Explore the most popular River trails in Petit Jean State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was about as long of a trail as we could do with 4 kids 11-4 but we did it in about 4 hours. It was incredible and one of the best highlights was the grotto. Must do while at petit jean for sure.

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rocky
3 days ago

Amazing views. Well kept trail!

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3 days ago

This trail was gorgeous from start to finish. Don’t miss The Grotto or The Natural Bridge. 10/10. Can’t wait to come back.

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4 days ago

Truly beautiful trail. We took 4 kids from 11-4 and never missed a beat. Don’t let the sign scare you off The view is absolutely worth it.

Fun but short hike. Very nice waterfall.

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

Beautiful hike!

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rocky
20 days ago

loved it

beautiful trail! must see!

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24 days ago

We hit the weather just right. It stormed and rained several days prior. This morning was foggy but cleared off by noon. The creeks were swollen big time. Lots of water and cascades.

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26 days ago

I’ll mirror what someone else said, “it is worth the climb back up”!! You won’t be disappointed for the payoff is spectacular.

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rocky
30 days ago

Excellent hike! Very beautiful views along the creek. Tread carefully as it is very rocky. My 4 year old walked the whole thing and really enjoyed it.

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1 month ago

Absolutely loved this trail!!

Went with my brother in December! Quite cool and humid but got sunnier throughout the day. However, the flat rocks all along the trail were extremely slippery (fell a couple times). Be careful, lol! Great time though - will definitely visit the Petit Jean area again!

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1 month ago

My favorite state park!!! So many trails to explore. So many views!!

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1 month ago

This is a good one in every season!

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1 month ago

Well marked, beautiful scenery -favorite part was about 1 mile left walking through all the huge boulders. Slick rocks in some areas
Trail said 4 hours but took me just over 2hrs with stops

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1 month ago

worth the climb back up!

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1 month ago

Short and easy trail. Very shaded. Waterfall is gorgeous!

This trail. Oh my goodness this trail never ever disappoints me. The light on the moss was like a fairytale Land. I've been here during the summer and was beautiful but I knew if I came during winter I'd see it with its bare Bones. What I mean by that, is the place is naked with no leaves. The canyons are exposed and are just such beauties. I can't say enough how beautiful petit jean State Park is. Explore the other canyons because it will not disappoint you. Explore Explore.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail running along the creek . My wife and I are in our late 50’s and hike occasionally , it was just enough for us . We went down a small section of the boys scout trail to extend it a bit . The temp was in the 50’s , the sky was blue( a perfect January day !) . Loved the beauty of it .

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1 month ago

Easy trail! Very pretty waterfall!

Beautiful trail even in winter

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2 months ago

This trail was a delightful surprise to me. For most of the trail you will be by the creek or close enough to hear it. I enjoyed seeing different parts of the creek because the creek gets smaller and bigger in places. The creek also can go from trickle sounds to roars.

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2 months ago

Worth all the traffic!

Great trail!

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2 months ago

This trail (lightly traveled) is connected to the Cedar Falls Trail (which is heavily traveled during peak times) so it is a nice break from other people and much quieter. The creek is a nice view too.

Great trail. My fiancé, I and are 7month old husky just did the trail in about an hr and a half. Lots of ups and downs, crossing over rocks and the river. So many beautiful sights.

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