Who doesn’t love the outdoors? Mount Magazine State Park near Paris, Arkansas, makes for the perfect weekend mountain escape to reinvigorate yourself from the workweek. So, get some fresh mountain air and explore the highest point in Arkansas! This article is for anyone who would like to visit Mount Magazine to camp, hike, take photos, and enjoy the sunset.
Mount Magazine State Park has a special place in our hearts, and we cannot wait to share all the details with you! This isn’t an article for every single thing to do at Mount Magazine; this is an article for how to explore some of the best trails, camp, and enjoy yourself in two days.
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Mount Magazine State Park is the perfect place to go for a weekend escape. Whether you’re looking to camp, hike, or just enjoy nature and get some fresh mountain air, Mount Magazine has something that will help anyone revive themselves.
The Park isn’t too far from a few major cities such as Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Dallas, and Memphis!
Are you ready to plan a fun weekend trip? Plan to just go!
The State Park is home to over 14 miles of hiking trails boasting infinite possibilities for outdoor recreation. The Ouachita Mountains offer some incredible opportunities for hikers who enjoy solitude. Many of the trails at Mount Magazine originated as game trails that the American Indians historically used. Not only are there 14 miles of trails within the Park, but there are also miles of backcountry trails connecting as far as the Ozark Mountains (wow)!
There are eight (8) main trails to explore, but we want to share our two (2) favorites with you to pack into your weekend excursion!
Hiking enthusiasts are sure to have fun exploring two (2) of the most fantastic hiking trails in Arkansas.
Pause to watch the sunset from Cameron Bluff Overlook and take in all that nature has to offer. The forest surrounding you will be your soundtrack as you admire a view of rolling hills, bluffs, and the valley below. This is an excellent spot for capturing some great photo memories!
There is a nice parking area to set yourself up to chase the sunset.
Who doesn’t love waking up in the morning to fresh mountain air?
There are 18 campsites with full hookups at the Park. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time by calling the Park or booking online. The campground fills up fast!
There are restrooms and shower facilities. The full hook-up campsites are spaced out nicely among trees so that you won’t feel crowded.
We absolutely loved camping here!
The is no cell phone reception at the campground.
To check campground rates, call the Park ahead of time or check online.
The Park is located off Scenic Highway 309 near Paris, Arkansas. It is about 16 miles from Paris. Google maps will get you there.
You can also access the Park from Havana, Arkansas. From Havana, the Park is 10 miles north on Highway 309.
If you’re driving through Paris, Arkansas, be sure to stop in town to see their cute recreation and tribute to the Paris, France Lovelock Bridge. It is so cute!
The Park is free to use (as of 2021) unless you are camping. Isn’t that awesome!?
There are camping fees.
Yes, there are showers at the campground area, along with flushing toilets.
The cell phone reception at Mount Magazine is hit and miss. It depends on where you are standing. Plan to unplug and unwind.
If you’re hiking, you might want to download offline maps for hiking. For example, we use the app AllTrails on our iPhones.
Yes, dogs are allowed on the trails and at the campground on a leash.
Mount Magazine is open year-round. So, depending on what you’re planning to do, you can enjoy the park all year long.
If you’re visiting in the spring, the temperatures will be cooler, and the plants will just be starting to green up. It will be a great time to hike when it’s cooler.
For summer adventures, hike earlier in the day to beat the heat. Most of the trails are in the shade. Be sure to pack bug spray!
Fall is always an incredible time of year to play in the Ouachitas to see the fall foliage.
Winter is cooler but a great time to enjoy the scenic hikes. There are no bugs, and the days are shorter, so there is less time to explore. However, it does get cold here in the winter, so wear appropriate winter hiking clothes!
Overall, the Park isn’t crowded. We visited over a Thursday-Friday during the middle of July. Weekends are busier, of course.
Always practice Leave No Trace while exploring the outdoors to protect the environment.
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Mount Magazine State Park is a gem in the Ouachita Mountains that provides stunning views and peace of mind. The Park offers camping, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks for some epic photography opportunities with an observation lookout to take breathtaking pictures from high up on top of one of Arkansas’s highest points.
You will fall head over heels with this place!
Get your best gear ready because there’s something here for camping enthusiasts, hikers, and nature lovers alike.
Thanks for reading!
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!