Note: These are launch sites for experienced hang gliders, using their own hang gliders. Park visitors are welcome to watch as they launch and ride the thermals.
Wondering where to go hang gliding in Arkansas? Two of Arkansas’s 52 state parks offer hang gliding launch sites. At Mount Magazine State Park near Paris take in some of the most expansive views in Arkansas from 2,753-foot Mount Magazine, the state's tallest mountain. From Mount Nebo State Park near Dardanelle, soar high above the Arkansas River Valley from 1,350-foot Mount Nebo.
Hang gliders have flocked to Arkansas's high point for many years. Rising 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.
Hang gliding can be enjoyed from two launch sites on 1,350-foot Mount Nebo: Sunrise Point at the east end of the mountain and an area behind the park visitor center. Call the park at 479-229-3655 for current conditions. There are two hang gliding events held annually at the park, providing wind and weather allow, as well as a spring fly-in during late April and a summer fly-in near the end of August. Hang gliders must register at the park visitor center and show proof of advanced pilot certification.
Next time you’re thinking about where to go hang gliding in Arkansas, check out one of these great state parks for a high-flying good time!