We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Petit Jean State Park

1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110
+1 501-727-5441
Review Highlights
Stunning Natural Beauty in the Natural State

We spent a full day here - exploring, sightseeing, and hiking. We really enjoyed discovering... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auburn, Alabama
Nice camping and hiking with the family

It was a busy, crowded Thanksgiving weekend, but we enjoyed our family gathering despite it. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anchorage ak
Read all 556 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
The beauty of Petit Jean Mountain and the surrounding area led to the formation of a state park system in Arkansas in 1923.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hiking trails” (62 reviews)
“mather lodge” (91 reviews)
“bear cave” (44 reviews)
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR 72110
Write a ReviewReviews (556)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 554 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a full day here - exploring, sightseeing, and hiking. We really enjoyed discovering various, natural and fascinating places such as the turtle rocks, the Rock House Cave, the Natural Bridge, and Cedar Falls waterfall. The waterfall was at a trickle, sadly, due to...More

Thank HawaiianHercules
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a busy, crowded Thanksgiving weekend, but we enjoyed our family gathering despite it. The sites are large made it okay. We had to move to a new spot every night (3 nights) because of the crowds and that made it inconvenient. Scenic hikes...More

Thank cliffandpat
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Great trails to hike and play in. Beautiful camping. Definitely going again. Only glich was there was a burn ban so no open flames. Put a damper on the planned nights of camp fires and Smores but over all still a great time. Bathrooms were...More

Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We stayed in a wonderful place arranged through Home Away. It was a spacious retreat for 8 adults. The outside decks, 3 of them, were awesome with a magnificent view...almost 1000 feet bluff over the river. We took advantage of the trails with a 2...More

Thank thedee2013
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Petit Jean is beautiful State Park and you can visit for free. The drive is really pretty and when you arrive at the Mather Lodge you will enjoy the view on the huge patio overlooking the gorge. Lots of hikes to choose from - we...More

Thank nowpacking
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We stayed 2 nights in the Mather Lodge here in the off-season (weekdays in late Sept) and had a wonderful time. From the drive up the "mountain" (it's really kind of a plateau) to restaurant meals overlooking the Cedar Creek gorge to all sorts of...More

2  Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This simply has to be one of the most beautiful state parks in Arkansas. The scenery here is breathtaking. There are easy to moderate hiking trails, as well as difficult, so any hiker should be able to find something to satisfy. In addition, there are...More

Thank Jules1013
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We had fun. A lot of walking and climbing. My son had fun climbing up the rocks and seeing the amazing views. Us adults had a good time as well getting to be out in nature and be on an adventure. My sister and son...More

Thank Jessica T
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite places in the world. Have camped there several times. Lots of camping spots, but good idea to make reservations. Sunsets at Mather Lodge are spectacular. Knowledgeable rangers gave an informative tour of CCC structures in the park. Visitor Center sells ice...More

1  Thank Mike W
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This is one of the best state parks I have visited. There are hiking trails for every level. You can hike 12 miles or a 1/4 mile trail. Very interesting geology and archaeology in the park. The lodge, cabins and hotel are very good. I...More

1  Thank jtinsel0912
Nearby Restaurants
Mather Lodge
244 reviews
.65 miles away
Mustang Sally's
32 reviews
11.29 miles away
Atkins International Cafe
9 reviews
8.83 miles away
52 reviews
12.37 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Mount Nebo State Park
169 reviews
11.55 miles away
Lake Dardenelle State Park
43 reviews
18.45 miles away
Toad Suck
9 reviews
22.87 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
18 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from ADPT-Region-5 | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. From Hwy 7 going north, turn at Centerville onto Hwy 154 which will bring them straight into the park about 16-18 miles later. This route is regularly negotiated with large campers so their 30ft... More
sally d
13 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from ADPT-Region-5 | Property representative |
There is an airport on the mountain. it is approximately five miles from the park, call the park for more information. The closest major airport is in Little Rock, AR it is an hour &1/2 drive to Petit Jean from there..
7 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 18 answers
Response from ADPT-Region-5 | Property representative |
There is wifi at Mather Lodge but sometimes cell phone service is better outside the Lodge. Cell phone service can be hit or miss.