Waterfalls and Sunsets
I could seriously write five different blog posts about Petit Jean State Park in central Arkansas but this post is about my two favorite things, waterfalls and sunsets.
Who doesn’t like waterfalls and sunsets right?
Let me first give you a little bit of knowledge about the park just to cover the basics… Petit Jean State Park is Arkansas’s very first state park, did you know that? Well.. it is. It’s super old and cool.
The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) started building this park way back in 1933. That’s like forever ago. And I’m glad they did because it’s a pretty dang awesome place to hang out for a day or three. You honestly need three.
The park has a huge historic lodge with a restaurant and gift shop. There are cabins for rent and plenty of tent and RV camping for those of you who like to rough it. I use the term “rough it” lightly for my RV friends.
Also..you can even rent a yurt. Have you ever stayed in a yurt? Me neither but it sounds like fun! I might try it next time and report back.
I could go on and on about the amenities Petit Jean State Park has to offer but I’m just gonna post a link here so you can see for yourself! Now let’s get to the waterfall section of this post!
Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park
This massive 95 foot waterfall is called Cedar Falls and its the focal point of all things Petit Jean. You can view it via the Cedar Falls overlook but if your not scared of a 2 point something mile round trip hike, I recommend lacing up and taking the Cedar Falls trail down into the Cedar Falls Canyon for a close up and personal look at the falls at eye level. If you’re brave, like me, you can even hike around the back side of the falls and catch a cool vantage point but you will get wet and might even drop your phone like I saw one spectator do while I was visiting.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time on this hike because there’s no reason to get in a big hurry..take plenty of pictures and post them on social to make all your friends jealous
and if you happen to have a hammock like these people did, set that thing up and take a nap by the creek. You know I would have.
Where is the trail?
Just hike down the hill to the left of the Mather Lodge, cross this cool bridge and follow the orange markers and you’ll be to the falls in no time. Just make sure and bring plenty of water for the hike back. Trust me, hydration is your friend and the hike back up to the lodge is not.
What Else Is There To See?
If you have some extra time like we did, take the Rock House Cave Trail on the top side of the falls and to the north of the lodge and go check out the falls from above but be very careful because this area is extremely dangerous!
See the sign….I told you.
Also, while you’re on the Rock House Cave trail, you should probably go visit the Rock House Cave..duh.
It’s only a five minute walk from the parking area and along the way, you can see the turtle rocks which are super cool and very turtley looking. Check out these pics for yourself. I mean pretty cool right?
Who doesn’t love a giant rock that looks like a turtle? I know Kristal did!
Kristal is my girlfriend and awesome traveling companion. She doesn’t mind one bit watching sunsets or hiking to waterfalls and if you don’t have a cool adventure partner, I recommend you getting one because it makes these trips a whole lot funner plus you can put them to work as a tripod holder, a water bottle carrier person or a photography model like I did here on this sunset picture…
And then again on this peace sign photo I shot for my Instagram.
See what I mean, sunsets are always better when you share them! Take a few photos and make some cool memories, that’s what I always say.
Wait…Can I throw in a sunrise just for fun?
Of course I can because we all love sunrises don’t we? I mean some of us can’t get up early enough to watch a sunrise but this guy can and on my second day of our Petit Jean visit, I drove east down this sweet road
to the Petit Jeane Gravesite Overlook to snap a few photos and take in the beauty of this awesome spot.
Pretty nice right? Go check it out next time you’re up at the crack of dawn and in the neighborhood. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
And speaking of not being disappointed, how about some love for Petit Jean State Park..This park has it all and I only covered waterfalls and sunsets.
And turtle rocks, and a cave, and a sunrise, but who cares, I’m sure you don’t mind. Thanks for checking out my blog and if you want to know about some other cool spots in Arkansas to visit, click on the link here..or even click on this one and show me some love. PEACE.