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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!!

Nice hike with several ups and downs. The trail follows several others so it can be difficult to stay on the right one- best to bring a map.

What a great trail! Even with a downpour in winter!

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!

Cool sights and not too crowded.

short but cool cave

Less crowded than Cedar Falls Trail, goes along rim of falls.

Can be very crowded with locals, but very pretty and connects with other trails.

As it states above: 8.2 miles. Yes it's that long if you don't do to many off trail adventures. The sign by the Bridge/Parking lot says it's 12.5 miles and estimated time to do the hole thing.
To reach the 12.5 miles the sign states you'll have to add on the "Seven Hollows Trail". This trail is very beautiful as well!
This hike was beautiful! I did them both at separate times. I would advise doing the trail counter clockwise! Reason? There's a long long long elevation decline and after crossing the creek it's a quick elevation incline. I'm the guy who likes to get er" done!
In other words if you do the trail clockwise....it'll be an extremely long long long elevation incline.
Either way it'll still be beautiful! It'll just be your choice in what kinda burn you want in your calves! Lol Have Fun!!!

Great trail if you are looking for something exciting and quick!

Hey guys! As stated below the others noted it's not 6.something miles. It's what there trail map recorded: a little over 4! I've hiked it recently and back in 2006. So my opinion would be to take the trail clockwise! The incline uphill is what I would say an "easy uphill" which is always nice!
You'll cross a few small low points/creeks. There extremely small shallow creeks so no worries even on a rainy day!
When you make it to "the Grotto" trail about the half way point in the main trail the sign states it's ".25 miles" to the Grotto. NO, it's literally like a 7 minute walk. It's worth seeing!
Note: Soon as you climb the small hill/bluff right past the "Grotto" sign a trail/old road cuts directly back to the left.(it's a well traveled travel-The name is unknown? Because really I believe it's been traveled on to no where because people missed the painted mark on the bluff pointing down hill leading people down the bluff to the grotto trail sign(hikers doing trail counter clockwise) Don't take it. After climbing hill/bluff after the Grotto sign Continue straight following alongside the bluff line and look for the trail diving off to the left into the pines! {Just trying to help the trail guessers or blind map readers!} Have a blast and take a ton of photos!

hiking
20 days ago

I recommend doing this with the interpreter on the guided hike with the park employee. Check with the visitor center for schedule. There is some interesting history with this place.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail is located off of the Cedar Falls trail about a half mile from the Lodge. Once you cross the bridge hang a left and follow Cedar Creek for a mile to the BSA trail and then turn around to head back to the Lodge. Great views in the winter time as the leafs are off the trees and really get to see the steep canyon walls. Great for dogs!

hiking
20 days ago

We walked this trail in December and there were very few people on the trail. Great views and enjoyable hike.

Beautiful trail