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Morrilton, Arkansas

Petit Jean State Park

Morrilton, Arkansas



Morrilton, Arkansas
Phone: (501) 727-5441

Sites: 129
Recent Rate: $32 6/2016

Latitude: 35.129034735801
Longitude: -92.925882339477

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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66 Reviews

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Hats off to the State park system. This is one of the most well run parks I have visited. The scenery is beautiful - if you book early enough you can get a lake view. They easily accommodated our 45 ft MH and tow car in a pull thru place. TONS of room between spaces and very private. Great utilities but no cable and a lot of trees. We have been to many, many private parks that were not as well run and pretty as this. One of the best parks and values around. Lots of great day hikes 5 minutes away. Restaurant choices limited - town of Morrilton is about 40 minutes away with local department stores, auto parts and decent fast food and a few local restaurants. Do yourself a favor - book a stay at this park. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
18
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The lodge at the Campground has a pretty good restaurant. Great view of the mountains. Not inexpensive but we enjoyed a break from BBQ There is a stretch of road about 3 miles long with a VERY twisty and narrow road - some low overhanging branches (we were 13.5 ft) but not a problem is you take it slow.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful old state park. It is well maintained. Our pull through site was level with a view of the lake and the hook ups all worked fine. We had reserved a site with water and electric only asked upon arrival if there were any pull throughs and was able to upgrade to full hook ups upon request. Loop A has all the pull through sites. Loops B and C are back in only and not as spacious as loop A. We could only get one station on our TV antenna. AT&T cell and data worked fine. While I gave the showers and restrooms overall clean ratings, they were not the cleanest we've experienced as in other Arkansas state parks. Coming in from Morrilton the grade is very steep on Hwy 154 for about a mile with one hairpin turn. Easily manageable even with a 35 ft TT and decent control equipped F250. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Dined at Mather Lodge. IT was good, but not great. Checked out Cedar Falls, Pioneer Cabin, and Davies Bridge. There are lots of nice hiking trails in the park. Access to groceries and fuel is quite a distance so stock up for a long stay.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent MLK weekend at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. It's about an hour northwest of Little Rock in the Ouachita Mountains. It was a beautiful park with lots of very interesting hikes and gorgeous scenery! The campground was well cared for and clean, especially the bathrooms. We had a great time, definitely among the best places we've camped in this area. We'd love to go back more in season. It got down to about 19 degrees at night. The city water faucet froze, as well as our water hose and gray water tank. Definitely learned to pay more attention to the overnight temps!

Some quirks:

1. There is a small airport just across the lake from the campground. Be prepared for some low fly-by's. No noise at night, though. The airport may be day-only.

2. A surprising number of campers left their sites without cleaning up trash. Campground staff picked it up.

3. Had to buy Friday night even though we originally planned on arrivng Sarurday morning. We wound up driving in Friday night. Not a good idea due to the large number of deer along the roads in this area of Arkansas. Even hit one at low speed. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Firewood was $4 for a small bundle at the visitor center. Saw it for $2-3 dollars elsewhere nearby.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful Clean Quiet park with view of Lake with Full Hookups 50 Amp but not WiFi. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Beautiful Lodge, Nice Resturant, Walking Trails, Automobile Museum

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Our experience at this park would have been more pleasant had we had a better site. We booked 2 months out and were assigned the barrier-free site even though we did not request it. This site has no trees and in July was extremely hot. Despite the camping area being full over the weekend, it was fairly quiet. Lots of good hiking trails in the park, and a swimming pool is available for campers at $4 per adult. Be sure and watch the sunrise from the overlook at Petit Jean's gravesite. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 9
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Antique Car Museum nearby is worth the $10 admission. Go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday. We bought tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, Amish-made cheese, and Petit Jean Honey Apple Butter. There is also a small shop/cafe right outside the park, before the car museum that is worth a stop. Petit Jean Fudge was delicious. Be sure and get some ice cream!

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in a nicely wooded site with a pretty level pad (1" block to get level), easy back-in access, full hookups, BBQ grill, and a cement pad for the table. This is AR's oldest park, sited on hills above small canyon with a small lake feeding river/falls; many hiking trails; scenic drives overlooking AR River; caves; and beautiful overlooks. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

They have a nice lodge with a lovely restaurant serving home and comfort foods.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Petit Jean is a beautiful park and well worth a visit. Here are a few comments.

1. Facilities - Camp Area A is the only one useful for RV's. The other areas are plentiful but very primitive. We were able to get a good pull-thru site during the week with short notice. Almost all of the sites are a bit unlevel. Be sure to bring your boards, but don't let that detract you. The water, sewer, and power all worked well.

2. Scenery - Take some time and go on some of the walks. The Cedar Falls overlook is a beautiful walk, as is the Bear Cave. Be sure to bring your toad, as the park is spread out and it is necessary to drive from the campground to the attractions. Red Bluff Drive has the most spectacular views.

3. Check-in - They have almost NO area to park and check in if you're a big rig. Next time, we will go to our assigned site, disconnect the toad, and then drive to the office to check in. Also, the campground is before the office, so if you go to the office first, you have to get turned around, which isn't easy at this park.

4. Programs - we attended several really neat programs, including a nighttime hike, an owl prowl, and a hummingbird program. These are all free and well worthwhile; just look for the schedule at the visitor's center.

5. Pool - the pool was overrun with "locals" and they take "pool breaks" about 15 minutes of every hour (meaning everyone must get out of the pool). Don't show up late in the day like we did, or your pool time gets cut drastically because they close the pool at 6pm. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A 28
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Bring your groceries! It's a long way to town. Only select a site in Area A and bring boards to level. You must have a vehicle at this park. It is miles from one attraction to another. My favorite was the Rockefeller Institute. The 10 and 11 year olds loved it too!

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice well maintained park. Nice to have sewer. Wifi at the lodge. Beautiful hikes, very scenic. Many nice trails. Quiet this time of year. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of hiking

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the cleanest state parks we have stayed in. Nice pull they sites and all in "loop a" with full hook ups. Not a bad spot in the loop. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very beautiful Park, this is our second time to stay here. It has water,elect and sewer with 50 amp, great view of the lake, several hiking trails. We have reservations for next year. I would have rated a 10 but most of the sites are a little unlevel. Most sites are pull thru. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very scenic and quiet park, lots to do with hiking and general sightseeing. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Bike trail, hiking trails. Very peaceful, want to go back someday.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Due to someone canceling, we were able to stay the weekend in Campground A, which are the premium sites. We stayed on site 16, which is on the waterfront and probably the best site in the campground since it is on the corner (LOTS of room) and it's a waterfront site. The site was level, paved, and had a wonderful living area and place for a tent or canopy. The grassy area was huge where the kids could throw a football, softball and baseball around. We set up our chairs on the water's edge and just soaked in the beauty of the lake and park. The showers were nice and clean. This campground exceeded our expectations. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed our stay at PMSP. This was our first time to stay at the campground after many years of visiting for day trips. We were pleasantly surprised how great our site was! The staff was, albeit some young, extremely nice and helpful. Our site was clean and well laid out. We did have to use our levelers as the pad was a little bit of an incline (1.8? down to the rear) but after that all was well! Facilities were excellent. Park hosts (Good Sam) were present and helpful. Bike trails were excellent! Mather Lodge is NOT RV friendly for parking much. But everywhere else was great! We will return! We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Very pretty park. Sites are paved and level with trees and grass all around. Our site had a extra pad to be used for a tent or maybe a screen room. The state park has many beautiful and challenging trails to hike. Mather Lodge serves great food if you don't want to cook. If you do, you will be a happier camper if you bring your groceries with you. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We had site 20 overlooking the lake, beautiful campground everything was clean and well kept. Staff was very helpful and courteous other than a long trip from home we will be back. We camped at Petit Jean State Park in a Motorhome.

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