Plan a Weekend Getaway to Mount Magazine State Park: Highest Point in Arkansas


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 ready to 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.

Cameron Bluff Overlook

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.

Weekend Guide To Mount Magazine State Park

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?

Hiking the North Rim Trail

Weekend Itinerary

  • Arrive and check-in at the Visitor Center to camp (check-in is around 3:00 pm)
  • Set up camp (or check-in to your lodging).
  • Walk to the entrance of the campground, and across the street is the trailhead for Signal Hill
  • Hike Signal Hill.
  • Have an early camp dinner, then head over to the Cameron Bluff Lookout to catch a sunset.
  • Enjoy camp and hit the sack.
  • Wake up early – hike the North Rim Trail.
  • Drive around and take pictures of the park and check out the Benefield Overlook Area.
  • Head back home.
  • Stop in Paris, Arkansas, and take photos of their precious recreation of the Lovelock Bridge from Paris, France. It is so cute!
View from the North Rim Trail

Best Things To Do at Mount Magazine State Park

Mount Magazine Hiking Trails

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.

There are eight main trails to explore, but we want to share our two favorites with you to pack into your weekend excursion.

North Rim Trail Details

  • Features: Hike through the cedars and oaks, and across a few creeks, for epic views from the bluff openings. The famous photography point is Dill Point.
  • Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous
  • Distance: 2.7 miles (one-way) from the Visitor Center to the Cove Lake Trail parking lot north of the campground, or a 4.2-mile loop connecting to the Mossback Ridge Trail.
  • Parking: Yes, multiple trailhead parking lot options (east or west ends).
  • Dog friendly: Yes, leash-requirement.
  • Cost: Free
  • Restrooms: Yes, at the Visitor Center or campground area.
  • Cell Phone Reception: Yes, enough to use AllTrails online.
Dill Point along the North Rim Trail

Signal Hill Trail Details

  • Features: Signal Hill is the tallest point in Arkansas at an elevation of 2,753 feet.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 1.8 miles
  • Parking: Yes, near the campground entrance or at the Lodge.
  • Dog friendly: Yes, leash-requirement.
  • Cost: Free
  • Restrooms: Yes, at the Visitor Center, campground, and Lodge.
  • Cell Phone Reception: Yes, enough to use AllTrails online.

Hiking enthusiasts are sure to have fun exploring two of the most fantastic hiking trails in Arkansas.

Signal Hill Trailhead across from campground

Catch a Sunset at the Cameron Bluff Overlook

Pause to watch the sunset from the 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.

Sunset at Cameron Bluff Lookout

There is a nice parking area to set yourself up to chase the sunset.

Mount Magazine State Park Camping

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.

Mount Magazine Campground Site #17

We absolutely loved camping here.

The is no cell phone reception at the campground.

How much does it cost to camp at Mount Magazine?

To check campground rates, call the park ahead of time or check online.

Map of Mount Magazine State Park

Directions to Mount Magazine

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 charming.

Other Questions You May Have While Planning

Do you have to pay to get into Mount Magazine State Park?

The park is free to use unless you are camping.

There are camping fees.

Does Mount Magazine have showers?

Yes, there are showers at the campground area, along with flushing toilets.

Is there cell phone reception?

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.

Is the park pet-friendly?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the trails and at the campground on a leash.

Sunny our Chihuahua

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When is the best time of year to visit?

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.

Is the park crowded?

Overall, the park isn’t crowded. We visited over a Thursday-Friday during the middle of July. Weekends are busier, of course.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace while exploring the outdoors to protect the environment.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Mount Magazine

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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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.


  1. Shelly Shainess on August 13, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Mount Magazine State Park Looks like one to add to our list.

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 22, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      We hope you can make it someday!

  2. Hannah on August 11, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve not yet explored Arkansas, and the Ouachitas look absolutely lush and beautiful. I love your little camper – am tempted by something like that myself

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 11, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Hannah – the Ouachitas and Ozarks are beautiful. We love northwest Arkansas. We also love our Aliner Ranger camper. You should get one!

  3. Lynda on August 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    While I won’t be camping in Arkansas anytime soon, I would love to go back to the Wonder State and try digging for diamonds (again). I really wish that I could get into hiking.

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 11, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Lynda – so cool you went to Crater of Diamonds State Park. That is on our bucket list for this fall when it cools off!

  4. Kaitlyn on August 11, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Oh wow! Those views are absolutely stunning! I can’t imagine what it looks like in the fall with all the leaves changing color!

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 11, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Kaitlyn! Yes on fall in northwest Arkansas! It is simply the best! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Anna / At Lifestyle Crossroads on August 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Wow! 14 miles of hiking trails – so awesome! I´ve never heard of Mount Magazine State Park before – what a discovery! Also, the sunset at Cameron Bluff Overlook looks so romantic! Thanks for the inspiration

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 11, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Anna! Mount Magazine is wonderful. Thanks for reading. Hope you can visit someday. Arkansas has beautiful state parks.

  6. kmf on August 11, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I’m all about day hikes. Would love to check out Mount Magazine State Park near Paris, Arkansas! Beautiful!

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 11, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Karen – thanks for reading. You would love hiking in Arkansas!

  7. William Randall on July 28, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I’d like to camp here one day, guys !! HAPPY camping !!

    • Ashlee Fechino on July 29, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Hi Uncle Burt! Thanks for reading. You’d love it here! So pretty – the hills and views go for miles.

  8. Cristina Sala on July 28, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Maravillosa la escapada de fin de semana. Los veo a ambos tan lindos disfrutando y respirando tanta naturaleza. Los abrazo . los amo.

    • Ashlee Fechino on July 29, 2021 at 9:52 am

      ¡Hola Cristina! Gracias por leer y comentar. ¡Te echamos de menos! ¡Te amamos!