Thursday, September 26, 2019

Petit Jean State Park

Our destination on Day 3 of our trip to the Fuse Get Together in Branson was Petit Jean State Park.    This is an Arkansas State Park about an hour North West of Little Rock.  It sits up high on a ridge where the air is a little cooler than on the delta below.

It was the first State Park in Arkansas and was built by the CCC.  This is a nice destination park.  It has everything.  A lodge, cabins, a nice restaurant, camping, hiking trails, bike trails,  a driving tour, an auto museum just outside the park, all sorts of stuff.

We did get out and explore.  I walked down to the falls.  Too bad it has been dry since the falls were at a trickle.  But it was an easy walk and ADA compliment so even Lily made most of it.

In addition to the natural beauty, there were also a number of CCC building projects.  The CCC water tower was really an interesting structure

We got site #60 at the campground. The price, $23.00. 30A electric and water only. 50A full hookups are available for $36.00.  A dump station centrally located and since we rarely do full hookups anyhow we elected for the smaller site. Book online at Arkansas State Parks.

The bath house was next to our spot.  Nice and clean. The showers are not very large, but definitely workable.  Pretty standard for a State Park and everything was well kept up.

One thing I do like to do is visit and explore park lodges.  Not that we stay in them but the architecture of these old structures just mesmerizes me.  I could sit in the the lodge at Old Faithful, the Ahwahnee at Yellowstone and here all day and take in the atmosphere.  The Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State park is right up there with the lobbies in these famous lodges.

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