Mount Nebo State Park - Dardenelle, AR - Arkansas State Parks



16728 West State Hwy. 155
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Welcome to Mount Nebo State Park
Rising 1,350 feet above the mountain valleys of west central Arkansas, majestic Mount Nebo favors visitors with a spectacular view of 34,000-acre Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River, and surrounding mountain ridges. Atop this biblically–named plateau, fringed by the Ozark National Forest, is Mount Nebo State Park. Inhabited since pre-Civil War years, the mountain has always been a favorite vacation spot. During the 1890s, a resort hotel was built to house steamboat passengers on the Arkansas River. These summertime travelers enjoyed the mountain's cooler temperatures, lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking scenery. In 1927, Mount Nebo was designated as a state park. The majority of the trails, cabins, bridges, and pavilions at the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal of the early 1930s. The approach to the summit of Mount Nebo is as breathtaking as the park itself. State Hwy. 155 (paved) zigzags up the eastern side of the mountain. From base to top there are a series of tight hairpin turns. We recommend no trailers or RV's over 24 ft. long attempt the climb. Be sure your vehicle is in good condition, use low gear, and turn off the A/C to avoid overheating. At the Bench Overlook you can stop to enjoy a panoramic view and rest your vehicle. Numerous private residences continue to be maintained on the mountain within the state park. We ask park visitors to respect these private land holdings.

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Ten rustic and five modern A-frame housekeeping cabins located at scenic points around the mountain provide year-round vacation comfort. All-electric kitchens, spacious rooms, fireplaces, linens, and kitchen utensils, plus heating and air-conditioning make these cabins a favorite retreat.

A wooded campground, accommodating up to 24 camping units, is open year-round. All are equipped with tables, grills, water, and electricity. A
modern bathhouse, open year-round, is located in the campground. Registered self-contained camping units may use the sanitary dump station at nearby Lake Dardanelle State Park free of charge. The park also offers 10 hike-in campsites located along the "Bench." These primitive sites may be reached by well-marked access trails (tents only).

A tree-shaded picnic area and playgrounds are located near the swimming pool. Picnic tables and playgrounds are also near both tennis courts. A large, enclosed pavilion (3,000 sq. ft.) may be rented by groups for weddings, family reunions, or meetings. A smaller pavilion, ideally suited for group picnics or birthday parties, is also available for rent.

At the south end of the park is space for activities ranging from tennis courts to a ballfield. Located near the amphitheater are horseshoe pits for your enjoyment year-round. Looking out over the eastern rim of the mountain is a modern swimming pool and bathhouse, generally open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Other Facilities
The park visitor center provides a small store stocked with camping and picnicking needs plus a variety of gift items. If you wish to take a two-wheel tour of the park, bicycles may be rented at the visitor center. Complete shopping, service stations, laundry, restaurants, and medical facilities are located
in nearby towns (off the mountain). NOTE: Campers must register at the visitor center before occupying a campsite. All sites are reservable and may be reserved up to one year in advance. Please call or visit online to check availability. The group pavilions must be reserved before being used (deposit required). Reservations for pavilions and cabins can be made by calling or writing the park. All cabins are reservable up to one year in advance. Please, no pets in the cabins!

One of Mount Nebo’s finest attractions is its unique trail system. Seven trails provide more than l4 miles of hiking pleasure. Some of the trails, built by the CCC, follow the “Bench” around the mountainside. Others lead to the park’s fascinating historical and natural features. Please, for your safety, stay on marked trails. Several historic residences are located within Mount Nebo State Park. These are private homes, even though the trail in some cases passes within a few feet of the dwelling. Please respect the owners' privacy and property.

Year-round interpretive programs offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the geology, For information on Arkansas’ other fine state parks, contact: Arkansas State Parks One Capitol Mall, 4A-900 Little Rock, AR 72201 (501) 682-1191 As a part of its conservation mission, Arkansas State Parks has printed this brochure on recycled paper. All park services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Arkansas State Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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