Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, covering 12,000 acres and the largest state park in the state, is a wonderful natural resource. 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.
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.
You may remember that parts of Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas suffered extensive damage from the April 25, 2011 flooding at the park. (See here and here.) The suspension bridge over Lee Creek was heavily damaged. (See photo below.)
Thankfully, the bridge was repaired (again) last year.
Here are some photos I took in late October of the bridge, the creek, and the fall foliage.
On New Year’s Day, I headed up to Devil’s Den State Park, hoping to get some good waterfall pictures due to recent rain we had in the area. (The waterfall is on the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail aka the cave trail.)
It’s a seasonal waterfall so it doesn’t flow most of the year, especially not when we are in drought conditions.
The water volume that morning turned out to be pretty small, but it was nice to see something flowing. These are some photos I took. (Click for larger view. More below the jump.)
One of the nice things about living here in western Arkansas is being only a short distance to Devil’s Den State Park. My favorite trail at Devil’s Den is the Yellow Rock Trail.
I had two visits to the Yellow Rock Trail in October. On October 6, a pretty day with occasional misty rain, I was heading to Fayetteville for a wedding that evening and stopped by and walked the cave trail and part of the Yellow Rock Trail (to the bluff and back). Then on October 27, my son and I went to the park and also went out to the Yellow Rock bluff.
These are some of the photos I took those two Saturdays. More October 6 and the October 27 photos are below the jump. (Click photo for larger view.)