Monday, March 25, 2019

Magazine Mountain, ARKANSAS (State High Point #30), 3/21/2019

Magazine Mountain - Signal Hill, Arkansas (2,753'), March 21, 2019.

MileageDrive up and .6 mile hike to summit.

Directions to highpoint: (from The highpoint is within Mt. Magazine State Park, Paris, AR.  From Little Rock, take I-40W to Russellville, then Route 7 south to Rt 27 south to Rte 10 west to Route 309 north.  The area is well signed.

My friend Sandy and I were in the area and decided to do a highpointing road trip (which included highpoints in Arkansas and three other states).  Magazine Mountain in Arkansas was first on our route. Signal Hill refers to the area on Magazine Mountain where the highpoint is located.  

We rented a car and drove up from Little Rock (about a two hour's drive).  The mountain is a massive plateau seen for miles - we were at least 45 minutes away when we spotted it. We arrived hungry and had a wonderful lunch at the lodge. The restaurant offers stunning views of the Ozark Mountains.   

Entrance to the park
View across from the entrance sign.

The lodge has hotel rooms and a restaurant.

Patio at the lodge - views of the Ozarks.

We didn't spend a lot of time researching our highpoints for this trip and I was a bit surprised that the actual summit is viewless.  

From the lodge, the hike to the summit is .6 miles.

Moderate path up.

Once reaching the top and waiting in line for a photo (busy place), we headed back down to enjoy the views at the lodge.

USGS marker in the center of the summit area.

We'd planned to spend more time hiking around the mountain but simply ran out of time.  On to Louisiana! (Click here for LA trip report.)

For more information on hiking in Mt. Magazine State Park, click here.  And here.