Mount Magazine State Park – Visitor’s Guide (From A Local)

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Mount Magazine State Park is one of Arkansas’s hidden gems. At least in my opinion.

With over 2,000 acres of forest to explore, it’s no wonder that this Park is a popular destination for hiking and camping. The views from the top of Mount Magazine are simply breathtaking, and visitors can also enjoy picnicking and Wildlife viewing.

Mount Magazine State Park also offers a variety of educational programs, making it the perfect place to learn about the local ecosystem. Last year, the Park welcomed over 200,000 visitors, and we expect even more this year! So come on down and explore all that Mount Magazine State Park has to offer.

Things To Do In Mount Magazine State Park

If you’re not familiar with the Ozarks, the main draw is the scenery. You’re not going to be going to any specific points but more just enjoying the outdoors and the wonders that the Ozarks have to offer.

With that being said, there are lots of ways to do it! Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy the park.

1. Take Signal Trail To The Highpoint

Hiking the Signal Trail in Mount Magazine State Park is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, making it a great choice for beginners. The views from the trail are stunning, and you’re likely to see plenty of wildlife along the way. Hiking the Signal Trail is a great way to explore Mount Magazine State Park and get some fresh air.

If you’re in the hiking mood there are also a dozen of trails in the area of varying difficulty. Just don’t forget your camera!

2. Go For A Bike Ride

For those who prefer two wheels to two feet, Mount Magazine has 8 miles of mountain biking trails. These trails are perfect for taking in the views at a leisurely pace or getting your heart rate up.

3. Go For A Picnic

Make a stop at one of the many picnic areas located throughout the park. Mount Magazine is the perfect place to enjoy a packed lunch with friends or family while surrounded by nature.

4. Look For Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife that calls Mount Magazine home. The park is home to white-tailed deer, black bears, bobcats, eagles, and more! You might even get lucky and spot a rare species.

5. Go For A Scenic Drive

Take in the sights of Mount Magazine by car with one of the scenic drives. winding roads take you past rocky vistas, fields of wildflowers, and dense forest habitats. Whether you’re driving or hiking, there’s no shortage of breathtaking views at Mount Magazine State Park!

Other Activities In The Area

If you’re staying in the area overnight (and not camping or staying at the lodge…) it’s likely that you’ll end up in Paris, Arkansas.

Paris is a great small town with a bunch of offerings for those looking for entertainment.

Visit the Daisy Airgun Museum

The first thing on your list of things to do in Paris, Arkansas should be to visit the Daisy Airgun Museum. The Daisy Airgun Museum is dedicated to the history of the Daisy air rifle. The museum has a collection of over 200 air rifles, including some rare and antique rifles.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and admission is free for all visitors.

The other activity that I would recommend to anyone visiting Paris is the Historic City Hall Art Gallery. The Historic City Hall Art Gallery is housed in a restored 19th-century building. The gallery features rotating exhibitions of local artists as well as traveling exhibitions.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and admission is free for all visitors.

Where To Say (Mount Magazine Lodge)

If you’re not staying in Paris, you’re probably going to be spending the night at the lodge.

Mount Magazine Lodge is the place to stay in the area and people come from all over to enjoy the amenities.

The lodge offers stunning views of the surrounding forest, as well as plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, Mount Magazine Lodge is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

Lookout at Mount Magazine Lodge

What to Expect at Mount Magazine Lodge

As soon as you arrive at Mount Magazine Lodge, you’ll be taken in by the breathtaking views. The lodge is situated atop Mount Magazine, which offers hiking trails, rock climbing, and camping for the adventurous types. For those looking to relax, the lodge offers a pool, hot tub, and spa services. And of course, no trip to Mount Magazine Lodge would be complete without taking in the views from one of the many observation decks.

So why not book your stay today and come see what all the fuss is about!

Camping In Mount Magazine State Park

Mount Magazine State Park is also a great place to go camping.

There are two main campgrounds at Mount Magazine State Park: Cove Lake Campground and Signal Hill Campground. Both campgrounds have RV hookups and several water/electrical hookups.

Cove Lake Campground is located near the lake, and Signal Hill Campground is located near the visitor center. If you’re looking for a more rustic camping experience, you can also find primitive campsites located throughout the park.

At the two main campgrounds rates are reasonable, and the facilities are clean and well-maintained.

Best Time To Visit

Mount Magazine State Park is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. However, fall may be the best time to go. The leaves are changing color, and the weather is cooler, making it ideal for hiking. The views from the top of the mountain are especially stunning during this time of year. In addition, the park is less crowded in the fall, so you can enjoy more peace and quiet.


Mount Magazine State Park is a great place to visit for anyone who loves the outdoors. The added pull of the lodge elevates a rustic experience to a beautiful weekend getaway. With its beautiful views and many activities, there is something for everyone at Mount Magazine. Fall is the best time to go, so be sure to plan your trip soon!