Lake Leatherwood Evening Photos 2013

Lake Leatherwood Evening Photos 2013 photo
Panoramic view of Lake Leatherwood from the west bank

Back in late June, my sweetheart and I were enjoying a trip to Eureka Springs, and we headed down to Lake Leatherwood for a brief visit.

Lake Leatherwood Evening Photos 2013 photo
South end of Lake Leatherwood

Lake Leatherwood is a really cool wilderness park that is owned by the City of Eureka Springs.

These are some photos I took from the Fishing Trail along the west bank of the lake that evening. The Fishing Trail is a short lakeside trail that runs parallel to the Fuller Trail.

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Villines Homestead (Buffalo River) (.5 mi)

Over the past couple of years, the Buffalo River National River folks have been spending a lot of time and money fixing up many of the old homesteads along the river. The Villines Homestead is one that has gotten a lot of attention lately.

Villines Homestead (Buffalo River) (.5 mi) photo
Old barn that remains on the Villines Homestead property

The Homestead was built between 1880 and 1940 and belonged to Jim Villines.  “Beaver Jim,” as he was known, built the cabin when he married his wife, Rachael.  His boyhood home is across the river at the interchange from Highway 43 and the Ponca river access to the Buffalo River.

Villines Homestead (Buffalo River) (.5 mi) photo
Root cellar and outhouse

Getting to the Villines Homestead

Beaver Jim’s adult homestead is easily accessible from the Ponca Buffalo River access. Just head down to the Ponca river access and park on the side of the river you came in on. Cross the old Ponca low-water bridge and then head out on the old road to the left. This is a part of the Buffalo River Trail to Steel Creek. Continue reading Villines Homestead (Buffalo River) (.5 mi)

Fort Smith: Carol Ann Cross Walking Trail Photos 2013

Fort Smith: Carol Ann Cross Walking Trail Photos 2013 photo
Hazel Evans Walking Trail at Carol Ann Cross Park, Fort Smith

Sunday morning, I visited the Hazel Evans Walking Trail at Carol Ann Cross Park in Fort Smith. The walking trail is a .6-mile paved loop that circles the park’s small lake.

Part of the walking trail crosses the dam at the north side of the lake.

Fort Smith: Carol Ann Cross Walking Trail Photos 2013 photo
West-facing panoramic view of the lake and walking path at Carol Ann Cross Park

These are some of the photos I took. (More after the jump. Click photo for larger view.) Continue reading Fort Smith: Carol Ann Cross Walking Trail Photos 2013

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls Trail (Buffalo River) – 5 mi

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls Trail (Buffalo River)  - 5 mi photo
Hemmed-in Hollow Falls, Buffalo National River

Back in early June, I was excited to hike to Hemmed-in Hollow Falls. It is in the Upper District of the Buffalo National River, southwest of Harrison, Arkansas. I took the main trail from the Compton Trailhead.

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls is the tallest waterfall in Arkansas — 209 feet. It also is the longest waterfall between the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains.

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls Trail (Buffalo River)  - 5 mi photo
Vista area on the Hemmed-in Hollow Trail, Buffalo National River (panoramic)

This trail is a tough challenge, but the waterfall is very beautiful. My first attempt at doing the trail back in May was only of limited success. (I finished nearly all of the trail, but ended up going on a spur and inadvertently went to a different waterfall.)

The trailhead is in the community of Compton, about 15 miles southwest of Harrison on Highway 43. When you get to Compton, just follow the “Compton Trailhead” signs.

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