Hobbs: Van Winkle, Sinking Stream Trails 2011

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[This post was originally published on March 31, 2011 on “A Hiking We Will Go.”]

"Hobbs: Van Winkle, Sinking Stream Trails 2011" photo   This past weekend, we opted for some easier hikes. With cold gray skies overhead and the looming threat of rain, I didn’t want to get too far from my blanket.

I had wanted to check out the Historic Van Winkle Trail at Hobbs State Park, near Rogers, Arkansas, since I had watched a segment about the trail on AETN’s Exploring Arkansas. The trail is very easy and is more interesting for its historical information than for its hiking challenge.

Stuart’s comment was “that was a trail for little girls.” However, after the marathon backpacking challenge from a few weeks ago, that was the perfect level for me.

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Buffalo River Trail: Ponca to Kyles Landing

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[This post was originally published on March 15, 2011 on “A Hiking We Will Go.”]

"Buffalo River Trail: Ponca to Kyles Landing" photo   The Buffalo River Trail (BRT) in the Buffalo National River is a 36.5-mile trail that goes from Boxley to Pruitt. The Buffalo National River was established as a National Park in 1972 and is administered by the National Park Service.

We decided to hike the BRT from Ponca to Kyles Landing, about 10 miles. Camping is allowed in the wilderness, so we broke the hike up and camped one night in the back-country. Dogs are not allowed on the trails, so Buster and Katie had to sit this one out.

We drove up on a Friday afternoon and camped the first night in the Steel Creek campground. Initially, we were going to stay at Lost Valley, but the campsites were so close together and the bathrooms were locked.

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Mount Nebo: Waterfall Photos December 2011

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I had a cool visit to Mt. Nebo State Park with my son and his girlfriend a few weeks ago. I posted here the cell phone video I took of the waterfall. (When flowing, it is located on the Gum Springs Trail, just a little bit below the rim level at the mountain’s south end.)

Here are some photos I took of the waterfall.

"Mount Nebo: Waterfall Photos December 2011" photo
Waterfall at Mount Nebo State Park, Dardanelle, Arkansas
"Mount Nebo: Waterfall Photos December 2011" photo
Underneath the Mount Nebo Waterfall

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Beaver Lake: Dogwood Overlook Trail – 2 mi

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[This post was originally published on April 2, 2011 on “A Hiking We Will Go.”]
"Beaver Lake: Dogwood Overlook Trail   2 mi" photo

The Dogwood Overlook Trail is at the Dam Site Lake Park on Beaver Lake, close to Eureka Springs in northwest Arkansas. The hiking trail is only two miles long, but it is a steep two miles and a little more difficult than the length would indicate.We headed out with the dogs today to check it out.

It was a perfect spring day, with blue skies and just a few clouds here and there. Because it was such a short hike, I opted to go without my backpack, thinking we would not be out very long.

The trailhead is at the overlook by Beaver Dam. There is a long flight of stairs going straight up. Buster was headed up the stairs full steam while Katie was resistant to climbing any of the stairs.

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