Big Bluff Trail (Buffalo River)

Hike Date – September 22 – 23, 2012

DSCN2618After the last hiking attempt, we opted to head out on a dog-free backpacking trip which means enjoying the wonders of the Buffalo National River.  The weather was perfect, no chance of rain…70’s during the day, 50’s at night.

The hike – Centerpoint Trailhead to Big Bluff, camp by the river, see Granny’s cabin and head back the next day.

The hikers – Shelley, Stuart, and Craig

DSCN2620This particular route is about 4 miles out and back.  The crown jewel is the awesome view from Big Bluff.  There is a trail about 300 feet above the river that hugs the side of the bluff leading to a natural rock shelter that overlooks the Buffalo River.  The view is astounding and the acoustics are amazing.  The only trick is overcoming the elevation change, which is approximately 1,200 feet down and then back up. Continue reading Big Bluff Trail (Buffalo River)

Buffalo River Photos Via Buffalo Point 2012

Buffalo River, from overlook by restaurant

Yesterday, I had a very nice visit to the Buffalo Point campground at the Buffalo National River. These are a few photos I took from the campground. Some are from an overlook by the restaurant. The others are down on the river itself.

Buffalo River next to Buffalo Point campground (panoramic)

More photos below the jump. As usual, click photo for larger view. Continue reading Buffalo River Photos Via Buffalo Point 2012

Richland Creek Wilderness Hike (Ozark Forest) 2012

Hike date September 8-9, 2012

Richland Creek Wilderness in the Boston Mountains is managed by the USDA Forest Service.  There is a nearby campground called Richland Creek Campground. The directions on the USDA Forest Service site are the clearest. 0070  I wouldn’t recommend directions from Google Maps.  Our goal on this backpacking trip was to see Richland Falls, Twin Falls, and maybe the Sandcastles.  Alas, it was not meant to be.

DSCN2594Tim Ernst mentions the Richland Creek Wilderness in both the Arkansas Hiking Trails and Ozark Highlands Trail books, which are excellent resources for planning a hike.  We decided to start at Hill Cemetery and hike south to Twin Falls.

This is not an easy spot to find.  The USDA Forestry site mentions the road is not recommended for passenger vehicles.  I wouldn’t recommend it at all, the road is very rough at two spots and appears to be washed out, at the end, there is very limited parking.  After a scouting mission by Stuart and Dan, the decision was made to back the CRV up and head toward Richland Creek Campgrounds. Continue reading Richland Creek Wilderness Hike (Ozark Forest) 2012

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Foggy Misty Photos September 2012

Rim Trail, Mount Nebo State Park

Yesterday afternoon, I hiked the Mount Nebo Rim Trail with my son and his girlfriend. (Mount Nebo State Park is near Russellville, Arkansas.) The Rim Trail is one of my favorite trails because of the many very nice views.

Panoramic view from Rim Trail at the southeast part of Mount Nebo

It was misty, rainy, and/or foggy most of the afternoon, but it was very pretty up on the mountain. Light rain can be wonderful in a forest.

These are some of the photos I took. (More are after the jump.) Click photo for larger view.)

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