Mather Lodge is on top of a small mtn in a beautiful part of Arkansas. It's a big post and beam lodge with rustic decor perched on the edge of a rocky cliff. Unlike national park lodges, it's very reasonable, super clean and comfortable. The beds are comfortable and the a/c works well. There are also cabins to rent, some with awesome views of the canyon, others in the woods. Everyone working there is friendly, polite and eager to help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Arkansas's historic treasures, Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park, reopened on May 8 following a beautiful, and fitting, $4.3 million renovation. The renovation work replaced the lodge's 1960s-era dining room with a more rustic-style design, expanded the kitchen, added a 50-person room for meetings and small banquets, relocated the guest registration desk, enhanced the 24 guest rooms, and constructed a new lodge swimming pool. Public restrooms were added underneath the pool due to its proximity to Cedar Falls Trail, one of the park's most popular hiking trails. The renovation did not affect any of the lodge's original Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration work from the 1930s. Now the renovated portion mirrors the Adirondack-style park architecture of the 1930s' portions of this Arkansas treasure. ... more less