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Arkansas State Parks

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Ouachitas Region
Mount Nebo State Park
Mount Nebo State Park © Bryan Scott Manley
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16728 West State Highway 155
Dardanelle, Arkansas   72834

Phone: 479-229-3655
Reservations: 479-229-3655
Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins and pavilions. The park offers 35 campsites (25 Standard B; 10 Hike-in) [no dump station] and 14 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens.

In addition to the campsites at Mount Nebo State Park, the Park service also operate 14 comfortable cabins with fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces that are available for rent.

Housekeeping cabins are fully furnished with central heat and air conditioning. They have a full kitchen with electric range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, drip coffee maker w/filters, can opener, toaster, mixer, blender, skillets, pots and pans, baking pans, cooking utensils, basic dishes, glasses and silverware. We also furnish kitchen towels, dishcloths, oven mitts, dishwashing soap, mop, broom and dustpan. We provide pillows, blankets, linens, washcloths, iron and ironing board. Beds are queen-size, with the exception of the two bedroom A-Frame, and each cabin has at least one queen-size sleeper sofa, a fireplace or wood burning stove and a 19" TV/VCR combination with indoor antenna. Each cabin has a wooden deck or rock patio with a pedestal grill and picnic table and either a woods' view or mountain view.

Bench Trail BENCH TRAIL : Length: 4 miles : Time: 3 hours : Difficulty: Easy

Description: The Bench Trail begins at the overlook shelter you'll see as you drive up the mountain to the park. There is a narrow shelf called a bench that encircles the entire mountain. In the early 1900s, this bench featured a road. Today the bench is a trail route through a woodland that teems with large trees and wildlife. Fern Lake, remnants of historic springs, and steps that were a part of this early resort development are still visible. The trail is level in most places and offers views from the mountain, especially during seasons from late fall through early spring.

Location: From I-40, take Highway 7 south through Russellville to Dardanelle; turn right onto Highway 22 west, then left on Highway 155 west up the mountain.

RIM TRAIL : Length: 3.5 miles : Time: 2 to 3 hours : Difficulty: Moderate

Description: The 3.5-mile Rim Trail circles the mountain top and provides access to all of the park's 14 miles of trail. Originally blazed in the 1890s, the trail was fully developed by the CCC in the 1930s with the addition of stone steps and retaining walls. Spectacular views spread over 100 miles of the Arkansas River Valley before you, including the 1830s water route of the Trail of Tears and 34,000 acre Lake Dardanelle. Accessibility:at the visitor center and other locations around the mountain Blaze color: yellow

SUMMIT PARK TRAIL : Length: 1 mile : Time: 2 hours : Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous

Description: This loop trail begins at a point on the northwest side of the mountaintop. Named for the Summit Park Hotel, built near the trailhead in 1889, it meanders down to Fern Lake along the same path that it has taken since it was first used by guests of the famous hotel. The Civilian Conservation Corps improved the trail with beautiful native rock work in the 1930s. This trail intersects with the park's Bench Trail near Fern Lake. A self-guided trail brochure can be obtained at the park visitor center.

Location: 7 miles west of Dardanelle on Hwy. 155

Area Attractions
Mount Nebo State Park is one of the Arkansas state parks system's two parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. [NOTE: The other park offering launch sites for hang gliders is Mount Magazine State Park located high atop Arkansas's highest mountain, Mount Magazine, near Paris.]

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 31 Beautiful Park
I had the pleasure of a drive thru visit and everything that I saw made me want to make plans for a stay there
October 19 Good for day trips by Megan
This is a great park, we have small kids and we are able to spend the day there, If you hike this is a GREAT park... many trails to choose and the difficulty varys with each. But camping on the other hand I was disapointed. Perfect day time spot....

Area Campgrounds
Ivys Cove RV Retreat
321 Bradley Cove Road
Russellville , AR

The park is located seven miles west of Dardanelle on Ark. 155. [NOTE: Ark. 155 zigzags and includes hairpin curves. Trailers over 24 ft. should not attempt the climb up Mount Nebo.


Arkansas State Parks