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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.
Great trail! The markings have all been fixed apparently, as we had no problems staying on trail. The BSA trail is white blazes, and you will follow white outlined blazes as you go on concurrent trails. The park map does leave a little to be desired, but overall we had a great time (our 10 yo led the way and never lost track). The Mather lodge is the only place we had to search, go out the front toward the cabins and you'll see the blazes again. Gps called it 8.2 miles and we skipped the 7 hollows. Made it back in about 4 hours. This is a must do if you have time. We hiked counter clockwise as others said to. There are a couple of good climbs up. This one reminded us we have been too lazy over the holidays!!
My 14 yr old daughter and I hiked this trail on New Years Eve day and absolutely loved it. It was our first hike of this distance and I definitely felt it the next day but it was totally worth it. As others have said, you experience all sorts of different terrain that the mountain has to offer. Our trek came out to 11.8 miles (we included Seven Hollows Trail) and we finished in just over 6.5 hours.
Would definitely recommend!