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Hiking trails in Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas including Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail Pics 2014

Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Toward the end of August last year, I did a hike on the Pigeon Roost Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, the largest state park in Arkansas.

Pigeon Roost is one of the most popular trails in the park. (Check out the trail summary with maps and elevation profile.)

The trail consists of a west loop (Huckleberry), an east loop (Dry Creek), and then a .7-mile starting spur on the east end. The two loops have a .6-mile overlap in the middle.

Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Beaver Lake near the Beaver Lake Overlook on the Pigeon Roost Trail

It’s a 9.4-mile hike if you do the entire figure-8. On this hike, I just did the outer loop (i.e., without the middle overlap) taking it counterclockwise for an 8.2-mile hike. Continue reading Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail Pics 2014

Devil’s Den: Twin Falls Winter Video

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Screen shot of Twin Falls video

In early January I had a cool (and cold) visit to Twin Falls on the Devil’s Den Trail (the cave trail) at Devil’s Den State Park (Washington County). It was great to see both branches flowing well, and I got a kick out of the icicles as well.

Alternate video link.

According to Tim Ernst’s Arkansas Waterfalls, Twin Falls has heights of 47 and 56 feet.

These are some cell videos from several vantage points that I took of the falls that morning (January 4). (See this post for photos I took that morning.)

The video above was taken about 10 feet to the left of the main waterfall.

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Devil’s Den: Twin Falls Winter Pics

Twin Falls at Devil's Den State Park
Icicle-adorned Twin Falls at Devil’s Den State Park. This is the main (left or north) waterfall.

One of the highlights of the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail (also referred to as the “cave trail”) at Devil’s Den State Park is Twin Falls, a scenic double waterfall.

Like many Arkansas waterfalls, you can’t always expect to see a good flow on a particular day. So it was a real treat for me a few weeks ago (January 4) to see the falls with the water flowing well.

An added treat for me that cold morning was that there were quite a few icicles at the falls as well. The temps that morning were in the upper teens.

Twin Falls at Devil's Den State Park
The secondary (south) of the two waterfalls of Twin Falls, Devil’s Den State Park.

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Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail – 9 mi

Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area
Panoramic view from Beaver Lake Overlook on Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is a wonderful place. It covers 12,000 acres and is the largest state park in Arkansas. One of the most popular trails at the park is the Pigeon Roost Trail.

The trail is named for the extinct passenger pigeon which used to roost in this area in massive numbers.

The trail consists of an initial .7-mile spur and two large loops which have a .6-mile overlap. You will first come to the Dry Creek Loop, the eastern loop. The Huckleberry Loop is on the west side.

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Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

If you want to hike the whole thing (as a figure-8), the length is  9.4 miles. If you do just the outer loop, skipping the overlap, that is 8.2 miles. If you want to hike just the Dry Creek Loop, that is a 4.1-mile hike.

The Pigeon Roost Trail is easy to find. It has its own parking area right off of Highway 12.

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