Petit Jean State Park, AR, USA

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Petit Jean State Park vacation rentals

It's all about the outdoors in the Petit Jean State Park

Beneath the boulder-topped heights of Petit Jean Mountain, along the bends of the Arkansas River, the Petit Jean State Park unfolds in a pretty patchwork of natural delights. The gushing Cedar Falls are its highlight, cascading like strips of white ribbon over the black-stone bluffs. Rustic cabins dating to the Civilian Conservation Corps days of the 1930s nestle between the pine trees and oaks. Autumnal colors erupt in the fall, magnetizing wildlife lovers to Petit Jean State Park vacation rentals, while plenty of hiking routes and campgrounds make it a great escape no matter the time of year.

Hiking in Petit Jean State Park

You'll feel the fresh breezes of the Arkansas backcountry in your hair as you take to the trails of the Petit Jean State Park. They wiggle and wind through the woodlands, over creeks and past the photogenic Cedar Falls. Some peak out on top of Petit Jean Mountain itself to offer sweeping panoramas over the bends of the Arkansas River and the grassy hills that undulate out towards the Ouachita ranges in the south. Spring ushers in festivals of wildflower weekends in this beautiful setting, while fall draws people to see the forests changing color.

Explore 1930s history in Petit Jean State Park

Petit Jean State Park is known for its cluster of country lodges built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s. The most iconic is surely the Mather Lodge, which hides up on the ridges atop Cedar Creek Canyon. There, you can settle in for hearty Arkansas fare or just wonder at the rustic architecture that's been preserved _ the timber-clad exterior and rough-stone walls make it something of a living museum. Natural sights like the Cedar Falls and the sculpted sandstone boulders of Bear Cave are all within hiking distance of that.

Blooms and fall colors in Petit Jean State Park

The Petit Jean State Park is a showcase of the handsome Arkansas backcountry, no matter the season. You can seek out Petit Jean State Park vacation rentals to come and wander the wildflower meadows along the edge of the Arkansas River in April and May. Or, you can come for the most popular, warmer times between June and August, when the Cedar Falls are seen by the streams of hikers in the woods. Fall is another favorite, mainly for the glorious array of reds and yellows that colors the forests then.

Petit Jean State Park showcases Arkansas' wild side

Petit Jean State Park vacation rentals will put you right in the middle of wild, western Arkansas. The rock-topped peaks of Petit Jean Mountain loom overhead, covered in forests of oak and pine. You can find gushing waterfalls and rivers, creeks and caves nearby, along with blooming flower meadows that come to life in the spring. A little trip west will bring you to the Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. That's got oxbow lakes that host myriad migratory birds.