One of my favorite hiking trails is the Bear Hollow Trail at Mount Magazine State Park. The v-shaped trail (about 2.7 miles each way) pretty much follows the v-shaped hollow on the east end of the mountain. The trailhead is at the Benefield picnic area. It ends up near the park’s horse camp.
There are some beautiful views along the trail. The two best are at Sunrise Rock and Inspiration Point.
These are some of the photos I took from a visit there a few weeks ago. (More below the jump. Click photo for larger view.)
Withrow Springs State Park, in Madison County in Northwest Arkansas, is a pleasant little park with plenty of things for people to do and see.
The park is pretty easy to get to. It is on Highway 23, about 20 miles south of Eureka Springs and 5 minutes north of Huntsville. (So take the opportunity to eat at Granny’s Cafe).
The park is named after Withrow Spring (above). It comes out of a hillside and forms a small creek that flows along the main entrance of the park. There are a lot of little picnic spots along this stretch of creek that are great for a family outing.
The 786-acre park has a swimming pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, a lot of picnic sites, and some really great campsites. There are also three short hiking trails that make up about 4.5 miles of trails. When you go out and back, they can fill a full day of hiking.
War Eagle Trail
The most popular hiking trail is the War Eagle Trail. Officially, the trail is only about 1 mile long, but you need to go out and back, so it’s a two-mile round trip.
Today I was in the Russellville (Arkansas) area and decided to go by Mount Nebo State Park. The Mount Nebo Rim Trail is one of my very favorite hiking trails.
Midday today, I had time to walk the east side of the trail (between the visitor center and the campground). It had been mostly cloudy and somewhat foggy when I started, but the clouds and fog were starting to clear out as I was hiking.
These are some of the photos I took. (Click for larger picture. More below the jump.)