Mount Magazine State Park

Paris Arkansas

River Valley Region

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The park's newest facility, The Lodge at Mount Magazine, opened in May 2006. This magnificent, mountain resort lodge features 60 guest rooms that all offer breathtaking views of the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake from Mount Magazine's south bluff. Forty of these guest rooms include balconies and 17 offer spa tubs. Fine dining can be enjoyed in the lodge's Skycrest Restaurant where large windows frame the dramatic view from the bluff. The lodge also features a conference center, business center, indoor heated swimming pool, and fitness center.

Stretching along the bluff from both sides of the lodge are the park's 13 new fully-equipped cabins. Each cabin features an outdoor hot tub on a covered deck that faces the sweeping view from the bluff.

The dramatic bluff setting and these first-class facilities combine to make Mount Magazine a destination for unforgettable vacations, getaways, business meetings and conferences, corporate retreats, weddings, and other events.

For lodge and cabin reservations call 1-877-665-6343.

The park also offers a campground featuring 18 campsites [two Class AAA and 16 Class AA with Class B or Class D (tent only) options], hiking trails, overlooks, a pavilion, picnic area with restrooms, visitor center with exhibit gallery, and gift shop. Park interpreters present a wide variety of interpretive programs about the flora, fauna, and natural and cultural history of Mount Magazine.

The park is a place to enjoy sightseeing. It's a place for nature lovers, and for students of the natural sciences. It's a place to explore the mountain's rich history. And Mount Magazine is a destination for outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts.

The more adventuresome can go rock climbing, hang-gliding, biking, horseback riding, and riding along the ATV trails here.

Mount Magazine is the state parks system's most dramatic location for technical rock climbing. Traditional and sport climbing, and rappelling, are allowed in the park in a designated area on the mountain's south bluff that overlooks the Petit Jean River Valley. This 1,500-foot wide stretch of sandstone boasts over 100 routes up to 80 feet high, ranging from 5.5 to 5.12c in difficulty, with plenty in the 5.10 and under range. Climbers are required to register at the state park visitor center.

Hang gliders have flocked to Arkansas's highest point for many years. Rising high above the Petit Jean River Valley and Arkansas River Valley, 2,753-foot Mount Magazine has near perfect conditions for flight. Hang gliders must register each day at the park visitor center and be Class 4 certified to fly alone. A Class 3 flier can fly with a Class 4. Parking is available at the hang gliding launch site.

Arkansas's highest mountain at 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. For mountain bikers, the Huckleberry Mountain Trail is a challenging 34-mile trek down the mountain and into the adjacent Ozark National Forest. This multi-use trail is also used by equestrians, ATV's, and backpackers. The trail's three loops cross creeks and connect Mount Magazine with nearby Huckleberry Mountain. Camping is allowed on the portions of trail that are located on national forest lands.

Did you know the stateís highest mountain is home to Arkansasís newest state park?

Named by French explorerís for its barn-like silhouette, Mount Magazine rises over the sprawling Arkansas River Valley in west central Arkansas. At 2,753 feet above sea level, Mount Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas and home to the Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansasís newest state park.

Here youíll enjoy magnificent vistas of the broad river valley, the surrounding Ozark National Forest and distant mountains like Petit Jean and Mount Nebo. Mount Magazine has lured and fascinated explorers, naturalists, scientists and travelers for centuries, and youíll understand why when you discover it for yourself.

Over the years the mountain was home to many farms, home sites and resort lodges that are now only memories. From as early as the 1850s, travelers summered atop the mountain, attracted by lower temperatures that are usually 10-15 degrees cooler than the valley below.

Today, Mount Magazine State Park stretches over 2,200 acres of the mountainís plateau-like summit of mostly oak-hickory and pine forests. Altitude, geography and climate combine to create unique habitats for rare plants and animals. The elevation makes Mount Magazine a cool place to be during hot summer days.

Youíll find a wide variety of choices for outdoor adventure. Hiking trails provide hours of enjoyable hiking, biking and horseback riding through the forests. For those with nerves of steel, there is rappelling and rock climbing on the 200-foot high bluffs. Take a leap with your hang glider to soar with the birds over the vast Arkansas River Valley, or enjoy the mountain at a more quiet pace photographing wildflowers or birds, and watching the many species of butterflies.

New roads complete with bike lanes lead to the parkís new facilities. More park facilities are under construction and under design. Enjoy the new camping facilities at the Cameron Bluff Campground. Stay overnight in one of the 18 campsites offering water, electric and sewer hookups.

Use the state park as a base camp and enjoy the hunting, fishing, boating, backpacking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities you can enjoy in the Ozark National Forest.

Arkansas State Parks and the USDA Forest Service are working to recognize the mountain's recreational potential while conserving the natural resources of this unique ecosystem. Among many resource management techniques, the USDA Forest Service conducts controlled burns on small sections of the mountain to keep the habitat in its pre-settlement condition. As a result, glades, seeps and other unique habitat support a variety of wildlife, some found in few other places in the world.

Restaurant/Conference/Meeting Facility

Mount Magazine State Park Lodge is designed to accommodate conferences, meetings, and business retreats in the rustic warmth of this spectacular hostelry. The lodge's 35,678-square-foot conference and meeting facility features a 3,772-square-foot conference/meeting space. This multi-functional space can be divided into three meeting rooms, or it open up to accommodate banquet seating for up to 192 persons at 24 eight-person tables.

The 175-seat restaurant features a massive stone fireplace and windows overlooking the valley below.

Conference Room Layouts

The conference facility has 3,840 square feet of space with capability to divide into three rooms of 1,280 square feet each. Two smaller meetings rooms are near the main entrance, which have 880 square feet per room and include a hospitality service counter.

An audiovisual presentation system is available in each banquet and meeting room. All visual media formats from computer to digital camera are displayable in large screen format.

Pavilion

PavilionThe park's modern rustic-style stone and wood beam picnic pavilion is excellent for family reunions, wedding receptions, or company picnics. The open sides allow you to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere while still being protected in times of inclement weather. The inside of the pavilion measures 50" x 25" (Total = 1,250 sq. ft.) and has 10 moveable picnic tables. A large barbecue grill/fireplace is on the northwest side of the pavilion. For comfort and convenience, electrical outlets, ceiling fans, lights, water, and clean restrooms are located in, or adjacent to, the pavilion. The park visitor center is located directly across the road.

Gazebo  

On the edge of Cameron Bluff looking west over the Arkansas River Valley is a 225- square-foot gazebo built around 1938 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Popular for small weddings and romantic dinners (see package deal "Romance in Paris" under http://www.arkansashotdeals.com/ ), the gazebo is also an excellent setting for enjoying the colorful sunsets as seen from the top of Mount Magazine. Visitors are welcome to use the gazebo free of charge. However, reserving it assures that it will be available for your special occasion.

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The park is located on Scenic Highway 309,
17 miles South of Paris, Arkansas.

Contact Information
16878 Highway 309 South
Paris,  AR  72855
E-mail:  MountMagazine@Arkansas.com
Park/Campsite Reservations
1-479-963-8502
877-MMLodge (877-665-6343)
 

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