From the top of Arkansas
Did you know that Mount Magazine State Park is the highest state park between the Appalachian’s and the Rocky Mountains? I mean, that’s what the internet says so it must be true..right. Also.. a little bit of a cool history lesson real quick, Mount Magazine gets its name from French explorers who, while traveling through the area, witnessed a landslide on the mountain. The noise from the landslide was so great that one explorer described it as the sound of an ammunition magazine exploding, hence the name “Magazine”. Ok, I stole that last part from Wikipedia but at least I own it. Enough of the history lesson.
I have been to Mount Magazine State Park more than any other state park in the state of Arkansas for two reasons, one..it’s close to where I live and two, its awesome! You should probably go there if you haven’t already. I mean, where else can you see the most famous tree in Arkansas?
Nowhere, because it’s only at Mount Magazine State Park.
And let’s not forget about the hiking, Mount Magazine State Park has miles and miles of hiking trails from moderate to advanced so lace up your hiking boots, grab your hiking stick and go log some steps on your Fitbit.
I actually don’t own a Fitbit but I probably should so I can obsess over my step count daily.
But enough about that, check out the trail views..pretty awesome right?
If you’re a morning person like me, get up and head out to Sunrise Rock,
just a short ten minute hike down Bear Hollow Trail.
The view is amazing and if you’re lucky you’ll catch a Bald Eagle soaring off the cliffs. I wasn’t lucky but maybe you will be.
If your into hang gliding like me, go grab a hang glider, register at the visitor center and jump right off a perfectly good cliff. And when I say I’m into hang gliding, I mean watching other people do it.
Oh yeah did I mention the park has cabins for rent? Who doesn’t love a good cabin..right? I know I do. Just look at this cabin and tell me you wouldn’t want to stay in this thing for a night or three. Imagine sitting on the balcony at night sipping margaritas, telling stories..doesn’t that sound like fun? I thought so.
But I stayed in the lodge during this trip and I give everything about it a 5 star rating for sure. From the staff, the room cleanliness, the view, the free coffee in the lobby, everything was perfect! Did I mention the free coffee?
And for all you campers out there, me included, Mount Magazine State Park has plenty of tent and RV camping available. It’s not a bad idea to get there early and snag a spot because they can fill up fast especially in the Spring and Fall. Keep your food put up because you might find a sneaky old black bear sniffing around and nobody has time for a black bear to eat all their Little Debbies. Trust me.
Can I get back to the famous Mount Magazine State Park tree for a minute? I mean.. this thing is epic, it hangs on the edge of the cliff right below the Skycrest Restaurant down a jagged, rocky trail, all by itself in its magnificent glory. This tree is a photographers dream. If you’re a photographer, you get me. But seriously, this cliff is super dangerous so be very careful because nobody has time to fall off a cliff..just sayin.
Let’s not forget about the second most famous tree in Arkansas. I mean this tree honestly doesn’t get enough attention. Just look at it… the smooth weathered twisted branches, the back drop high above Blue Mountain Lake, the old knotted up gnarly trunk and root system. Pretty sweet huh.
I shot this one just for fun with my lensball and posted it to my Instagram. If you’re on IG, go check it out and give me a follow next time your scrolling. Heck, send me a message and say hi, I’d be glad to hear from you.
So by now you’re probably wanting to go to Mount Magazine State Park right? Well… you probably should and when you plan your trip, invite me to come along and rent cabin #8 just for me if you don’t mind. Make sure to stock the fridge with plenty of margaritas just in case I get thirsty.
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about Mount Magazine State Park, the famous tree or any of my photography, feel free to shoot me a message. I’ll do my best to help!