much more. Trail maps and brochures are available at the Lodge or visitor center.

  • Historic Sites

    Begin your stay at Petit Jean with a trip to the visitor center and Gift Shop. While there enjoy the interpretive exhibits on the park's history and environment. Park interpreters provide guided hikes, nature talks, and workshops plus evening programs at the outdoor amphitheater during summer.

  • Picnicking

    Petit Jean provides wooded picnic areas along Lake Bailey and Lake Roosevelt with tables, grills, water and rest rooms. Two group pavilions are available for rent April through October.

  • RVing

    A 125 site campground is located in the park. All sites have electric and water hook-ups, and four bathhouses serve the campground. A dumpstation is available near the overflow area.

  • Water Sports

    Pedal boats can be rented from the boathouse, and a modern swimming pool is open during the summer for a refreshing dip on hot afternoons.

Seasonality/Weather

Several park amenities are available during summer only. Check with the park for more information.

Directions

Driving

For westbound travelers on I-40, take I-40 Exit #108 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Ark. 9, then go 12 miles west on Ark. 154 to the park.

For eastbound travelers on I-40, take Exit #81 at Russellville and travel Ark. 7 south 10 miles to Centerville, then go 16 miles east on Ark. 154 to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(501) 727-5441

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