“the highest point in Arkansas”
Rising high above the Arkansas River Valley, Mount Magazine State park preserves the spectacular scenery of the tallest mountain in Arkansas. Formed over thousands of years, Mount Magazine was a landmark for Native Americans long before the first Europeans set foot in Arkansas. French explorers and fur trappers who penetrated the region during the 1600s were quick to notice the mountain and, in fact, its name comes from the French word for barn. The name evidently refers to the unique barn-shaped outline presented by the mountain when viewed from a distance. The mountain was a hideout for both refugees and Arkansas men avoiding service during the Civil War. Its high bluffs provided both protection and outstanding viewpoints from which military movements could be watched. In the years after the war, Mount Magazine took on new life as a significant resort area. A lodge was built atop the mountain where visitors could enjoy cool breezes even during the hottest months of the summer. Plans were even made for the development of an entire town on the top of the mountain, but the envisioned city in the sky never became a reality. Today the mountain is an Arkansas state park and has moved into a new era in its history as a resort. The state has built a magnificent new lodge and restaurant on the bluffs overlooking Petit Jean Valley. Cabins and campgrounds are also available on the mountain. Mount Magazine also offers hiking trails, picnic areas, horseback trails and launching points for hang gliding. Several seasonal waterfalls flow down the sides of the mountain (usually during the winter and early spring) and the National Forest Service recreation area just below the park on Highway 309 offers swimming in a beautiful mountain lake. Often overlooked by many visitors to the park are its two significant waterfalls. Both flow best after good rains and are especially scenic in the winter and early spring. The Mt. Magazine Cascade, which is more than 100 feet from top to bottom, can be reached by following the trail from the Brown Springs Picnic Area for 1/2 mile until you reach a stream. The cascade falls off to your right. Mt. Magazine Falls is a 28 foot cascade and waterfall that can be reached from the last parking area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. Just follow the trail down the mountain and under the high bluff until you reach a creek. The falls will be downstream, 100 yards to your left. Please exercise caution visiting the falls as they are slippery and can be dangerous.
If I can name several of the most amazing views in Arkansas it would go Mount magazine, whitney mountain, white rock, pinnacle mountain, mount nebo. So if you are into views where you can see forever go here! We Love renting there luxury cabins with hot tubes on the porches. There are so many hikes to go to with varying levels. If you love butterflies you should plan to come to the butterfly festival it is one of the biggest in the nation and is a big deal!
We had our family reunion here last year and had an amazing time. The staffs are very nice and approachable. The rooms are clean and the view from the terrace is fantastic! The food is also great.
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