Gallery: Petit Jean State Park

One of the loveliest of Arkansas’ state parks is Petit Jean. The park is located in central Arkansas, about 75 miles northwest of Little Rock. I had visited there once before in the fall of 2010 to hike Seven Hollows Trail, when the foliage was at its most splendid (see photo above). This time, the woods were still draped in a rich green, but a few reds and yellows were beginning to creep into the forest tapestry. I hiked many of the park’s trails over the two days we were there and I was often thinking that I want to return in cooler weather, particularly when the park’s fall foliage is at its peak.
In addition to Petit Jean’s beauty, the customer service at the park’s Mather Lodge makes it worth a stay. Every staff member we encountered made us feel welcome and went out of their way to help when we needed it. The lodge and cabins are of 1930s CCC construction, and a new addition has created a spectacular reception and dining area.
Here is the park’s web site: Petit Jean State Park and the gallery below includes a few photos from my recent explorations in the park:

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