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Petit Jean State Park - Day Hike Trails

Bear Cave Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: .25 mile
Time: .5 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Ark. 9, then go 12 miles west on Ark.154; or from Dardanelle, travel seven miles south on Scenic Ark. 7, then go 16 miles east on Ark. 154 to the park.

Description: Visitors to Bear Cave can walk under, around, through and over (with care) gigantic sandstone boulders. Although there is no true cave, the huge rocks form a number of rock shelters and narrow passageways. Wander through these tremendous stone monoliths and imagine the incredible forces of wind and water that caused what you see today. (Light Pink Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

Canyon Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: 1 mile; 2 miles if backtracking to Cedar Falls Trail
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty Comments: The Canyon Trail is considered easy, but the section on Cedar Falls Trail is moderate to strenous.

Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Hwy. 9, then go 12 miles west on Hwy. 154; or from Dardanelle, travel seven miles south on Hwy. 7, then go 16 miles east on Hwy. 154 to the park.

Description: Once part of the Boy Scout Trail, this trail follows Cedar Creek's many small falls and deep pools as it splashes through the Cedar Creek Canyon. Large boulders and huge pines and sycamores dominate this very pleasant trail. (Yellow Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

CCC Hike & Bike Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: 1.75 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Additional Trail Information: Trail Motto: “Use Good Trail Manners.”

Location: Trailhead: The CCC Water Tower near Mather Lodge. Trail end: Tanyard Springs road at western edge of Camp Area B

Description: This shaded trail connects Mather Lodge to the park campgrounds and is named in honor of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who constructed Mather Lodge and built many structures that the trail passes. The winding trail offers access to the Cedar Falls Overlook, the Cedar Creek trailhead at the Pioneer Cabin, the park swimming pool, tennis courts and the visitor information center. Using the CCC Hike & Bike trail offers a safe and scenic alternative to traveling along Highway 154 while walking or cycling.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

Cedar Creek Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: 1.25 miles
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Hwy. 9, then go 12 miles west on Hwy. 154; or from Dardanelle, travel seven miles south on Hwy. 7, then go 16 miles east on Hwy. 154 to the park.

Description: This trail winds along a scenic section of Cedar Creek above Cedar Falls. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930's, this trail's rock steps and bluffs create a few difficult places. The mountain stream, high bluffs and thick vegetation make Cedar Creek Trail perfect for experiencing local bird and plant life. A guide to the trail is available at Mather Lodge and at the park Visitor Center. (Dark Pink Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

Cedar Falls Trail (D-4) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: 2 miles round trip
Time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Exit No. 108 off I-40 at Morrilton, 9 miles south on Hwy. 9, then 12 miles west on Hwy. 154

Description: The trail begins behind the breezeway at Mather Lodge, a majestic CCC rustic style mountain lodge, and winds down into Cedar Creek Canyon. Massive stone boulders and large trees adorn the trailside. The trail then follows Cedar Creek to 95-foot Cedar Falls, one of the tallest continuously flowing waterfalls in the state. This is a photographer's paradise. (Orange Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

Rock House Cave Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: .25 mile
Time: .5 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Hwy. 9, then go 12 miles west on Hwy. 154; or from Dardanelle, travel seven miles south on Hwy. 7, then go 16 miles east on Hwy. 154 to the park.

Description: Rock House Cave is not a true cave, but a large rock shelter. It is also the premier spot in the state for viewing Native American rock art- created over 500 years ago. This trail also includes some of the most interesting geological formations in the park; Turtle Rocks. (Purple Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

Seven Hollows Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: 4 1/2 miles
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton, nine miles south on Hwy. 9, then 12 miles west on Hwy. 154

Description: This loop trail passes through a series of small canyons under the canopy of a dense hardwood forest. Unique features such as a natural stone arch, rock shelters, a box canyon and signs of prehistoric bluff-dwelling Native Americans add to the experience of this truly spectacular trail. (Light Blue Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail (D-4)

Park/Rec Area: Petit Jean State Park
Region: River Valley
Length: 12 miles
Time: 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Brochure: Available at lodge and visitor center

Location: Take Exit #108 off I-40 at Morrilton and travel nine miles south on Hwy. 9, then go 12 miles west on Hwy. 154; or from Dardanelle, travel seven miles south on Hwy. 7, then go 16 miles east on Hwy. 154 to the park.

Description: The Boy Scout Trail connects and follows portions of almost all the trails at Petit Jean State Park. All the different habitats that make up the park's ecosystem are represented on this trail. It is long and at times difficult, so start early and plan to take several breaks. Please register at the Visitor Center if you plan to hike the entire trail. (White Blazes)

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, (501) 727-5441 www.petitjeanstatepark.com petitjean@arkansas.com