Withrow Springs: War Eagle Trail Snow Photos 2013

On a semi-snowy day in February, I stopped by the War Eagle Trail at Withrow Springs State Park, near Huntsville, Arkansas.

Withrow Springs: War Eagle Trail Snow Photos 2013 photo
War Eagle Trail, Withrow Springs State Park (panoramic, facing east)

It had been snowing on and off that day, but the temperatures were slightly above freezing in the afternoon. So there was only limited snow remaining on and sticking to the ground.

Still, the somewhat snow-covered War Eagle Trail scenery (War Eagle Creek, the shelf rock, the woods and countryside) was very pretty.

Withrow Springs: War Eagle Trail Snow Photos 2013 photo
War Eagle Trail on the right, next to War Eagle Creek (panoramic)

These are some of the photos I took that late afternoon. (More below the jump.) Continue reading Withrow Springs: War Eagle Trail Snow Photos 2013

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls Video (Buffalo River)

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls Video (Buffalo River) photo
Video Screen Shot of Hemmed-in Hollow Falls

I was excited back on June 2 to be able to be able to see Hemmed-in Hollow Falls when there was plenty of water flowing. (See trail summary here.)

Hemmed-in Hollow is in the Upper District of the Buffalo National River, near Compton in Newton County, Arkansas. It is the tallest waterfall in Arkansas.

These are three cell videos that I took of the 209-foot waterfall that day. Continue reading Hemmed-in Hollow Falls Video (Buffalo River)

Hot Springs Grand Promenade Pics 2013

Hot Springs Grand Promenade Pics 2013 photo
Panoramic shot of one of the overlooks on the Grand Promenade, Hot Springs National Park

The Grand Promenade is an awesome half-mile brick walking path in Hot Springs National Park. It runs parallel to (and behind) Bathhouse Row from Reserve Street to Fountain Street, next to the Arlington Hotel.

The main post about the Promenade is here.

These photos are all ones I took in June 2013.

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South end of the Grand Promenade. (Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center shown at left.)

Continue reading Hot Springs Grand Promenade Pics 2013

Smith Creek Nature Preserve: QuiVaLa Elise Falls – 2 mi

Smith Creek Nature Preserve: QuiVaLa Elise Falls - 2 mi photo
QuiVaLa Elsie Falls

[This post was originally published on April 30, 2013 in the blog “Exploring Northwest Arkansas.”]

QuiVaLa Elise Falls is tucked away in the Smith Creek Nature Preserve, just south of Boxley in Newton County, Arkansas.

The preserve is managed by the Nature Conservancy and encompasses 1,226 acres, including Smith Creek, which flows into the Buffalo River near Boxley. It sits atop Sherfield Cave, home of the largest colony of Indiana bats in Arkansas.

Last week, was my first visit to this area, and I was pleasantly surprised. The parking area and trailhead are tucked away just off of Highway 21, and in previous drive-by’s it didn’t look well developed or maintained. But once you get to the parking area, there are several well-developed trails — more than we were expecting. So we’re already planning our next trip back to the area. Continue reading Smith Creek Nature Preserve: QuiVaLa Elise Falls – 2 mi