Parker-Hickman Homestead (Buffalo River)

Parker-Hickman Homestead (Buffalo River) photo

One of the many interesting aspects of the Buffalo National River area is that it gives you glimpses into the lives of early settlers of the area.

Because so much of the area is unspoiled, there are a host of old homestead sites that remain in their original state.

One of the best-preserved areas is the Parker-Hickman Homestead, near the Erbie Campground in the Upper District.

The homestead was built between 1847 and 1849 by Alvin and Greenbury Parker.

Parker-Hickman Homestead (Buffalo River) photo

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Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail – 4 mi

Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail - 4 mi photo
Caddo Bend Trail, on south side of peninsula (and facing south), Lake Ouachita State Park

Back in mid-November, I had my first visit to Lake Ouachita State Park, near Hot Springs, Arkansas, and I hiked the 4-mile Caddo Bend Trail. It was a great hike. Perfect weather, beautiful fall foliage, great lake views, and a nice variety of terrain from hilly to relatively level.

The trail mostly follows the perimeter of a peninsula on the east side of the lake. It was severely damaged by the April 25, 2011 tornado which struck the park. The tornado knocked down nearly all the trees on about one-third of the peninsula. It was nearly a year before the trail was reopened.

Lake Ouachita: Caddo Bend Trail - 4 mi photo
Panoramic shot of Lake Ouachita (facing west) from the west end of the peninsula

When you walk the trail, it’s obvious that a lot of work had to be done to make it accessible in the tornado-cleared areas. (See story at this link.)

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Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest) Photos January 2013

Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest) Photos January 2013  photo
Panoramic shot from vista on Tall Peak Trail, Ouachita National Forest

As I mentioned here, last weekend I went to the Tall Peak Trail which starts at Shady Lake, in the Ouachita National Forest, southeast of Mena, Arkansas.

Due to getting a late start, I only did about half of the trail that day.

Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest) Photos January 2013  photo
Saline River, Tall Peak Trail (panoramic)

These are some photos I took that day. Most are of the very scenic first part of the trail along the Saline River. (Click for larger photo.) Continue reading Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest) Photos January 2013