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Arkansas: Mount Magazine State Park
Posted on Saturday, November 05 @ 19:55:32 CST by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails 16878 Highway 309 South
Paris, AR 72855

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 that the summit's cooler temperatures afforded.

Through the years, the mountain has been a place to enjoy outdoor recreational pursuits like sightseeing, hiking, picnicking, camping, horseback riding, birding, and wildlife watching, activities still enjoyed by today's park visitors. The more adventuresome can also enjoy the challenges of backpacking, rock climbing, rappelling, hang gliding, biking, and mountain biking. ATV trail adventure can be enjoyed here, too, and the new high tech sport of geocaching.

The mountain has long been an outdoor laboratory for nature study. Park interpreters present a wide variety of nature programs for the education and enjoyment of visitors and visiting school groups.

The new 60-room Mount Magazine State Park Lodge and 13 park cabins are currently under construction, and scheduled to open in early 2006. These overnight facilities will carry on the mountain's lodging legacy, one most recently carried forward by the U.S. Forest Service lodge that operated on the mountain from the 1940s until it was destroyed by fire in 1971.

Through partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Mount Magazine State Park stretches over 2,234 acres of national forest land within the Magazine District of the Ozark National Forest. Mount Magazine is one of Arkansas's 51 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Here the combined resources of the Forest Service and Arkansas State Parks ensure the protection of the mountain's natural resources while providing outstanding recreational offerings and lodging facilities for visitors. Mount Magazine State Park is a microcosm of why Arkansas—The Natural State is such a special experience for those who seek quality outdoor experiences.

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