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Old 03-23-2013, 05:12 AM   #16
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:28 AM   #17
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:41 AM   #18
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:02 PM   #19
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My conundrum… I’ve only got one full day to spend in the park. When I was checking in, I asked a park interpreter in the visitor’s center, “if I can only make one hike to one destination in the park, where should I go?” She unhesitatingly replied “Cedar Falls!” Breakfast comprised hot oatmeal with fruit and steaming hot coffee. I loaded my day pack with snacks and struck out around 8 AM for the falls by way of an improved hike & bike trail from the campground to the trail head at Mather Lodge.

Passed a tribute to the Civilian Conservation Core.



Getting closer…



CCC water tower poised at the entrance to Mather Lodge. Dig the "keystone".



Approaching Mater Lodge, named for the benefactor of the National Park System; seems we all owe this gentleman a debt of gratitude.





Step through the veranda into a stone courtyard that overlooks the Arkansas River Valley.



The trail head’s just a stone’s-throw away. Yep, the initial decent is pretty steep!







But you are immediately treated to fascinating geology! These features are the result of a kind of differential weathering I believe.



And scenery second to none.



This is Cedar Creek, where trees try to get a foot-hold in the shallow rocky soils…



Lichens cling to boulders…



Shelf fungi cling to fallen trees…



And trilliums reach for warm sunshine…



Incredible scenery provides a nice diversion during my hike to the falls. I hear them first, and then they literally come into view as I round a bend in the creek.



Gosh, these pictures fall short… a cold mist hangs in the air and the roar of the falls lends a placid feel to this earthy cathedral. Folks, you just have to go there!



I spent some time here just enjoying the view. We don’t have waterfalls in Texas. Had a snack, and started the hike back to the lodge to enjoy a “sit-down” meal.

What can I say? Open faced roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy is my gastronomic achilles heel.




The lobby...





And great room with a toasty fire.




I arrived back at camp by about 1:00, and made use of my Kermit chair and returned to my book for awhile. It’s a page turner, not my typical read but interesting. So, I noticed an announcement for an interpretive program slated to start at 2 PM at the Rock House Cave Trail featuring a hike to the cave (or what is better described as a large natural rock shelter) and a close up look at some Native American pictographs and some of the most remarkable geological formations in the park. I’m there!

More to come, and again thanks for looking!


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Old 03-23-2013, 08:00 PM   #20
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That is a seriously beautiful place. Thanks for sharing. Patiently waiting for more....
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:12 PM   #21
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Me&wife spent a wkend-anniversary there 12yrs.ago enjoyed it,gotta go back,thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:36 PM   #22
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Made the short ride from my camp ground to the Rock House Cave trail head, just off of Red Bluff Drive.





According to the park interpreter, Petit Jean lies within what was the territory of the Mississippian culture; a civilization that flourished from 800-1500. The people left their mark in this rock shelter in the form of artful and often abstract pictographs.







The park interpreter gave an interesting presentation on the Mississippians. Following his talk, we hiked to the rock shelter and he positioned a flexible reflector in such a way that it made the fading pictographs “stand out” so they could be appreciated and photographed.



Some are abstract…



This yin-yang motif is common at other sites and on pottery left behind by the people. The interpreter said it has spiritual significance.



And some recognizable like this “teosinte”…



…and this paddlefish and fish trap.



What do you see?







On the hike out, I paused to marvel at these “turtle rocks”, which result from a weathering process that’s poorly understood…






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Old 03-24-2013, 07:54 PM   #23
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Petit Jean

Great report! That park is a real hidden gem. Ive been in the Mena/Oden area several times mountain biking but not on a road trip yet.
Wow, really dipped into the 20s at night? Did you bring all your warmest gear? Cold front blew through Austin today.

Thanks for the great pics, would love to check this out on a road bike some time!
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:07 AM   #24
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Thanks for sharing your trip out to Petit Jean. Had so much fun there the first time I happened on the place about 20 years ago. Was attempting to teach the rangers the proper way to say the Name of the Place. It's French, so pronounce in French. LOL! Lots of fun memories and I still run by the place when in the area. Arkansas is so vast, fun and beautiful. I never get tired of roaming it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:10 AM   #25
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Nice report and pix. Sparks my interest in the area.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:23 AM   #26
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Great report and pics. Petit Jean has some unique geologic formations. It is a great place to explore, hike and do some bouldering.

I have not been to the lodge since it has been reworked. It looks very nice. They were unsure if they could save it or if they would have to tear it down and rebuild. I'm glad they got to keep it and have it restored. There was a large CCC camp up there with remains of several of their buildings still standing. The stories of the men that came there to work is humbling. The CCC workers gave Arkansas several nice State Parks.

Mt. Magazine has a very nice lodge but fewer hiking trails to enjoy. It is worth going to see if for no other reason than the ride up there (recommend going up from the south and down the north side).

IMO, Arkansas State Parks are as good as anywhere in the country and I'm very proud of them. To me, they are the crown jewel of Arkansas.

Sounds like you enjoyed your trip.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #27
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Great RR so far!

My wife & I love seeking out new parks and going on big hikes, and Petit Jean SP will be right on our route for our fall trip down to Key West...so this RR is perfect timing!!

Beautiful scenery!!
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Great report! That park is a real hidden gem. Ive been in the Mena/Oden area several times mountain biking but not on a road trip yet.
Wow, really dipped into the 20s at night? Did you bring all your warmest gear? Cold front blew through Austin today.

Thanks for the great pics, would love to check this out on a road bike some time!
It’s a gem indeed! I knew it would be cold at night, and I had warm clothes and my cold-weather riding gear; but the days were clear and crisp warming to the high 50s… perfect!
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Thanks for sharing your trip out to Petit Jean. Had so much fun there the first time I happened on the place about 20 years ago. Was attempting to teach the rangers the proper way to say the Name of the Place. It's French, so pronounce in French. LOL! Lots of fun memories and I still run by the place when in the area. Arkansas is so vast, fun and beautiful. I never get tired of roaming it.
My neighbor is from Arkansas, and she schooled me on the correct pronunciation… something like “Pedda gene”… right?
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Nice report and pix. Sparks my interest in the area.
It's a sweet park!
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