Hike day at Petit Jean State Park

Wed. 5/29/13… I woke up,, made coffee and sat outside listening to the birds. What a great way to start the day. That was around 6am. Diane woke up around 7 I think and we got our day going.

After breakfast we took Jack for a 1.5 mile walk,, well they walked and I rode the bike. That was enough to tucker Jack out which allowed us to take off for a couple hikes we had planned.

The first trail we wanted to walk was to the base of the Cedar Falls. Now mind you that I knew full well were the trail head was but for some reason Diane thought she did as well and we headed to the Cedar Falls Overlook and started in.

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I thought the curves in the rocks were cool. Probably looked better in person

I thought the curves in the rocks were cool. Probably looked better in person

The beginning of the trail was a nice boardwalk through the trees that took us to a ,, well,, overlook. From there it just wasn’t clear where we would go to get WAY down to the falls but we were determined so we found a opening in the trees and headed on.

We thought we were on the trail that took us to the waterfall you see below BUT we was wrong LOL! We will hike that Thursday. But we still found some good trails to keep us out of trouble today.

We thought we were on the trail that took us to the waterfall you see below BUT we was wrong LOL! We will hike that Thursday. But we still found some good trails to keep us out of trouble today.

It turned out that the trail turned into a strenuous trail which is what the trail that takes you to the falls is described as in the brochures we have read so we thought we were headed in the right direction. But as it turned out we was on the wrong trail to begin with. Not only that but we switched over to another trail without even knowing LOL!!! Sometimes I think we shouldn’t be allowed out by ourselves LOL!!

We somehow switched trails without realizing it and stubled across this bridge.

We somehow switched trails without realizing it and stubled across this bridge.

But to be honest a lot of the trails intersect with each other so it could happen to ANYONE!!! Really it could!!

After we meandered around aimlessly long enough and it was obvious that we was NOT going to get to the falls from this area we headed back up to the Jeep and headed out for another trail.

The trail we headed to was the Rock House Cave Trail. It was a short and very easy trail that lead us through a area that was full of what they call Turtle Rocks.

These are called Turtle Backs. They are on the Cave House Trail. A very easy short trail.

These are called Turtle Backs. They are on the Cave House Trail. A very easy short trail.

Turtle Rocks are caused by spheroidal, zonal or “lisengang” weathering. Where for millions of years ground water has percolated down through the crevices, cracks and cross-bedding causing oxidation of iron and other heavy minerals in the sandstone.

Rock House Cave really isn’t a cave at all, but a huge rock shelter. Rock house contains evidence  Native Americans once lived in the area on or near Petit Jean Mountain many years ago.

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After Rock House we headed home for a bite to eat and some kick back time. But on the way we decided to continue down the road to the Outpost and pick up some milk. The Outpost is a very small store just outside the park boundaries that we were told MIGHT have milk,,, and they did. And as it turned out they make fudge!! So of course we had to by just a little.

We went to the Outpost store for some milk and guess what!!!! They make there own fudge. It would have been down right un neighborly not to buy some,, don't ya think?

We went to the Outpost store for some milk and guess what!!!! They make there own fudge. It would have been down right un neighborly not to buy some,, don’t ya think?

After we kicked back and relaxed for a while we BBQ’ed up some pork chops and then decided to go for our evening walk which took us down to Lake Bailey. It’s a nice lake and you can rent boats if you would like.

A fishing dock on the Lake Bailey

A fishing dock on the Lake Bailey

Thats the dock we was in over on the left

Thats the dock we was in over on the left

That Diane,,, she is SUCJ a hell raiser!!! It's hard to keep her out of trouble LOL!!

That Diane,,, she is SUCJ a hell raiser!!! It’s hard to keep her out of trouble LOL!!

What a good day. A bit humid but nice. I think we are getting into the parts of the country that I could shower twice a day and still feel like it’s not enough.

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2 Responses to Hike day at Petit Jean State Park

  1. Bill and I put this park on our list for when we go east again. Will you be going to Crater of Diamonds State Park? That is on our list as well. Love seeing your photos, looks like you are having a great time. Safe travels.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      We are going to Village Creek State Park next and then in to Memphis to Graceland I guess. I would personally enjoy doing more parks in Arkansas now but we will certainlt come back and do a bunch more and Crater of Diamonds sounds like one we will hit.

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