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etit Jean Mountain is a special place an unforgettable place known for the legend of Petit Jean, the story of a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompanied her sweetheart, an early explorer, to the New World and to this mountain. Petit Jean State Park, Arkansass first state park, enhances this 300yearold legend with windswept views, enchanting woodlands laced with streams and wildflowers, and a spectacular waterfall calledCedar Falls. This park is a place where nature over time has formed sheer bluffs, Cedar Creek Canyon and the Seven Hollows, such distinctive features as Bear Cave, the Grotto and Natural Bridge, and whimsical formations we call Turtle Rocks and Carpet Rocks. Its a place where the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps endures in facilities mirroring the mountains rugged natural beauty. Come discover this legendary Arkansas state park called Petit Jean.
Beautiful trail, but the crowds ruin this one. Can't get away from the smell of others cigarettes and the smell of alcohol along the entire trail. Even in the rare moments when we weren't near anyone on the trail, you could still smell cigarette smoke. The actual Cedar Falls was over crowded with plenty of drunk people. I had my kids with me and wish they hadn't experienced that. Will not do this trail again and would not recommend it, especially on the weekend. Maybe it would be better on a weekday.
We camped in Petit Jean State Park and hiked all of the Petit Jean State Park trails in late September 2016. The paved biking and walking trail connects to most all of the hiking trails in the Park so it is easy to camp or rent one of the rustic cabins and connect to the 20+ miles of trails. Nice campground and friendly staff. Would definitely want to come back.
This is a great hike. The trail is well maintained and marked. It is easy most of the way but rated moderate due to the rocky steps which can be a challenge especially if it is wet. The state park trail guide says it takes 4 1/2 hours to complete. We did the trail plus the grottos; which are well worth the extra half mile, in about 3 hours.
I really enjoyed this hike, but I agree with other reviewers that it could be better marked at some points. I lost track of the markings around the turtle rocks before the grotto and I wandered off a bit and had to backtrack a bit. I can't say enough great things otherwise; great views and long enough to make you feel like you accomplished something. Bring bug spray.
Great trail! One of the best hikes I've done in a while. Going the extra distance but to see the grotto is super worth it. Trail is very well marked. Storms this season have caused a few trees to fall on the path, but it's easy to get around. We went right when you reach the fork at the beginning, and as others have suggested, think it's the best way to do the trail.
Jill H. on Cedar Falls Trail
Beautiful scenery and great photo ops. Can be steep in spots and slippery underfoot due to the rocks. Can get busy.
Jill H. on Bear Cave Trail
Fun little hike. A bit close to the highway in spots, but worth checking out for sure. The rock formations are beautiful.
A great trail that leads you through the heart of nature and as the rumble gets louder you come to a clearing and behold there is heaven. Really enjoyed this trail. The waterfall was great and the water is good to cool you off on the hike. Only down side is that people tend to leave their empty water bottles and trash laying around. If I had a day pack with me I would have picked it up and hiked it out.