Map: America’s Best Long Trails – Backpacker

Two of these trails are primarily in Arkansas, have you hiked any parts of them? Creating a thru-hike-worthy trail ranks as one of the hardest challenges in the outdoors. It takes decades to wrangle government agencies, assemble trail crews, raise money, and establish an organization that will maintain the trail. It’s a wonder we have any long trails at all. Yet not only do we have long trails, … [Read more...]

Sleeping Under the Stars: Overnight Hikes in Arkansas

If you're dreaming of getting outside when the weather warms, why not dream of sleeping under the stars on an overnight or multi-day hike. There are plenty of trails in Arkansas with enough mileage for an exciting expedition that could be tame enough for families or adventurous enough for seasoned backpackers. I admit, I've been dreaming of campfires lately. Backpacking or sometimes just car … [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...]

Frost Flowers

A friend of mine shared this photo with me. I first noticed "frost flowers" during a stay at White Rock Mountain in late fall a few years ago. Lisa and I stayed in one of the very rustic cabins with no heat besides a fireplace. Shortly after arriving, we took a short hike on the Ozark Highlands Trail below the top of the mountain, enjoying the crisp air and smell of the forest that was starting to … [Read more...]