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.

Hot Springs Grand Promenade Pics 2013 photo
South end of the Grand Promenade. (Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center shown at left.)

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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

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013 photo
Hemmed-in Hollow Falls, Buffalo National River

Today, I got to hike to Hemmed-in Hollow Falls in the Buffalo National River, about 20 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas. I made the trek via the main trail from the Compton Trailhead.

At 209 feet, the waterfall is the tallest in Arkansas (and the highest between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains).

Hemmed-in Hollow is a fascinating spot. It is walled in on three sides with (during wet season) the waterfall at the center.

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013 photo
Panoramic shot from under the waterfall

I hope to get a review of my hike posted soon. In the meantime, here are some photos I took today. (More below the jump. Click for larger view.) Continue reading Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013

Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) – .5 mi

Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) - .5 mi photo
Koen Interpretive Trail trailhead

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.

Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) - .5 mi photo
Koen Interpretive Trail

The Koen Interpretive Trail is a short, .25-mile loop through the Koen Interpretive Forest. There are also couple of short spur trails here that connect the different sides of the loop. If you take them all, it will be about .4 miles total. Continue reading Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) – .5 mi