Shores Lake/White Rock Loop Adventure (Ozark Forest)

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.DSCN2091

So our first summit attempt has failed, but we will be back!

Unplanned Side Trip

Shores Lake is in the Ozark National Forest, northeast of Fort Smith. A friend had mentioned that we should check out the Lake Fort Smith State Park visitor center if we were going to be in the area, and although we had a late start on Saturday, I had convinced hubby this was a good idea. Continue reading Shores Lake/White Rock Loop Adventure (Ozark Forest)

Butterfield Hiking Trail (Ozark Forest) (15 mi)

[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.]

DSCN1672The 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.

It’s a popular trail for backpacking. Most people spend one night on the trail, but we opted to spend two nights. The weather was awesome, and since we went mid-week, the trail was not busy. Continue reading Butterfield Hiking Trail (Ozark Forest) (15 mi)

Cavanal Hill Profile Video

Cavanal Hill, Poteau, Oklahoma

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.

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[Updated: 2012-04-23]