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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  • The walking trails are wonderful, and there are plenty of overlooks to stop your car and enjoy the views. Hardy Falls wasn't flowing, but it was very enjoyable.  more »
  • There are multiple overlooks to view the mountains from different areas. There is a lodge and cabins to rent. If you get a cloudy day it will almost settle on the mountain with you. The views here...  more »
  • Mount Magazine never fails to inspire and stir one inside. The trails are plentiful and fair walking . The views are always breathtaking. The fall colors viewed from Cameron Bluff are definite telephoto lens material! This last journey was made right in the middle the walking sticks mating weird. Everything on top of the mountain needs your help, so please be safe and clean... And donate if you can.
  • Mt Magazine state park is the standard by which all public access parks should be judged. There are facilities and activities for all ages. The Lodge at Mt Magazine is first rate and a great place for a weekend vacation. If you enjoy hiking and horse back riding this is also your go to place. Only Hobbs State park in AR is any comparison to Mt Magazine. The views are amazing; plus Magazine Mountain is the highest point between the Appalachian Mts and the Rockies. Put it on your “to visit” list.

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