Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail Fall Photos 2011

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View from Dill Point, North Rim Trail (Click photos for larger view.)

Autumn is a great time of year for hiking. The temperatures are much more pleasant than in the summer, and nature puts on a great show of color.

Here are some fall photos I took in late October at the North Rim Trail at Mount Magazine State Park.

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North Rim Trail, Mount Magazine State Park

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Lake Leatherwood Dam Spillway Video              

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Back in October, I went with my son and his girlfriend to Lake Leatherwood near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We walked the Beacham Trail, the trail that makes a loop around the lake.

The coolest part of the hike is probably walking across the 1940’s-era limestone dam.This is some cell phone video I took of the spillway water flowing down the back side of the dam.

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Brushy Creek Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 7 mi

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View from vista near Ouachita Trail MM 93 on Big Brushy Loop Trail.

In late October, I hiked the Brushy Creek Loop Trail in the Ouachita National Forest. It was a great hike.

This is a 6.5-mile loop which begins at the Big Brushy Campground, about 30 miles east of Mena, Arkansas. The trail begins at the back of the campground and makes a counterclockwise loop. The last 3 miles of the loop are on Section 4 of the Ouachita Trail.

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Big Brushy Creek, Ouachita National Forest

This was a great fall day for a hike. The temperatures in the upper 60’s and low 70’s were pleasant, it had just rained the previous evening, and it was overcast most of the day. There was also some cool fall foliage.

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Hawksbill Crag Trail (Ozark Forest) – 3 mi

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Hawksbill Crag (aka Whitaker Point) is one of the most recognizable and photographed points in Arkansas. It’s a very beautiful spot as well.

Fortunately, it is not that difficult to find.

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Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, Ozark National Forest

Hawksbill Crag is in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area of the Ozark National Forest, about 30 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas.

The Hawksbill Crag Trail (aka Whitaker Point Trail) is about 1.5 miles each way (for a total hike of 3 miles). It is not difficult walk although there is some climbing on the way back. The total elevation change is about 300 feet.

As with many beautiful areas in Arkansas, it can be very dangerous near the bluffs or on the crag. Be extremely careful.

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