Petit Jean State Park’s CCC Hike/Bike Trail Open to Bicycles

Petit Jean State Park is pleased to promote the use of its new hike/bike trail, extending from the park’s camping areas to historic Mather Lodge.  The CCC Hike/Bike Trail is approximately 1.7 miles long.  It is mostly shaded and allows visitors to walk, jog, or ride a bicycle off the highway when traveling from their campsites to Mather Lodge or vice versa.  No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.  This trail begins near the junction of Highway 154 and Tanyard Springs Road on the eastern end and at the historic CCC Water Tower near Mather Lodge on the western end.  There are highway crossings at 154 near Mather Lodge, on the park road leading to the public swimming pool, and at the trailhead on Tanyard Springs Road.  Caution should be used when traveling through these crossings.  Connected to this trail are side trails leading to both the Cedar Creek Trailhead and to the Cedar Falls Overlook parking area.  You are invited to come experience this new trail for yourself! 

CCC Hike/Bike Trail  

Swimming Pool and Boathouse to Close on Weekdays

Beginning August 16th, the park’s public swimming pool and the boathouse will be closed on weekdays.  Both facilities will remain open on weekends through Labor Day Weekend, and will then be closed for the season.

Unique Ways to Support your Arkansas State Parks

The Coca-Cola Company and its subsidiary, Odwalla have created some exciting ways to support both state and national parks.
Vote for Your Favorite Park
From the Live Positively Website: “For over 40 years, Coca-Cola has supported America’s national parks. Through our support of individual parks and the National Park Foundation, we’ve helped maintain and rebuild 260 miles of trails so families can be active together while enjoying the great outdoors. In the last 4 years we’ve donated over 4 million dollars to national parks for restoration and renovation.
To demonstrate our commitment to our parks we’re encouraging all families to come out and play this summer. You can also help support America’s parks by simply voting for your favorite. The national or state park with the most votes will receive a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. Vote as many times as you like from 7/29 to 8/31/10.”
This could easily be an Arkansas State Park. It’s up to you. They don’t ask for any personal information and you can vote as often and for as many parks as you would like. We just ask that you make them Arkansas State Parks.
Vote for Trees 
From the Plant-A-Tree Website: “For the past 2 years, along with your help, Odwalla has made a commitment to our state parks by donating money to help plant trees. It’s pretty simple. We provide the trees, and you get to decide how much support each state gets.”
You can plant up to 5 trees and for every tree planted for Arkansas, the state parks gets $1.00 toward the purchase and planting of trees. This could be used for youth programs, facility landscaping or reforestation.
For this one they had us create a video to promote the program. Watch it here.
Vote For Trees 
Thanks for supporting Arkansas State Parks.

Special Events to be Held at Petit Jean State Park in the Fall of 2010

Petit Jean State Park is a great place to find free activities for the whole family on special weekends during the fall months.  Upcoming special events include the following:

Petit Jean Founders Day - September 4, 2010
In 1923 Petit Jean became the first state park in Arkansas thanks to the efforts of Dr. T.W. Hardison. In 1933, the 
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) laid the foundation for the park as we know it today. Join us for family friendly activities and programs that help celebrate the founding of Petit Jean State Park.

13th Annual Fall Swap Meet - September 22-25, 2010
This annual swap meet is hosted by the
Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain. Classic and vintage vehicles from all over the region will be on display. Call the museum at (501) 727-5427 for more information.
Great Arkansas Cleanup & National Public Lands Day - September 25, 2010
Help keep the state park clean and litter free!  Join us for a few hours of litter pickup and be rewarded with a free cookout lunch. Following lunch there will be a prize giveaway sponsored by area supporters.

Senior American Special - October 12-14, 2010
Experience the scenic beauty of Petit Jean State Park while enjoying the hospitality of the friendly park staff! Join us for free guided walks, talks, demonstrations and entertainment. Although designed for senior citizens, all ages are welcome to join in on the fun.

Halloween Season Fun at Petit Jean - October 30, 2010
Celebrate the “spooky season” on Petit Jean Mountain! Family friendly activities will be provided, and costumes are welcome.

13th Annual Mountain Rendezvous - November 26-28, 2010
Experience a primitive camp, and learn some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk throwing and more! This event is co-sponsored by the
Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association.

For more information on special event schedules, see our website at under “Things to Do” or contact the park at (501)727-5441 or by email at

Mather Lodge Restaurant to Undergo Renovation

In December 2010, the Mather Lodge Restaurant will undergo major renovation.  Only post-CCC portions of the lodge will be updated.  New additions are planned to closely reflect the design of the original 1930s Mather Lodge.  Lodge rooms will be closed during renovation, and the restaurant is scheduled to be closed for a year and a half or more.  Cabins will still be available for rent during the renovation period.  For information about lodge and cabin reservations, you may contact Mather Lodge at (501) 727-5431, or call 1-800-264-2462.

Historic Mather Lodge


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