Mount Magazine State Park, atop Arkansas's highest peak, is ideal for sightseeing, enjoying nature, and learning about the natural sciences.
Through partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Mount Magazine State Park is situated atop the state's tallest mountain, which is at 2,753 feet above sea level. Diverse and abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, sightseeing opportunities, and interesting history make this a destination to visit in every season. It could take a lifetime to explore this mountain, but a visit here can provide a lifetime of treasured memories.
The park's magnificent 60-room Lodge at Mount Magazine and 13 park cabins opened in May 2006. Featuring breathtaking views from every room and cabin of the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake, these first-class facilities include the Skycrest restaurant, an indoor pool and state of the art meeting and banquet areas. The new Lodge carries on the mountain's lodging tradition that has been a part of the recreational legacy of Mount Magazine since 1900, one most recently carried forward by the U.S. Forest Service lodge that operated on the mountain, at the same site, from the 1940s until it was destroyed by fire in 1971.
An impressive sight from any direction, Mount Magazine looms over surrounding landscapes. Magnificent vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains welcome lovers of beautiful scenery and outdoor adventure. To the north are the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Plateau. To the south are the Petit Jean River Valley and Ouachita Mountains. Altitude, geography, and climate, on top of the plateau-like summit, combine to create unique habitats for rare plant and animals. Also, the elevation makes it a cool place to be during hot summer days with temperatures averaging 10 degrees cooler than surrounding lowlands.
Mount Magazine State Park offers a variety of activities for outdoor adventure, including rock climbing and hang gliding. Trails provide hours of enjoyable hiking and opportunities for wildflower and wildlife photography, bird watching, and the annual international butterfly festival held in June. New roads, complete with bike lanes, lead travelers to all park facilities including 18 campsites, a bathhouse, a pavilion and picnic area with restrooms, and the visitor center.
Arkansas State Parks and the USDA Forest Service are working in partnership to protect and manage the unique habitats that make Mount Magazine a special place. To discover more about Mount Magazine State Park, go to: MountMagazineStatePark.com.