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The Elk are waiting at Buffalo River

March 31st, 2011

Time to think about the great outdoors. And where else to enjoy the outdoors than down on the Buffalo River in Arkansas located just a short jaunt from Eureka Springs. Buffalo River National State Park contains massive limestone bluffs with canoeing available on one of the few rivers remaining that is without a dam. It has the longest cave in Arkansas (Fitton) and one of the tallest wet weather waterfalls in the Midwest (Hemmed in Hollow).

Buffalo River has the only elk herd in Arkansas. The free-flowing river meanders through the heart of the Ozarks for 150 miles and has both swift-moving and calm stretches. There are bluffs, woodlands, protected wilderness areas, nature watching opportunities and over 100 miles of hiking trails.

If you travel by motorcycle, the weather is warming up to great bike riding temperatures and traveling the roads are a treat themselves.

Photo Credit: Thanks to NPCA Photos for the great shot of an Elk on the Buffalo River.

Learn basic back country hiking, Hobbs State Park, AR

May 24th, 2010

Last year we stopped at Hobbs State park to see the new visitor center that had opened up. Hobbs is only about 20 minutes from Eureka Springs, AR. We were impressed with the center as well as what they had done with the state park area. While we were there we noticed they were offering guided tours by the park rangers as well as some classes. Below we have listed one class we are considering ourselves (at least the hiking part of it). We may have to wait until the tourist season slows down before we can make it, but we think living in Northwest Arkansas, this would be an excellent class.

About the park the states website says, “The park’s 17,531-square-foot visitor center opened on May 27, 2009. This $4.5 million, state-of-the-art facility features Ozark focused exhibits including interactive kiosks, classroom space, a retail sales area, and the park’s administrative offices. WI-FI wireless Internet access is provided in the visitor center.”

The ‘Basic Back Country Hiking and Camping Training’ being offered is a one-day training session on the fundamentals of back country hiking and camping given at Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 from 10 AM until 3 PM. This basic training is for all age groups. Examples of topics to be covered are: The joys of back country hiking; basic camping; how to pack and carry needed supplies and equipment; how to select a camp site; how to set up a camp site; basic map and compass skills; how not to get lost; proper dress and layering; how to build a fire and cook meals; basic safety and survival knowledge; plus Leave No Trace Ethics. The course is designed for those with little or no camping experience. Cost: $25/adult and $10/12-17 yrs. Call the park office for reservations at 479-789-5000.

If you take the class, what better way to relax than with a massage and stay at a bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs, AR.

Romantic Getaways at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast, Eureka Springs, Arkansas