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Petit Jean Campground
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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113 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Cabin on the Rim”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stayed in Cabin 9 on the rim of a canyon. Easy walking distance to Mather Lodge. We had a private view, picnic table, and backporch swing. Great place to bring a family...but keep an eye on the littles. The cabins back a canyon and the drop off is steep. No wifi. Very peaceful. We both slept well.
The restaurant has been recently renovated and is perfect for its surroundings. Enjoy the view! There is a daily special...$6.99. It was a lot to eat and delicious. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

This is a place for day trips or camping. Hiking trails and spectacular views. Bath houses and hook ups available. State Park with cabins, an old time lodge which is completely remodeled and a decent restaurant. I will include some photos.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Benton, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2013

I have been coming here since I was a child and have a real affection for the park and lodging. With the renovation and new construction, it couldn't be better. All of the historic CCC buildings have been spruced up but completely preserved and continue to be a great example of the extraordinary good that can be accomplished by government programs. The new reception area and restaurant are absolutely spectacular and complement the old architecture so beautifully that one would never suspect they have been here for 80 years. The views from the dining room are jaw dropingly gorgeous and the new kitchen and menus are worthy of them. The beef comes from WinRock Farms (established by Gov Winthrop Rockefeller) and is all grass fed. There is a good variety of offerings for all three meals and over an excellent value. The lodge rooms are comfortable and cozy and there is free WiFi throughout the lodge and reception areas. Since we were here for a family reunion, one sibling stayed in a cabin that offered plenty of room for everyone to gather and spread out. The cabins have wood burning fireplaces with a bundle of wood delivered daily and full kitchen with everything one needs. All of the staff is incredibly welcoming and very nowledgeable about the park and it's history. There are also wonderful mini exhibits that show the history of the construction and point out the significance of various details. Am so happy to be back and look forward to my next visit.

Room Tip: If staying in the lodge, the even numbered rooms offer a better view. All of the cabins are well sit...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

We stayed one night at Mathers Lodge in Room 116. Very affordable. The room was very nice and had a very comforable queen bed. Nice wall mounted flat screen tv, although limited on the channels, we didn't come to watch tv anyway HA. The views are spectacular! The lodge restaurant has good food, although the fried shrimp are pretty tasteless, the fried pork chops were very good. Lots of hiking trails. Everyone we met was very friendly, the staff was superb. Highly recommend this place, but you have to reserve way in advace, as it fill quickly, especially weekends. We had to book now to get a weekend cabin in September!

Room Tip: We had a corner room, #116, which has a shower/tub combo, most rooms have just a shower.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Granbury, Texas
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

We attended the Petit Jean fly-in but did not camp, instead we stayed at the Rockefeller Convention Center. Also, the Mather Lodge was beautiful and the food was very good. There are incredible views and hiking trails in this area and I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: I don't believe you can stay at the convention center unless you are at a convention. However...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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1 Thank rv8erdonna
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Frisco, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Overall, Petit Jean State Park is a fantastic place to visit. The hiking was spectacular and the trails well maintained. They also had a wide range of trail types/difficulties. We also took advantage of the free park interpreter lead activities and enjoyed learning about the rock formations and Bear Cave. The food and service at Mather Lodge was good. The area also has a wide range of accommodations from hotel rooms at the lodge, cabins, RV spaces, and tent camping. My friends and I ended up tent camping and the bath houses were very clean and well attended to. However, the only thing I would not recommend is the rent a teepee. We had originally planned on renting a tee pee for 5 people, which we were stoked about because they were located next to the lake and came with a canoe. Seriously, how cool is it to say “We are staying in a tee pee?” Online, the site says the teepee sleeps up to six. There was NO way the five of us plus our food was going to fit in that tee pee. Also, the teepees were coated with mold and the door flap did not properly close, thus making it impossible to keep mosquitoes and other bugs out. So, we got a refund for the tee pee and bought a tent at Wal-Mart to camp in. We checked out the rent a camps as well and they seemed perfectly livable. They actually had zippers and working flaps to keep you free of malaria. We would have rented one of those but they were completely booked. Please keep in mind, we are usually tent campers, which means we are perfectly fine with sleeping on the ground and walking a quarter mile to go the bathroom in the middle of the night, and we were completely appalled with the tee pee conditions. I recommend that Petit Jean either update their tee pees or convert them to rent a camps; as it’s a great deal to get a tent and a canoe for $50 a night. Again, taken as a whole, our experience was pleasant and Petit Jean is a great place for outdoor enthusiast.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

We camped in a pull trailer in campground section A. It has water, electric and sewer hook-ups. The campsites are large and well maintained. The bathrooms were very clean We had a great view if the lake. We will camp here again

  • Stayed April 2012
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Property: Petit Jean Campground
Address: 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd, Morrilton, AR 72110-9361
Region: United States > Arkansas > Morrilton
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Morrilton
Number of rooms: 189

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