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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

Fern Falls (Ozark Forest)

Fern Falls, Ozark National Forest
Fern Falls, Ozark National Forest

Fern Falls is a quick hike just off of Highway 7 south of Jasper. There is not an official trail here, but the trail to it generally follows some old road traces and thus tends to be fairly easy to follow.

The hike is a bit of a mess after a lot of trees and branches fell during the 2009 ice storm, but we found our way without any problem and got to view a nice waterfall as our reward when we made this hike in April.

Getting to the Trailhead

The trailhead begins 11.4 miles south of the Jasper square on Highway 7. At 11.4 miles, there is a “Historic Highway 7″ sign on the west side of the highway.

There is no official parking area here, but if you can pull off the side of the highway here and find a place to park, that’s the spot.

The trail begins just behind the sign.

The Trail begins just beyond the Scenic 7 Byway Sign south of Jasper.
The Trail begins just beyond the Scenic 7 Byway Sign south of Jasper.
Hiking to the Falls

The trail starts off along an old road and heads down the hill a bit. It’s a fairly well-defined road, so it’s easy enough to follow. Continue reading Fern Falls (Ozark Forest)

Queen Wilhelmina: Lovers Leap Trail – 1 mi

South-east facing view from the Lovers Leap overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Southeast facing view from the Lovers Leap overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Queen Wilhelmina is a wonderful state park that sits on top of Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest mountain in the Ouachita National Forest.

The Ouachita Trail, a 223-mile hiking trail that runs from LeFlore County, Oklahoma, to Pulaski County, Arkansas, runs through the middle of the park.

There also are a couple of short trails in the park. My favorite is the Lovers Leap Trail. It’s a cool wooded 1-mile loop trail at the east end of the park. The trail has some climbing, but it is not very difficult with only about a 250-foot net elevation change.

Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic), Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic), Queen Wilhelmina State Park

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Pedestal Rocks Trail Photos Fall 2014

Awesome rock formation on Pedestal Rocks Trail. This view is from the base of the rock.
Awesome rock formation on Pedestal Rocks Trail. This view is from the base of the rock.

I love walking the Pedestal Rocks Trail in the Ozark National Forest. It has some of the most amazing natural features in Arkansas.

Pedestal Rocks Trail and the Kings Bluff Trail are in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area at the north end of Pope County (close to Newton County) on Highway 16 near the community of Pelsor.

Pedestal Rocks Trail is a 2.3-mile semi-loop hike that has some climbing, but it is not all that challenging. (See the full trail summary here.)

Panoramic shot of pedestal rocks and bluff on Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Panoramic shot of pedestal rocks and bluff on Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest

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