We rented a two bedroom, two bath cabin at The Lodge at Mount Magazine in Mount Magazine State Park during the weekend of June 19-21, 2009. The lodge, the 13 cabins, and the visitor center are all nearly new and have the most incredible views from the bluffs overlooking Arkansas' Ozark Mountains. Mount Magazine State Park is located within the Ozark National Forest about two hours northwest of Little Rock. The cabins and the lodge sit on the bluffs and all have outstanding views. Our cabin had a fully equipped kitchen, large stone fireplace in the living room/dinning room, TV, ceiling fans, central heat and air, two bedrooms with king beds & large attached baths, sleeper sofa, and washer & dryer. A large wooden deck held a second dinning table, rocking chairs and a great hot tub. The cabin also had a grill for cooking out. We watched deer and raccoons from the deck and did plenty of stargazing. The Arkansas State Park Rangers led hikes and held nature programs throughout the day. We did several hikes and attended one of the ranger programs. Lots of fun and great exercise for everyone from kids to us middle age folks. The mountain's claim to fame is that it is the highest point in Arkansas, 2,753 feet, and the temperature during the day was about 12 degrees cooler than off the mountain. There were wildflowers everywhere and hundreds of butterflies - the Park has its annual Butterfly Festival in late June each year. Wildlife are plentiful; we saw recent bear "signs", but no black bear this trip. We cooked all of our meals except one breakfast. We found the restaurant's breakfast to be good and reasonably priced. The cabins are a bit expensive and they have a two night minimum on weekends during the summer, but there is room for several people in the two bedroom cabins. The rates are much less during the week and there are no multiple night restrictions. The lodge has an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, an exercise room and bicycle rental. The entire facility looked new and the staff was friendly and helpful. This is a great place to relax, do some hiking and enjoy the beauty of the Ozark Mountains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience The Lodge at Mount Magazine. Overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake, this resort mountain lodge offers 60 guest rooms with breathtaking views of the valley below. Gracing the south bluff of Arkansas's high point, the Lodge at Mount Magazine is one of the finest Arkansas lodges and offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in The Natural State. With its sweeping views of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake, lodging in this mountaintop resort combines a majestic natural setting with first-class amenities. The modern, rustic-style lodge offers 60 guest rooms, a hearth room lobby, delicious classic Southern cuisine in the Skycrest Restaurant, a conference center, business center, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and gift shop, making this one of the most well-appointed Arkansas lodges. The three-wing lodge stretches along the bluff so that the hearth room, restaurant, swimming pool, and all 60 guest rooms offer the view from the bluff. This is a getaway for couples. It's for families and friends to share together, too. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Mount Magazine Hotel Paris
- Hotel At Mount Magazine
- At Mount Magazine Paris
- The Lodge At Mount Magazine Arkansas/Paris