Looking for a special place to stay when you visit Arkansas? Four state parks offer hotel-like lodges in Arkansas. Their locales include some of Arkansas's most scenic mountaintop and lake settings. Choose Arkansas lodges in our scenic state parks for your next getaway or vacation. Or, combine the comfortable accommodations with each lodge's state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities for your next group meeting or business retreat.
Arkansas's resort state park lies on the north shore of DeGray Lake, a 13,800-acre fishing and water sports destination in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Here you will find resort amenities combined with plenty of outdoor fun. DeGray offers a 94-room lodge and convention center, 113 campsites (Class B) and three Rent-A-Yurts, swimming, tennis, golf, hiking, bicycling and guided horseback trail rides. The park's full-service marina (open year-round) offers tackle, dock space, fuel and a wide variety of boat rentals.
Located atop 2,753-foot Mount Magazine, the state's highest mountain, this scenic Arkansas state park was developed by Arkansas State Parks in the Mount Magazine Ranger District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests through a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service. The mountain offers sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains. Here the altitude, geography, and climate combine to create unique habitats for rare plants and animals. The elevation makes the mountaintop a cool place to be on hot summer days.
The Lodge at Mount Magazine, the park's magnificent mountain resort and one of the finest lodges in Arkansas, features 60 guest rooms that all offer breathtaking views from Mount Magazine's south bluff of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake. 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 fully-equipped cabins. Each cabin features an outdoor hot tub on a covered deck that faces the sweeping view from the bluff.
Nestled in Mountain View, Arkansas, a town dubbed "Folk Music Capital of the World," the Ozark Folk Center is among America's cultural treasures. This is the only park dedicated to the perpetuation and interpretation of the heritage of the Ozark region. Sample the rich heritage of life in America's rugged Ozark Mountains through the performances of traditional music and dance, and the demonstrations of pioneer skills and homestead crafts, on display for your enjoyment, enlightenment, and education. At this cultural center, you can experience the Southern mountain music, dance, crafts, and lore that have been passed from generation to generation here since settlers first called these rugged, scenic hills home.
The natural beauty and ancient geology of Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas's state park system. Petit Jean State Park mirrors the mountain's rugged beauty with its rustic, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) beginning in 1933. The focal point is Mather Lodge, the park's mountain lodge on the bluff of scenic Cedar Creek Canyon. Featuring 24 guest rooms, a restaurant, meeting room, and swimming pool, this is among Arkansas's historic treasures that stand as a tribute to the craftsmanship and conservation achievements of the "Tree Army" of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression. The lodge's westward view across the canyon offers breathtaking scenery highlighted by a dramatic sunset each evening.
Located near the lodge are 33 fully-equipped cabins (21 with kitchens), many of which share the same bluff and views of Cedar Creek Canyon. The canyon is the work of Cedar Creek, which cascades as Cedar Falls, a spectacular 95-foot waterfall. Upstream, a rock dam forms Lake Bailey, 100 acres for fishing and pedal boating. A boathouse offers a snack bar, boat rentals, and supplies for sale during summer.
Park campsites (125 sites including 35 Class AAA and 90 Class B) are located near Lake Bailey and in secluded woodlands. The park also offers a Group Camp Area, a Rally-style Area, two Rent-A-Camp sites, and two Rent-A-Yurt sites. The park airport offers five Fly-in Premium D campsites (for tents only).
Travel the Talimena Scenic Drive, a National Scenic Byway, to this park high atop Arkansas's second tallest peak. The park as rich in history as it is in panoramic scenery. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry named Queen Wilhelmina Inn in honor of the Queen of the Netherlands was built on Rich Mountain by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad. Two inns have replaced the original "Castle in the Sky"--the latest is this park's focal point. NOTE: The current lodge is closed undergoing a major renovation. This closure pertains to the entire lodge including all guest rooms and the restaurant. The lodge will reopen in late 2014. The park offers 41 campsites [35 Class B, five Tent sites (with water nearby), and one Hike-in Tent Site], picnic areas, hiking trails and interpretive programs.