Review of Petit Jean State Park Campground in Morrilton, Arkansas
May 2010 – 5 Nights
The park atmosphere is fantastic. There are 2 main sections to the park. One loop with very well spaced full hook up sites and another section with tighter packed rv and tent sites. We stayed in the full hook up loop, right near the lake. The full hook up sites sit in the midst of tall pines overlooking the lake. It is a very relaxing place to camp.
Campsite spacing is fantastic in the full hook up sites. Plenty of room for the kids to run around and play without running into another camper. The other loop was a little tighter spaced but was almost empty, so you still end up with a lot of space between you and the next camper.
The full hook up sites are a mix of very large paved pull thru or back-in sites. our site also had a large gravel area, with a very nice picnic table, park grill, lantern hanger, tent pad and a nice fire pit with cooking grate. We did not have to level the camp out at all.
Hiking is absolutely fantastic. There are many trails that are very conducive to short family hikes with a few trails in the 3 to 5 mile range. The scenery on the hikes is absolutely beautiful as well. If anything, I recommend visiting this park just for the hiking. The hikes consist of small streams, beautiful waterfalls, canyons and little caves/caverns. Definitely a great place to go for day hikes with your family. You can read our blog entry on Petit Jean State Park for more descriptions of our hikes.
There is a nice lake that is great for canoeing and kayaking on. We took a few family canoe rides on the lake. We have a picture of Reid drinking his bottle in the nose of the canoe. The full hook up loop actually overlooks the lake and there are a few sites very close to the lake. There is no swimming in the lake.
Fishing was ok, we did catch a few sunfish from the banks which was fun. I assume if somebody was fishing without kids in there canoe they might do ok in the fishing department. There are plenty of areas along the lake to bank fish; some in the campground area and others in the day use park area. There is dock in the day use area to fish from.
Our camp site gave the kids a ton of room to run around and play in the grass. Traffic in the park was also not bad, and allowed for us to take short walks around our loop while Kyle road his tricycle. It really was a great place for the kids with all the different things to do between the short hikes, lake and all the space. The large grassy space between sites in the full hook up look allows for plenty of area for kids to run around the your campsite.
Overall this was a fantastic park and may be one of our favorites. There was an endless amount of things to do that can keep you busy for a whole week. It was about a 12 hour drive for us but well worth it. We highly recommend you planning a trip to this park if you are within a days drive or even 2 days drive.
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