Rock House Cave and Lookout Trail

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Petit Jean State Park

Rock House Cave and Lookout Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morrilton, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Rock House Cave Trail leads to a large rock shelter used by native Americans. It has Native American rock art, created over 500 years ago, if you can find it. The trail also has "turtle rocks" formations along the way. Purple Blazes mark the trail.

Didn’t have time to do the whole loop, but def explores some.

hiking
2 months ago

We only hiked to the cave, which was really more of a casual walk. It was easy for the kids and they enjoyed jumping on the turtle rocks. The cave is awesome and we got to see a lot of Indian rock art. It’s hard to spot at first, but as you spot it, you start spotting more. Definitely faded since some of the photos online were taken. My kids had a blast here.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail to explore. Some steep drop-offs, so be mindful while hiking and, as always, exercise caution. Our 9- & 10-year-old daughters enjoyed the hike. We also followed the trail to the overlook area after exploring the turtle rocks and the cave.

hiking
3 months ago

Was beautiful and re-energizer

hiking
4 months ago

did the short hike to rock cave.

hiking
4 months ago

the Rock House Cave is a 2 minute walk down from the Trailhead. A cool photo spot and an easy hike for kids.

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rocky
7 months ago

Easy hike to cave but going on trail around cave is difficult in places some pretty steep drop off so tread carefully. Nice large rocks to explore around and on but carful of falling and snakes. I never found any if said Indian markings in the cave so went up trails to look for some but no luck. Fun looking through.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike more like a stroll to Rock House Cave...awesome cave. Never did see any American Indian paintings inside the cave.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty neat cave. The turtle rock formations were also cool.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Decent trail that was overgrown. It’s not clear from this app but the majority of the hike is spent on the gravel road / loop. You arrive at the trailhead, hike about 100 yards down to the cave, follow a portion of the Boy Scout Trail for about a mile, and finish by following the Red Bluff Road loop the rest of the way back to the parking area. Cave was pretty cool but tons of kids / families running around. Would not recommend the actual trail, but seeing the cave might be worth driving to the parking area and walking down.

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no shade
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

This is a really neat trail. So much to see in such a short hike. The "cave" is awesome, the turtle rocks are super neat. This is worth driving around to, ended up being my favorite trail at the park that we went on. Don't miss out on the two overlooks on the way. The CCC overlook is breathtaking. We will do this entire loop again.

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

This is an awesome trail that leads to a very big cave that Native Americans used to hang out in and there is some evidence on the rock wall of almost faded art done by the Natives. I was able to take some interesting photos of the art and loved the cave. My two toddlers and 10 year old had a blast climbing up on some of the boulders there, as did I! I also took note of birds flying back and forth from the cave to the trees. I am not positive what species they were, maybe some type of swallow. They were quite amusing to watch. My family also loved the "Turtle Rocks," and my two youngest thought they were real, giant turtles! They made some great photo ops and were probably one of my favorite parts of visiting Petit Jean. We did not do the entire trail, only the beginning that lead to the cave, so next time I want to finish the loop around and also hang out on the turtle rocks some more. It truly brings out the kid in you! I really like how the park also keeps the area monitored by camera, so nobody defaces the cave or surrounding areas.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Very cool, we cheated on this one and took the .25 mile trail from the parking lot. The turtle rocks are neat and the rock house is huge!

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muddy
Sun May 12 2019

Rock House Cave was pretty cool, but the rest of the trail wasn’t up to par of other trails in this park.

hiking
Wed May 08 2019

Super easy trail. Great for beginners. We enjoyed ourselves. Hubby and I bought the kids and dogs. The toughest part was coming back up. Loved the turtle rocks and even made out where some of the drawings were in the cave. The whole family enjoyed themselves.

hiking
Tue Mar 05 2019

Second time coming to see, brought kiddos this time. They loved

Mon Feb 25 2019

loved it

Wed Feb 13 2019

easy trail, very nice views

walking
Mon Feb 11 2019

Kids loved the trailhead to Rock House Cave hike! Very cool turtle shell rocks as well. Rockin!

hiking
Sat Jan 26 2019

the rock house and turtle rock was awesome to see. how cool is it to see a whole area covered with rocks that actually looks like giant turtles everywhere. and the indain rock house had more than 2,000 drawings on the walls and they are still finding more today. these two things alone make this a great trail with some unique rewards. but there is an overlook and waterfall too

hiking
Mon Dec 31 2018

Every trail here is amazing... beautiful place.

hiking
Fri Nov 30 2018

You can drive up red bluff road and go park right above the cave if you aren’t up to hiking all the way around. You will be about 10 minutes from the cave. It is a beautiful sight to see and walk around

Mon Nov 26 2018

Great hike

walking
Thu Sep 27 2018

We only did the short trail to rock house cave. Easy hike from the trailhead. Very cool cave like area.

Mon Sep 03 2018

It is really neat to see Native American pictographs that are on the Cave ceiling. Most of the time we see history in museums. It is nice to see some history in nature too.

hiking
Wed Aug 22 2018

Enjoyed looking for petroglyphs in the cave.

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