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Sunday, November 8, 2009

~~~Mount Magazine, Arkansas~~~

The other day we went on a drive and visited Mount Magazine State Park... Mount Magazine State Park is located on Scenic Highway 309 approximately 17 miles south of Paris; or from Danville, travel nine miles west on Ark. 10 to Havana, then go 10 miles north on Scenic Highway 309


At 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest mountain, rising dramatically above the broad valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Graced with timeless natural beauty, this plateau-a remnant of an ancient sea floor-runs east-west stretching six miles long and up to a mile across. Rugged, isolated, and rich in natural resources including rare and endangered species, Mount Magazine has long lured explorers, adventurers, scientists, and naturalists.


Settlers came to the mountain in the 1800s and farmed here. Later cabins and lodges were built atop Mount Magazine to attract and accommodate the travelers who journeyed to the mountain for recreation, relaxation, and the escape from the heat in the lowlands below that the summit's cooler temperatures afforded.

The park's 8,000-square-foot visitor center welcomes you to Mount Magazine State Park. It is the place to begin your discovery of the beauty and fascinating history of this unique mountain. The visitor center features exhibits on the geology, history, flora, and fauna of Mount Magazine, offers daily audiovisual programs, and has a large wildlife observation area overlooking a native plant garden. This is the starting place for many of the park's guided walks, special workshops and wildlife and history programs.


The park's magnificent 60-room Lodge at Mount Magazine and 13 park cabins opened in May 2006. Forty of these guest rooms include balconies and 17 offer spa tubs. Featuring breathtaking views from Mount Magazine's south bluff, these first-class facilities carry on the mountain's lodging tradition that has been a part of the recreational legacy of Mount Magazine since 1900, one most recently carried forward by the U.S. Forest Service lodge that operated on the mountain, at the same site, from the 1940s until it was destroyed by fire in 1971. Fine dining can be enjoyed in the lodge's Skycrest Restaurant where large windows frame the dramatic view from the bluff.
Rental Cabins

Lodge of Mount Magazine






The campground at Mount Magazine State Park is Cameron Bluff Campground. The park campground, which opened in the summer of 2001, features reconstructions and upgrades to the original campground. The campground including 18 campsites with water, electric, and sewer hookups. This Arkansas campground also offers a barrier-free bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets. For campers, the park also offers an RV dump station. There are 2 sites - Water/50 Amp/Sewer and 15 sites Water/30 Amp/Sewer. All have view of the woods and satelite tv would be iffy.

Hope you enjoyed Mount Magazine in Arkansas

It's time for Happy Hour

20 comments:

Margie M. said...

Yes, Donna, I enjoyed the tour of Mount Magazine park very much. What beautiful terrain you have shown with your photos. Looks like a perfect spot to spend a few days. Thanks.

Rick and Paulette said...

Thanks for the tour and information about Mount Magazine Park. Those views are spectacular - especially from the great pics you took!

Stacey said...

What a pretty place you are visiting now. Looks very fallish and peaceful. :)

I loved your comments about my letter to Mr. Hilton. I read what you said about the difference between you and your brother to my family. We were rolling! I do understand about that facial hair. :)

Happytrails said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks for the tour and super pics. Enjoy and relax. The weather also looked perfect, hope it was.

Gerri

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What an incredible park, with awesome views and amenities. Unusual name too.
So glad that you two are enjoying your retirement!

Justine said...

Ooh Donna, what a magnificent place to visit! Absolutely beautiful.

And wow, I can see just about your entire layout now! It's still too big though.... I don't know what the hell changes you did to your html but I'm now on a widescreen and should be able to see every pixel. I had no clue you had a live map going and all that. How cool!

Justine :o )

Joe and Sherri said...

What a great trip. This is really a beautiful adventure...You will have many more. Make sure you let us know when they happen. Thanks fro taking us along.

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Donna! Oh, thank you for taking me on a tour of Mount Magazine. It's just so beautiful! You and your Dear Husband have such a good time!
Thanks for popping in to see me and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mike Goad said...

Hi Donna,

Mt. Magazine is a GREAT place to visit. It's been a couple of years since we've been up there, though.

We've only stayed there one time, 6 months before I retired. It was June 2006, the month after the Lodge opened and we stayed there two nights. Wonderful view. All of the rooms in the lodge have a view of the valley below and all of them have balconies, too.

Mike
Haw Creek Out 'n About

heyduke50 said...

Arkansas is one of my favorite states...

Cheryl said...

What pretty country side you are driving thru. Glad you share with us.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Donna, thanks for showing us a part of Arkansas we've not seen! We also enjoy taking those scenic byways and finding treasures like Mount Magazine!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Love the view! You should be a travel guide!

Hootin' Anni said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!!! What a terrific time of year to be traveling in your Tassie! The colors, the crisp air...clear blue skies. Need I go on? "Wishing I were with you".

mbkatc230 said...

Oh my goodness, this is just gorgeous. Those views are breathtaking. What a wonderful place to stay, it looks like there is so much to see and do. Thanks for the trip! Kathy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Donna, I've learned more about my state since you've been visiting here than I have known after living here all of my life! Thanks for some beautiful pictures and for all of the information. laurie

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, I love Mount Magazine! We went to the butterfly festival up there this summer, it was hot! It's so beautiful up there and the visitor center is so nice. When we were there I took alot of pics of the hummingbirds outside the windows, there were a ton!

Kevin is doing fine. The tumor is benign, thank the Lord! The doctor does not think it will grow anymore and will not have to be removed. We were so thankful because his mom died of cancer 2 yrs. ago, so we were a little worried. He's almost recovered from the last surgery so he is getting back to normal. Thanks for your concern.

Thanks for checking out the frames! Kristen

Diana said...

Great shots - thanks for sharing. I did not know that Havana and Paris were in Arkansas! Live and learn....

PEA said...

What a beautiful place that is and the scenery is magnificent! I had never heard of Mount Magazine so it was very interesting to learn more about it and see all the pictures. I wouldn't mind sitting on the balcony at the back of the lodge and just admire the scenery from there, absolutely gorgeous. xoxo

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