Mount Magazine State Park Hikes and Overlooks

Mount Magazine State Park is in Paris, Arkansas which is two hours south of our home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We recently booked a cabin for a weekend stay which I wrote about here.

There is a lot to do and see in Mount Magazine State Park. Of course one of our favorite activities is hiking. This area is also a great place to go on an afternoon drive to take in the mountain views.

Highest Point in Arkansas: Signal hill – 2,753 ft.

Our cabin was located right across the street from the Signal Hill trail head. I expected more views on this trail, so I was slightly  disappointed, but it is still fun to say that we hiked to the highest point in the state of Arkansas. The hike is 1.5 miles in length.

Mount Magazine Signal Hill

As you might expect by the name, the hike climbed up hill. We enjoyed the white wildflowers along the path.

Mount Magazine Signal Hill hike

old lodge trail: Danger high cliff

This trail is not listed on the park’s hiking brochure, so I’m not sure if I should even recommend it. My husband and I took turns going on the Old Lodge Trail without our children. The trail was not well maintained, but it is short, and the overlook is impressive.

Mount Magazine Old Lodge Trail
Mount Magazine Old Lodge Trail

benefield trail

This hike is divided into two loops. The East Loop is 1.1 miles long and has views of Bear Hollow, the Ouachita Mountains, and the Petit Jean River Valley. The West Loop is .9-miles and connects to the Mossback Ridge Trail.

Mount Magazine State Park Arkansas Benefield Trail

petite jean valley overlook

Down the road from the Benefield trails, there is a pull off on Highway 309 with incredible views of the Petite Jean Valley. The pictures were taken on a foggy day, so I imagine that the views are typically even more impressive.

Mount Magazine State Park, Petite Jean Valley Overlook

Cameron BlufF Overlook Drive

The overlooks on Cameron Bluff Drive were breath taking. This spot has me dreaming about going back to Mount Magazine later this fall. I bet the autumn colors in this area are amazing!

Mount Magazine Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive
Mount Magazine Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive
Mount Magazine Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive
Mount Magazine Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive

All the hikes we chose were short and fun. I liked the mini hikes because it allowed us to explore several different trails. We balanced hiking with other fun activities like swimming and going to a local brewery. I’ll write more about that on my next post.