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 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→
The Koen Interpretive Trail is short trail that is both easy to get to and easy to hike.
The trail is in the Henry R. Koen Experimental Forest, an 800-acre research forest in the Buffalo National River area that is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It was created in 1950 with the goal of studying plant life in the south Ozarks and understanding sustainability of the forests in the area.