Mount Magazine State Park
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Introduction

Featuring sweeping views and Arkansas' highest point, Mount Magazine State Park is a beautiful place that welcomes RV travelers. The park is named after the state's largest mountain, Mount Magazine, which is found within the park. At a towering 2,753 feet, people come from all around the country witness the views from the top of the mountain, but also to relax, explore and study nature.

Mount Magazine State Park is a great place to go hiking, mountain biking, birdwatching and rock climbing. The park also offers other activities that aren't as common in state parks, including horseback riding hang gliding and ATV riding. Throughout the year there is also a wide variety of interpretive programs led by park staff that highlight the mountain’s natural diversity.

The 8,000-square-foot visitor center is the place to begin your trip and here you can learn about the geology, history, flora, and fauna of Mount Magazine.

The camping area at Mount Magazine State Park is very quaint and has some great amenities. There are 16 sites that offer water and 30 amp electrical hookup and another two that have full hook ups with 50 amp electric.

The park is great to visit during all seasons as the scenery is drastically different. The campgrounds are open year round and peak season runs from the start of March through to the end of November.

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Transportation in Mount Magazine State Park

Driving

The drive up to Mount Magazine State Park can be quite daunting. The road up to the park is eightmiles in length and climbs the mountain in a windy manner. There are a few very tight hairpin turns that you will have to go very slow around, but if you are confident in your driving abilities you should be able to make it up there.

If you are coming from the west in Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas or Fort Smith: Take the I-40 Eastbound unit you reach exit 37. Turn right on Highway 64 and then left on Highway 23. Take another left onto scenic Highway 309. Follow this until you reach the visitor center and then follow the signs to where you would like to go inside the park.

Driving east from Little Rock and Memphis: Continue on I-40 until Exit 81. Take this exit and continue on south towards Russellville. Follow Highway 7/23 and then take a sharp right onto Highway 27. Turn right on Highway 10 in Danville. Keep going until you signs for Scenic Highway 309 in Havana. Turn right onto that road and continue until you reach the visitors centre. At the Mount Magazine State Park Visitor Center turn left and follow the signs inside the park.

Driving from Texarkana, Shreveport, LA and the Dallas area: Continue Eastbound on I-30 until you reach exit 98A. Take this exit and continue on onto Highway 270 west towards Hot Springs. Once you reach Hot Springs, turn right on Scenic Highway 7. When you get to Ola, turn left onto Highway 10. Keep going until you signs for Scenic Highway 309 in Havana. At the Visitors Center turn left and follow the signs to continue into the park.

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Campgrounds and parking in Mount Magazine State Park

Campsites in Mount Magazine State Park

Reservations camping

Mount Magazine State Park Campgrounds

Mount Magazine State Park has a small RV camping area that will be perfect for your stay in the park. There are 18 total sites, some of which are very large and can accomodate RV's up to 75 feet in length. 16 of the sites have water and 30 amp electrical hookup and another two sites have full hook ups with 50 amp electric. If you have a large rig site we recommend reserving site number five to make getting in and out of the park as easy as possible.

The campground is full of lovely trees and there is a nice bit of space in between the camping sites. Some of the amenities at the park include toilets, shower block, dump station and a picnic area.

Reservations for the park can be made 12 months in advance. All campground arrivals must check-in at the park visitor center. If you get to the park after hours, check-in during the morning.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Mount Magazine State Park

In-Season

Rock Climbing

Mount Magazine State Park is the best spot for technical rock climbing in Arkansas. The mountain is flat-topped and features rugged bluffs and deep canyons. Bouldering, sport climbing and rappelling are allowed in a designated area on the mountain's south bluff that overlooks the Petit Jean River Valley. This area of sandstone has more than 100 routes up to 80 feet high and ranges from 5.5 to 5.12c in difficulty. There are also plenty of areas under 5.10 for bouldering. Before you climb you have to register at the visitor center.

Mountain Biking

The Huckleberry Mountain trail is the only multi-use trail in Mount Magazine State Park. Starting in the horse camp area, this trail follows an old wagon trail and will drop over 200 feet down to the highway. This makes for some awesome mountain bike terrain that will really get your adrenaline rushing. The trail then links up to The National Forest where it continues for many many miles. If you want to bike in Mount Magazine State Park remember to bring your own gear as there is none for rent.

Hiking

Mount Magazine State Park offers some of the best hiking trails in all of Arkansas. In total there are 14.2 miles of trails within the park that vary in length from half a mile to nearly three miles. For an easy two mile trail check out the Benefield Loop. If you want a bit of a challenge, try the Signal Hill trail. When you make it to the top you can tell your friends that you made it to the highest point in Arkansas!

Off-Season

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding is not a very common activity at state parks, but Mount Magainze has been a very popular spot for many years. The mountain has near perfect conditions for flight, which makes it one of the top hang gliding locations in Arkansas. If do plan to glide, you must register each day at the visitor center. If you want to fly alone you need to be class four certified, but those with class three can fly together with a class four.

Visitor Center

The park has an 8,000-square-foot visitor center that will give you information on everything to do with Mount Magazine and the state park in general. There are exhibits on the geology, history, flora, and fauna of Mount Magazine, along with daily audiovisual programs.

You can also find a large wildlife observation area that overlooks a native plant garden at the centre, which is a starting place for many of the park's guided walks and special workshops. If you want to participate in a program, check out the Mount Magazine State Park for details on when these walks and workshops occur before you come to the park.

Birding

There is a wide variety of wildlife in Mount Magazine State Park, especially birds and butterflies. During the spring many different migrating songbirds will fill the park with sound, including warblers, scarlet tanagers and indigo buntings. One of the most popular birds to spot is the rare Rufous-crowned Sparrow. The park is also home to 86 of the 134 butterfly species found in Arkansas. The most popular butterfly to look for is the uncommon Diana Fritillary.

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