Ten of the Best Places to Paddle on National Forests – National Forest Foundation

You would expect the nations first National River to show up on the list of the ten best places to paddle. In 2013, we posted a blog called “14 Best Places to Canoe and Kayak on National Forests.” Two years later, it’s still one of our most popular blogs. We thought we should add a few gems we missed and highlight some of the other best places to paddle on our National Forests. Source: Ten of … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Flooding Information

Below are updates from the National Park Service at Buffalo National River River Closure Lifted as Damage Assessment Continues (December 30, 2015, 11:22) The Buffalo River has receded sufficiently for canoe and kayak use to resume today.  Although a comprehensive damage assessment is still ongoing, all campgrounds with the exception of Tyler Bend and parts of Buffalo Point are open. However, all … [Read more...]

So Cool They Gave It Two Names

Heading back to Little Rock from Eureka Springs we decided to make a full day of it with a short hike to one of the most iconic places in the state. After a little over an hour of driving through the hills and hollows of the Ozarks we came to Cave Mountain Road, just off highway 21. A dirt road that starts beside the Buffalo River in Boxley Valley and heads straight up Cave … [Read more...]

Detour Destinations – Indian Rockhouse Cave

Lisa and I have developed a practice of finding short hikes that can break up long drives. It's become a ritual on drives from Little Rock to Eureka Springs. We try to plan out our lunches to coincide with the hike, normally between 3 or 4 miles total. This started a couple of years ago with a stop at Pedestal Rocks  just off Scenic Highway 7 near Pelsor, Arkansas. On the way home we stopped again … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 1

We often find that holidays are a good time to escape to more secluded parts of Arkansas. Last year we spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. A few years back we took our youngest on her first backpacking trip during that weekend. Each time we do this we are reminded of how thankful we are to live in such a wonderful, diverse state. This Thanksgiving  it would be … [Read more...]

Now This is Hiking Weather

I could never resist the call of the trail. - Buffalo Bill Time to check the hiking boots for dry rot, clean the cob webs out of the backpack, start planning some big hikes. But where to go? Arkansas has some of the best hiking in the country and the trails are not usually very crowded. The evening temps are starting to set up nicely to give us some good fall color (we could use a little rain if … [Read more...]