Valentine Specials in Arkansas

A Sweet Hike

Petit Jean State Park


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What better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them than to snuggle up in front of a fire inside a cozy cabin. Or perhaps watch a sunset from the perfect location? These are just two of the ways that Arkansas State Parks can help make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Arkansas State Parks have planned events that will make your valentine swoon! Also, state parks provide the perfect backdrop for the perfect romantic gesture. Any way you slice it, you can’t go wrong with a Valentine’s experience at Arkansas State Parks. Here are a few of your options:


A Sweet Hike on the Rim Trail: Take a leisurely walk along some of the most scenic areas in Petit Jean State Park. We will follow the bluff line above the lower canyon of Cedar Creek. Dress warmly, bring water along and enjoy the moderate, 2.5 mile hike.

The Legend of Petit Jean in One Act: See the retelling of the “romantic legend” about the naming of Petit Jean Mountain.

Fall for Cedar Falls: Meet Park Interpreter BT for a guided hike down to one of the most romantic locations in the park – the foot of beautiful Cedar Falls! This hike is a 2-mile round trip, strenuous, and takes about 2 hours. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring along plenty of water.

Valentine’s Dinner: This holiday is about being with the one you love. The Mather Lodge Restaurant will make your dinner unforgettable with a spectacular meal to match the ambiance that’s created by the sweeping views and gracious setting. We will be serving hot water cornbread appetizer to each table. Next comes either a caprese or spinach salad. Choose a BBQ double-cut pork chop, roasted chicken or pesto cannelloni as a main course. Following dinner, you will enjoy live music by classical guitarist Matt Gardner and dessert in the welcoming and wonderful great room.

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