Petit Jean State Park, atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, lies in a unique area between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain ranges. Enjoy 2,658 acres of woods, ravines, streams, waterfalls, spectacular views, and interesting geological formations preserved almost as French explorers found them 300 years ago.
The mountain is named after a French girl who disguised herself as a boy and secretly accompanied her sweetheart, a sailor, to America. Unfortunately, the girl became ill and died. Before her death, she requested that, if she died, she would be carried back to the top of the mountain and buried at a spot overlooking the Arkansas River below. And, today, you can visit the gravesite believed to be where the young girl lies.
Petit Jean State Park offers accomodations for every taste! Even though the historic Mather Lodge is closed this year for renovation, cabin rental, camping, outstanding hiking trails, and other services still make the mountain one of the region’s most favorite family getaway!
Directions: From Interstate-40 Exit-108 (Morrilton), take Highway-9 south for 9 miles to Oppelo. Then drive west on Highway-154 for 12 miles to the park. You can also get to the park from the “back side”, as we call it. We advise you check your map for that, as there are many winding and changing (but beautiful) routes from that direction.
Mather Lodge is currently closed for renovation. For cabin reservations, call 1-800-264-2462. For campground reservations, call 501-727-5441.