Mount Magazine State Park is a place to enjoy sightseeing, exploring the mountain, and nature study. The park is a destination for outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts that offers rock climbing, rappelling, hang gliding, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, and ATV adventure. An ATV guide service is available. Mount Magazine is the state park system's most dramatic location for technical rock climbing. And, the park also offers a wide variety of hiking trails for exploring Mount Magazine, Arkansas's island in the sky.
Nice trail. Best spot to camp, if hiking from top to bottom, is about .6 miles from second parking area. Great view of the stars, nice fire ring, and great flat spots near the edge for your tent/hammock. Be diligent with your bug spray and try to go before/after tick season.
Nice short warm up hike on a well maintained trail through the woods to the highest point in AR. The lodge at the trailhead looked to be a fun place to stay with awesome views of the valley below. We'll make a point to book a weekend there in our next trip to AR
As about a perfect day as one could ask for when hiking. Took us about 25 minutes to walk up to the summit, 20 minutes to try to find the trail on the other side, and then 15 minutes to walk back down the trail we just came up. Scared up a herd of about half a dozen antlerless deer. Took some time to talk with a nice couple from Tuscaloosa, the park ranger and visited the Visitors Center. Probably shouldn't have done it but I grabbed up a few small rocks from the campground site to set in I'm my flower bed.
Visiting Mount Magazine State Park was a great part of our recent trip to Arkansas. We headed to Arkansas to learn more about why it is the Natural State and this is a shining example of the beauty that Arkansas has been hiding. I find it amazing that there is not an entry fee to the state parks in Arkansas. This makes use of public lands accessible to all, and a huge bargain if you are traveling.
One of the reasons that we came to Mount Magazine was the lure of reaching the highest point in Arkansas. We hiked the Signal Trail look and really enjoyed the quick walk up to the high point. The stone work monument at the top is really neat, and the return trip through the fall forest was very pleasant. We tracked it at 1.8 miles for the walk with just over 500 feet in elevation gain. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, we spotted a 8 point buck while on our hike.
The lodge here is also amazing for a state park. It would be fun to stay here in the lodge or one of the cabins and hike the rest of the trails that are available. The views from the lodge are great, and you feel like you are on top of the world, or at least on top of Arkansas..
We took the trail up Signal Hill, which was beyond beginner, if you ask me. Very simple, very accessible for most tourists (though not those on wheels). This trail felt very short, and it went in a half-spiral around the topmost mound of the mountain. It was well maintained and felt like it was treated as the most important trail (indeed, being the lead-up to the highest point in the state, you'd want it to be something lots of people can enjoy).
At the top was a USGS marker and a giant sign, proclaiming it to be the highest point in Arkansas at 2,753 feet above sea level. Those used to the higher peaks in the western half of the U.S. will note that there's no timberline, since it isn't really all that high; with a lack of timberline, there is no view to speak of from the "top". For great views, consider taking the North Rim Trail instead.