Mount Magazine State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arkansas

Mount Magazine is Arkansas’s highest point at 2,753 feet above sea level. Come for the breathtaking views, but stay for the mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking, ATV riding, wildlife watching, and other outdoor activities. The park is one of two that offer hang gliding launch areas...if you’re not a hang glider yourself, it’s certainly fascinating to hang out and watch those who are as they take flight!

Scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and a visitor center are all worth exploring, and you can find a variety of programs led by park volunteers. The weather at the park dips into the 20s during the coldest winter months, and peaks around 85 F during the summer. Be sure to bring a sweatshirt for the top of the mountain - when you go up in elevation, it can get chilly.

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Weather
Spring 55 F - 72 F
Summer 80 F - 85 F
Fall 54 F - 77 F
Winter 44 F - 46 F
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Nearby Cities
Booneville, AR
Fort Smith, AR
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Mount Magazine State Park

Mount Magazine has a variety of lodging options at the park, and people who reviewed the campgrounds seem very pleased with the accommodations. If you decide to RV camp, you can rent one from RVshare.com, and you can find the perfect vehicle for you and your family, at a price that suits you. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you with your RV trip. You can rent an RV near your home and head to the park on a road trip, or if you’d prefer, you can fly nearer to your destination and rent an RV there. Along with camping right inside the park, you can try one of these nearby campgrounds.

Parkside RV Park

This RV park is near the Booneville Police Department, and also near a city park. It’s close to some fast food restaurants and other places to eat. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: there are not many amenities, but the low price reflects that!

Grape County RV Park

This campground is about 50 minutes from the park, but is located in the wine capital of Arkansas. Park your RV and spend a day or two exploring the vineyards nearby. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: vineyard tours, storm shelter

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What to Do at
Mount Magazine State Park

Inside Mount Magazine State Park

Because the views at Mount Magazine are so spectacular, there are plenty of things to do outdoors while enjoying them! Hiking trails snake through the park, and there are scenic drives with spots to pull over. Bring binoculars and look for birds and other wildlife. There are plenty of areas for picnicking, and several of them have grills as well.

Some other cool experiences and activities at the park include:

Bicycling: Bikes are available for rent at the lodge and road cycling as allowed throughout the park. There are bike lanes, and mountain biking is allowed in some areas as well.

Fishing: The rock quarry is home to bream, catfish, and largemouth bass. 

Rock climbing: Climbing is allowed in certain places where the sensitive plants and animals’ habitats won’t be affected. Check in at the visitor center for more information if you’re interested. 

Horseback riding: You can bring your own horse and ride on the Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail near the northeast rock quarry.

Outside Mount Magazine State Park

There are several lakes nearby where you can swim, fish, and do other water spots. There are also places to eat and shop if you need a day to recuperate. 

Restaurants

There are several places near Mount Magazine to enjoy a good meal after a long day of hiking or other outdoor activities.

The Skycrest Restaurant

Named after the first hotel perched atop the mountain, the Skycrest is located inside The Lodge at  Mount Magazine. The restaurant has a Southern menu...and amazing views of the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain Lake to boot.

Type: Southern

Location: Mount Magazine

The Grapevine Restaurant

As they invite you in to a homey place to eat, the staff at The Grapevine has you seat yourself, then brings you a menu and a basket of their homemade bread. They also smoke meats right on the premises.

Type: American

Location: Paris, AR

Shopping

Warren’s Shoes

This store has ladies’ dress and casual shoes including Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Vince Camuto, FRYE, BCBG, Jessica Simpson, BORN, and more. While there are six upscale locations around Arkansas, this is the parent store.

Location: Paris, AR

Sightseeing

Cove Lake

Boat or jetski on Cove Lake, or try fishing for catfish, bass, and perch. The lake is stocked every other year, although a small amount of catfish are stocked every year, just in time for the kids’ fishing derby. You can also swim at the lake and hike along the shores. Prices: there is no entrance fee to use the lake

Location: Paris, AR

Schluterman's ATV Tour & Guide Service

This company offers guided ATV tours and all-terrain vehicle rental which includes safety equipment and training on how to operate the vehicles. Their ATVs are fully automatic. Reservations are required. Prices begin at $80 for a three-hour ride

Location: Paris, AR

Go wine-tasting

The area around Mount Magazine is home to several different wineries which offer tours and tasting rooms. The Arkansas Historic Wine Museum is nearby if you want to learn more about the viticultural past of the area.

Location: Altus, Paris, and other towns near Mount Magazine

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How to Get to
Mount Magazine State Park

Mount Magazine State Park is located on Scenic Highway 309 approximately 16 miles south of Paris; or from Danville, travel nine miles west on Ark. 10 to Havana, then go 10 miles north on Scenic Highway 309. 

Entering Mount Magazine State Park

There is no fee to enter Mount Magazine State Park.

Visiting Mount Magazine State Park is a wonderful way to make memories with those you love. There are so many outdoor activities where you can see the beauty surrounding you on all sides.  While you’re on your trip, don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts or send us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!