Presently, Beach Point Campground is closed for renovations, but Lone Pine Campground and Maple Flat Campground are open.In a recent Helena Daily World article, MRSP Superintendent John Morrow said that Phase I of the park development is expected to be completed by 2015. When completed, the highlights of the park will include Storm Creek Lake, Bear Creek Lake, and the confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers.
When my kids and I were on a short vacation in Eureka Springs a few weeks ago, we hiked two of the trails at Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I really enjoyed the Miner’s Rock Trail.
Miner’s Rock Trail is named for the Miner’s Rock, a unique geological rock formation. (Read more about the Miner’s Rock here(pdf).) The trail runs nearly three miles from the south (main) trailhead (where there is parking) to the north trailhead. It is about 3.7 miles if you make a loop walking back along the road to where you started.
Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a cool place for hiking with a variety of trail types. One of the easier trails is the Beacham Trail which makes a loop around the lake without much up-and-downhill climbing.
The beginning of the trail (if, like me, you start heading north from the main trailhead by the playground) is not that exciting. This section is just a pretty flat old road without any good views of the lake.
But then, before you finish the first mile, you hit the lake dam. The Beacham Trail then follows the pedestrian crossing along the 600-or-so-foot length of the dam. Crossing the dam is really cool with awesome views of the lake on one side and an amazing view of spillway waterfalls on the other.
The U.S. Forest Service has announced that most of the trails that were closed following the June 11 flash flood tragedy at the Albert Pike Recreation Area campground have been reopened. While a portion of the Little Missouri Trail in the campground area is still closed, a detour for the trail has been designated. (See pdf map at this link.)The campground still remains closed.