Memorial Day weekend we headed out for a backpacking trip on the Shores Lake/White Rock Loop with the best intentions for a two-night trip to one of the most scenic hikes in Arkansas. Unfortunately, this time our hike had some unplanned difficulties that caused us to turn back after our first night.
So our first summit attempt has failed, but we will be back!
[This post was originally published March 19, 2011 on “A Hiking We Will Go.” In April 2011, there was significant flooding in the park, documented in Mike’s posts here and here.]
The Butterfield Hiking Trail is a 15-mile loop with the trailhead in Devil’s Den State Park near West Fork, Arkansas. The state park is located next to the Ozark National Forest. Ten miles of the trail run the national forest.
Cavanal Hill is in Poteau, in Southeast Oklahoma. It is promoted as the “tallest hill in the world.”
The U.S. Geological Survey refers to it as “Cavanal Mountain” and notes that its elevation is 2,385 feet.
If you ever visit Poteau, you can’t miss Cavanal Hill. It is by far the most prominent natural feature of the surrounding area. In fact, it is easily viewable from many parts of Fort Smith, about 25 miles away.
Although I have been in and through Poteau many times, I have never been up on Cavanal Hill. My understanding is there are not any trails going up the mountain. Please send me a line if I am incorrect on that.
This is a short video from Discovery Oklahoma with some more information about Cavanal Hill.