“bluffs once home to Native Americans”
Petit Jean State Park is a 3471 acre state park in central Arkansas managed by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Petit Jean State Park is located atop Petit Jean Mountain on the Arkansas River in the area between the Ozark and Ouachita mountain ranges, in Conway County, Arkansas. Petit Jean State Park houses one of the largest and most magnificent Bluff Shelters in the state. Accessed via Rock House Cave Trail, the bluff shelter was once home to Native Americans well over a thousand years ago. These bluff dwelling Native Americans used the shelter as their house, and lived as nomads, hunters, and gatherers. They hunted with spears, for they had yet to invent the bow and arrow. The natives also left behind evidence of their existence. Today, evidence can be seen in the form of pictographs located high on the back wall of the cave. These pictographs were painted using minerals from the rocks in the area. The pictures all tell a story that was important to the Native Americans. Today, we can only imagine what they mean. Rock House Cave is an archaeological historical site, protected by state law.
This park is amazing! Absolutely the best state park I have ever been to. The natural sights are breathtaking and visitor center folks were super friendly. Can't wait to head back there.
The Rangers took us to a hidden cave they called the "tunnel" that isn't advertised to keep it pristine... We went in December, turns out, mosquitos winter in this cave, which was news for the Rangers too. Check out the pictures! Really nice, friendly guys. Beautiful lodge. Cabins are very comfortable and modern, with maintaining the rustic feel. What a gem!
There is a lot to do up on this mountain as far as camping, hiking, paddling around and fishing in the little lake. Highly recommend eating at the lodge it is amazing and a beautiful view.
I adore Cedar Falls trail!
There in late August. Hiked the Cedar Falls Trail in the morning. All staff I passed at Mather Lodge as I headed to the trailhead, were super friendly.
The falls were almost stopped, but the hike was fun and a nice trail.
Campground was almost empty, so quiet, clean and enjoyable (week day)
Would go again to hike the different trails.
Wonderful park, good hiking!
Great park, hiked two short trails. Wish I got to see more but I ran out of daylight. Stayed in a cabin one night - cabins were very nice and clean. Would go back.
Beautiful park. Will definitely go back for some more hikes. Bra
Rolled into the campground just before dark. So didn't see much on the drive in. But the next day,.. wow!!! Cedar Falls is a great hike and beautiful, the Lodge is gorgeous. Thick woods, nice trails, nice campground.
Great park! Very friendly staff! Campsites are just normal, no extraordinary views, but the trails have AMAZING views! We went on almost every trail and each one had many wonderful features. Campsite was almost empty on the weekdays bathhouses were clean and hot water worked great! We ate dinner at Mather's Lodge, the food is nothing to write home about, but the views are beautiful! This park definitely exceeded our expectations, we will visit again!
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