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Mount Magazine State Park
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Owner description: High atop 2,753-foot Mount magazine, the state's tallest mountain, this scenic Arkansas state park was developed in the Mount Magazine Ranger District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains welcome outdoor enthusiasts to Arkansas's high point. This is a place to enjoy sightseeing, exploring the mountain and nature study. The park is a destination for outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts that offers rock climbing, rappelling, hang-gliding, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, and ATV adventure. An ATV guide service is available. The park also offers overlooks, hiking trails, a picnic area with restrooms, pavilion, and a visitor center with an exhibit gallery and gift shop. The park offers 18 campsites (two Class AAA and 16 Class AA with tent only options). The Lodge features 60 guest rooms, a restaurant, conference center, business center, indoor heated swimming pool, fitness center and game room. Thirteen fully equipped cabins share the same bluff and seeping views of the valley as the lodge.
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Whether you are eating in the restaurant at the Lodge on Mount Magazine or looking out of your room in the lodge or one of the cabins, the view from Arkansas' tallest mountain is spectacular. The new lodge, completed in 2006 to replace the original that burned in the 1970s, is an archetectural delight and the restaurant served us a great meal as the sat near the fire burning in the two story fireplace and gazed at the twilight descending on the forest and hills below. The entire lodge still looks brand new and our room was perfect.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We ride horses in this area and hunt as well. Beautiful place to escape from pressures of city living and just relax.

1  Thank arkypeep
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ADPT-Region-5, ADPT - Region 5 Administrative Specialist III at Mount Magazine State Park, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2012

Thank you for your feedback regarding Mount Magazine State Park. Mount Magazine State Park is a place to enjoy sightseeing, exploring the mountain, and nature study. The park is a destination for outdoor sports and extreme adventure enthusiasts that offers rock climbing, rappelling, hand gliding, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, and ATV adventure. An ATV guide service is available. Mount Magazine is the state park system's most dramatic location for technical rock climbing. In addition, the park offers a wide variety of hiking trails for exploring Mount Magazine, Arkansas's island in the sky.
Traditional Arkansas bouldering and sport climbing as well as rappelling is allowed in a designated area on the mountain's south bluff overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley. This 1,500-foot wide stretch of sandstone boasts more than 100 routes up to 80 feet high, ranging from 5.5 to 5.12c in difficulty, with plenty in the 5.10 and under range as well as plenty of Arkansas bouldering areas. Before rock climbing in Arkansas at Mount Magazine, you are required to register at the state park visitor center.
Hang gliding participants must register each day at the park visitor center and be Class 4 certified to fly alone. A Class 3 flier can fly with a Class 4. Parking is available at the hang gliding launch site. Hang gliding only happens when the Mount Magazine weather is right but this has been one of the most popular hang gliding locations for a long time. So even if you like to keep both feet on the ground you can still enjoy watching the hang gliders take to the skies.
Mount Magazine State Park does not allow hunting, but it is allowed in the Ozark National Forest what surrounds the State Park. Park visitors can also enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, backpacking, horseback riding, and other activities offered in the national forest while using the state park as a base.
For hunting seasons, regulations, licenses, permits and guides, visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed a night in a 2 bedroom cabin with my in-laws. The bed was squeaky and not as comfortable as other state parks, and the cabin a little sparse, but clean. The views are unbelieveable, especially when you realize that you're in Arkansas! next time we'll try staying in the lodge.

2  Thank love2travel2802
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

A beautiful park and lodge to visit any time of the year, but especially in the spring and autumn months! We just completed a week long circuit of leaf peeping in Arkansas with a night in the lodge for total relaxation before heading back home. Recommend room 102 for the convenient location of the room, the beautiful view from its balcony, and wonderful in-room jacuzzi. The on site restaurant serves good hearty food, and their breakfast buffet does not disappoint. And the VIEWS from the lodge, including the restaurant, are very nice!

The park's trails and overlooks are nice, and the cycling lane is a great touch for anyone to enjoy bicycling in a safe environment. If you left yours at home, you can actually rent a "comfort bike" at the lodge.

Overall, the park and lodge is a definite MUST SEE for anyone in Arkansas - whether resident or visitor passing through.

1  Thank 96Dreamer
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We loved visiting this park. Beautiful scenery and so many different options to hike and sight see. The trails are marked well and lead to some beautiful views. The park is very well maintained. Visitors are able to get away from the noise and congestion of city living.

1  Thank midwestcouple_12
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