Mt. Magazine, at 2,753 feet, can boast that it is the highest summit in Arkansas. Being less than an hour away from my home, it’s a wonderful getaway even if I only have a few hours to spare. I’m never disappointed when I visit because I can always count on being able to enjoy three things at Mt. Magazine State Park: the views, the flowers, and the wildlife.
The roads that wind through the park lead to overlooks with expansive views of Blue Mountain Lake and the Ouachita Mountains to the south and of the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Mountains to the north. No matter if it’s sunrise…..
..or sunset, these views are phenomenal!
Over 375 species of wildflowers have been identified at Mt. Magazine.
Blooms can be found from early spring until late fall. They can be found on the roadside, on trails, or in the park gardens. What about the winter? Well, it’s a great time to stock up on wildflower seeds for a wildflower garden at home. Seeds and helpful information are available at the visitor center.
Whether hiking, taking a scenic drive, or ambling around the visitor center or lodge, it is very likely that wildlife will be visible. The park is abundant in creatures that are small, such as snails, frogs, birds, chipmunks and squirrels, It is also possible to view some of the larger animals: raccoon, coyote, deer, wild turkey, and yes, the black bear! On a recent trip, we spotted a doe and her two fawn. Momma was a little more camera shy than her babies!
Of course, as in all state parks, visitors are greeted by staff with a warm smile and a willingness to help. This, in addition to the natural treasures that can be discovered, is a great formula for a fantastic trip!