Brushy Creek Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 7 mi

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View from vista near Ouachita Trail MM 93 on Big Brushy Loop Trail.

In late October, I hiked the Brushy Creek Loop Trail in the Ouachita National Forest. It was a great hike.

This is a 6.5-mile loop which begins at the Big Brushy Campground, about 30 miles east of Mena, Arkansas. The trail begins at the back of the campground and makes a counterclockwise loop. The last 3 miles of the loop are on Section 4 of the Ouachita Trail.

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Big Brushy Creek, Ouachita National Forest

This was a great fall day for a hike. The temperatures in the upper 60’s and low 70’s were pleasant, it had just rained the previous evening, and it was overcast most of the day. There was also some cool fall foliage.

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Hawksbill Crag Trail (Ozark Forest) – 3 mi

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Hawksbill Crag (aka Whitaker Point) is one of the most recognizable and photographed points in Arkansas. It’s a very beautiful spot as well.

Fortunately, it is not that difficult to find.

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Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, Ozark National Forest

Hawksbill Crag is in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area of the Ozark National Forest, about 30 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas.

The Hawksbill Crag Trail (aka Whitaker Point Trail) is about 1.5 miles each way (for a total hike of 3 miles). It is not difficult walk although there is some climbing on the way back. The total elevation change is about 300 feet.

As with many beautiful areas in Arkansas, it can be very dangerous near the bluffs or on the crag. Be extremely careful.

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Lake Leatherwood Beacham Trail Photos 2011

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Spillway on Lake Leatherwood Dam

These are some photos I took back in October when I went with my son and his girlfriend to the Lake Leatherwood, near Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

We walked on the Beacham Trail around the lake. The trail goes right across Lake Leatherwood Dam.

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Lake Leatherwood Dam, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

A nice feature of walking at Lake Leatherwood is that there are no motorboats. It was a nice day for walking out at the lake.

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Mount Nebo: Waterfall Video December 2011

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About a week ago, I went out to Mount Nebo State Park and was very excited to see the waterfall flowing well.

The seasonal waterfall is located just a little bit below the rim level at the south end of the mountain. The easiest way to get to it is to go down the Gum Springs Trail.

Here is some video I took of the waterfall with my cell phone.


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