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Mount Magazine State Park, Paris

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Mount Magazine, officially named Magazine Mountain, is the highest mountain in the state of Arkansas and the site of Mount Magazine State Park. The mountain is a flat-topped plateau with a sandstone cap rimmed by precipitous rock cliffs. Two peaks are situated atop the plateau, Signal Hill, which reaches 2753ft, and Mossback Ridge, which reaches 2700ft.
Magazine Mountain sits in the midst of the Ozark National Forest in the Arkansas River Valley approximately 17mi south of Paris, Logan County, Arkansas, on Highway 309 (also known as the Mount Magazine Scenic Byway). The most scenic route to the top is a 10mi drive north from Havana, Arkansas. Views of Blue Mountain Lake will be enjoyed throughout the journey.
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The mountain gets its name from when French explorers were traveling through the area and a landslide occurred on the mountain. The noise from the landslide was so great that one explorer described it as the sound of an ammunition magazine exploding. The explorers then named the mountain "Magazine".
The Geographic Names Index System (GNIS) of the USGS indicates that the official name of this feature is Magazine Mountain, not "Mount Magazine". Although not a hard and fast rule, generally "Mount Xxxxx" is used for a peak and "Xxxx Mountain" is more frequently used for ridges, which better describes this feature. Magazine Mountain appears in the GNIS as a ridge, with Signal Hill identified as its summit. "Mount Magazine" is the name used by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, which follows what the locals have used since the area was first settled. All four of the guidebooks published to date on the subject of state highpoints have used Magazine Mountain.
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  • Very nice staff. Beautiful lodge/cabins with amazing view of the lake and hang gliders (at the right time of year). The restaurant is really good, especially the Friday night surf and turf buffet. No....  more
    Very nice staff. Beautiful lodge/cabins with amazing view of the lake and hang gliders (at the right time of year). The restaurant is really good, especially the Friday night surf and turf buffet. No....  more »
  • Lodge is beautiful. Restaurant is beautiful and had a great server but food major disappointment. Not that good. I expected more menu choices Maybe more at dinner time? My chicken fry and my... 
    Lodge is beautiful. Restaurant is beautiful and had a great server but food major disappointment. Not that good. I expected more menu choices Maybe more at dinner time? My chicken fry and my...  more »
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  • Very nice park with plenty to do. Campground, picnic areas, a visitor center and a lodge. There is a good trail system there. The trails are well defined and fairly easy to follow, though they are not as well marked as in other Arkansas State Parks. The lodge has rooms with beautiful views over the valley. The food at the dining room was good. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
  • He highest point in the state with views like no other

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