The Lakeside Trail at Bull Shoals-White River State Park is short but very pretty. The wooded trail starts at the back of a picnic area about a mile east of the south end of the dam. (The campground area is on the west side of the dam.)
It is an easy walk with not much elevation change. There are some nice views of the lake. The best is at an overlook area about halfway through the trail.
A few weeks ago, I was going through the Buffalo National River area and went by the Carver access to the river. It straddles the upper and middle districts of the national park and is a few miles south of Hasty on Highway 123 in Newton County. It is also near the Carver Cemetery.
There also is a primitive campground at the Carver access. (More info here.)
A couple of weeks ago, I stopped for a visit at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, near Mena and had an early evening walk on the Lovers Leap Trail. The most beautiful spot on the trail is the Lovers Leap overlook.
These are some of the photos I took from the Overlook and the trail that evening.
Withrow Springs State Park, in Madison County in Northwest Arkansas, is a pleasant little park with plenty of things for people to do and see.
The park is pretty easy to get to. It is on Highway 23, about 20 miles south of Eureka Springs and 5 minutes north of Huntsville. (So take the opportunity to eat at Granny’s Cafe).
The park is named after Withrow Spring (above). It comes out of a hillside and forms a small creek that flows along the main entrance of the park. There are a lot of little picnic spots along this stretch of creek that are great for a family outing.
The 786-acre park has a swimming pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, a lot of picnic sites, and some really great campsites. There are also three short hiking trails that make up about 4.5 miles of trails. When you go out and back, they can fill a full day of hiking.