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
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