Arkansas Opens Park Lodge, Cabins Atop Highest Peak

April 30, 2006 - Posted at 1:19 p.m. CST

PARIS, Ark. (AP) _ Mount Magazine State Park opens its 33

million dollar lodge and cabins tomorrow. Already, the 60-room

lodge and 13 cabins are booked for opening day.

Governor Huckabee and first lady Janet Huckabee beat the crowd

by staying two nights last week in the largest cabin. It comes with

a kitchen, a washer and dryer, wireless Internet connection,

satellite television, a hot tub, a wood-burning fireplace, and a

deck overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley and Blue Mountain


The park is two-thousand-753 feet above sea level -- Arkansas'

highest point. Besides a spectacular view, visitors can enjoy a

long list of outdoor activities. The list includes hang-gliding,

hiking, horseback riding, boating, and nature walks.

Lodge rates range from 79 dollars for a standard room on a

winter weekday to 199 dollars for a suite with a fireplace and

balcony on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year, except in the


The cabins sleep two to six people and range in price from 149

dollars a night to 429 dollars a night. The park is located on

Scenic Highway 309, about 17 miles south of Paris.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)