Dardanelle offers a variety of overnight options; cabins atop Mt Nebo, camping at Lake Dardanelle State Park or Economy Inn Motel conveniently located near Wal-Mart. Vacation rentals are also available thru VRBO, HomeAway.com, Inc.
Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo and take visitors to the awe-inspiring Sunrise and Sunset Points, perfect places to take in the view. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the 4 1/2-mile Bench Trail is a fairly level route along a natural terrace that encircles Mount Nebo. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you’ll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family’s first mountain biking adventure. If you’re interested in camping, you can choose from primitive campsites located at intervals along the Bench Trail, or stay in the park campground.
Petit Jean Mountain
Petit Jean State Park is known for its cluster of country lodges built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s. The most iconic is surely the Mather Lodge, which hides up on the ridges atop Cedar Creek Canyon. There, you can settle in for hearty Arkansas fare or just wonder at the rustic architecture that’s been preserved the timber-clad exterior and rough-stone walls make it something of a living museum. Natural sights like the Cedar Falls and the sculpted sandstone boulders of Bear Cave are all within hiking distance of that. Dardanelle is centrally located and offers many lodging choices within a short drive of the city.
Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Magazine State Park is on the State’s tallest Mountain, the 2753ft Mount Magazine. Sweeping vistas of broad river valleys, deep canyons, and distant mountains welcome outdoor enthusiasts to Arkansas’s highest point. The park’s 60-room mountain lodge and 13 cabins carry forward the lodging tradition that has been part of the recreational legacy of Mount Magazine since 1900. Gracing the mountain’s south bluff, these first-class facilities offer sweeping views of the Petit Jean River Valley and distant Blue Mountain Lake below.