Logan County has a wealth of natural and scenic beauty for visitors, including Mount Magazine, the highest point in Arkansas.
The Lodge on Mt. Magazine is due to open in Spring 2006. A beautiful Lodge featuring restaurants, suites, individual cabins and a breathtaking view, is just outside of Paris.Come take a look at our vistas and enjoy our many recreational opportunities.
- Mount Magazine – The highest point in Arkansas is located 16 miles south of Paris on Scenic 309 Byway, rising from the Ozark National Forest at 2,753 feet above sea level. Mount Magazine offers tourists not only the serenity of its natural beauty with scenic overlooks and historical significance, but also provides areas to tourists for camping, picnicking, hiking horseback riding, hang gliding, and rappelling. On a clear day, you can see 40 miles. Arkansas’ newest state park Lodge is slated to open in May of 2006.
- Cove Lake/Mt. Magazine Ranger District – This pristine mountain lake is located along Scenic Byway 309 between Paris and Mt. Magazine State Park, 9 miles from Paris. The developed recreation area offers visitors a variety of outdoor pleasures including swimming, hiking, boating, camping, and fishing. Cove Lake Recreation Area is operated by concessionaire from May 1 to September 15. Concession operations include cabin rentals, paddle boat and canoe rentals, miniature golf course, and food service.
The 100,000 acre Mt. Magazine Ranger District is part of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. Located just south of Paris, the forest provides visitors to Logan County with a multitude of outdoor recreational opportunities.
- Ouachita National Forest – Part of this scenic forest extends into Logan County, making it one of only two counties in the state to include two national forests. Several recreation areas offer scenic camping and swimming.
- Scenic Byway 309 – Designated in 1992, this scenic byway is a fabulous mountain drive from downtown Paris south to Havana. The 26 mile route passes through a mixture of rural communities and forest land of the Mt. Magazine Ranger District. The Byway not only provides visitors with scenic views and access to recreation, it also is a “highway to history.” Mt. Magazine, named from a French word meaning “storehouse”, is a storehouse of history with numerous cultural treasures.
- Blue Mountain Lake – Just north of the Ouachita National Forest, this area on the Petit Jean River has water sports and seasonal hunting opportunities in its surrounding forests.
- Subiaco Abbey and Academy- Established by the Benedictine monks in 1878, this school stretches over the crest of gentle green slopes just east of Paris on State Scenic Highway 22. Facilities include the Subiaco Academy, a world-renowned college preparatory school for boys in grades 9 – 12, Coury Guest House, and the Subiaco Monastery Museum. Visitors are always welcome to tour the grounds at their leisure, or guided tours are available upon request.
- Paris – Logan County Seat, known as the “Gateway to Mount Magazine,” is located at the crossroads of State Scenic Highway 22 and Scenic 309 Byway in the Arkansas River Valley. Crystal-clear lakes and beautiful mountains form the backdrop for this thriving community named for Paris, France. The Paris Historic District and Logan County boast over 25 listings on the National Historic Register, including the Old Paris Jail, site of the last legal hanging in Arkansas, the Logan County Courthouse, and Gill “Rock” Houses. Annual festivals celebrated include the state-renowned Mount Magazine Frontier Day held at the courthouse square, Freedom Fest (4th of July Celebration) and the Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival (at the top of Mount Magazine).
- Shoal Bay – Corps of Engineers Lake Area (Dardanelle) has a boat dock and ramp, group pavilion, swim beach, playground, Bridge Rock Nature Trail, amphitheater, water shows, facilities and camping.Mills-Ahne Bridge – Just north of Scranton, the longest bridge in Arkansas (1 1/2 miles) crosses Lake Dardanelle, an impoundment of the Arkansas River. It is just off I-40 on Highway 109 from Clarksville into Logan County.
- Scenic Highway 22 – This beautiful route takes you by Subiaco Abbey & Academy and other points of interest as it travels west from Dardanelle.
- Ozarks National Forest – Covering more than one million acres, the southernmost portion runs along the Arkansas River Valley south to the Ouachita Mountains.