Butterfield Hiking Trail (Ozark Forest) (15 mi)

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[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.

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Cavanal Hill Profile Video

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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]

Natural Falls State Park: Dripping Springs Video

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Dripping Springs (Natural Falls State Park) – taken with cell phone

Back on March 21, I had a nice visit to Natural Falls State Park, near West Siloam Springs in northeast Oklahoma. The highlight of the park is Dripping Springs (aka Natural Falls), one of the tallest waterfalls in Oklahoma.

Here are three cell phone videos I took of the falls. (The third one is after the jump.)

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