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Arkansas Hiking Trails
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative Arkansas hiking websites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on Arkansas hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Bona Dea Trails US Army Corps of Engineers Rec Area near Russellville. Site has rules, regulations, and lists six trails (yes, it names them, and gives mileage...and that's all). Site is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
- Butterfield Hiking Trail Devil's Den State Park, near Winslow, Arkansas. Trip report of a group backpack on this 14.5 deal. Interesting read if you're planning to do this one. Site by the Texins Outdoor Club.
- Buffalo River the "Takahik" hiking club. Site now up and running nicely. If you're near Russellville, you may want to check this group out.
- Eagle Rock Loop Trail 26.5 mile trip in the Albert Park Recreation Area, in the Ouachitas. Site includes location, description, information.
- General This is the Trailmonkey's Arkansas Map page. National Forests, Hot Springs, Buffalo River. Not Trailmonkey's best page, but a quick and trusted link if you want any of these maps.
- General -- Camping Info Here are some lessons on camping safety to keep you safe and sound in the Arkansas forests, written by Amanda Goliano on the "About Little Rock" website.
- General -- Little Rock Hiking Club Little Rock is home to the Emerald Park Hiking Club...looks like a friendly group, worth getting involved with, check it out.
- General -- Ouachita Mountain Hiking Club Founded in 1986, OMH now has over 175 members, primarily from the Hot Springs area, but spreading across Arkansas and two other states. Group hikes twice weekly, in areas such as Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas State Parks, Hot Springs Village, Ouachita National Recreation Trail, and Ouachita National Forest. OMH also plans monthly overnight trips visit trails in the Ozarks, Buffalo National River and nearby states. Good group of people.
- General -- High Points A laundry list of Arkansas high points, Signal Hill, about 100 others, on the America's Roof website.
- General the "Takahik" hiking club. This is a repeat of the link above; listed here for the excellent wealth of information provided. You ought to click this link.
- Hemmed-In Hollow breathtaking scenery along the Buffalo National River in No. Arkansas. This personal webpage by K. Bridgman blends an excellent narrative with information and photos.
- Ouachita National Recreation Trail This is the "Friends of the Ouachita Trail" site. The "FoOT" is a group of trail users who help out with maintenance and generally champion the cause of the 223-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
- Ouachita National Recreation Trail the trail begins at Talimena State Park on U.S. Hwy. 271 near Talihina, Oklahoma. The eastern boundary is south of Perryville, Arkansas on Hwy. 9. Another 32 miles of trail, located on private and other public lands, extends to Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 15 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas. Elevations range from 600 to 2,600 feet as the trail passes through forested mountains, across sweeping valleys and near clear-running streams. This is the Feds official website.
- Ozark Mountains brief descriptions, trailhead directions, mileage, est. hiking times, etc. for about 15 of the most popular dayhikes in the Ozarks. A little unconventional page setup; has a laundry list of hikes and descriptions and then -- way down at the bottom -- has links to some interesting trip reports on most of the hikes. Good site, the "barefoot traveler."
- State Park Hiking Trails here's a comprehensive page on the ArkansasStateParks.com website. Lists virtually all the key hiking trails for each state park under the headings of easy, moderate, or strenuous. Clicking on the individual hikes goes to specific pages with maps, descriptions, etc. Well done, a must-bookmark.
- Twin Lakes Area brief descriptions of the half dozen key trails in this region. Not much details, good for basic info.
Rock Me Back to Little Rock
A little-known trivia item is that Arkansas is actually home to the first -- truly the first -- National Park in the USA. The Park Service talks circles around this undeniable fact, on the technicality that it wasn't under the control of their vaunted bureaucracy. But, Hot Springs was set aside by Congress as "a national park" in 1832, some 40 years prior to Yellowstone. Since it didn't join the National Park Service "system" until many years later, it doesn't get the deserved recognition as our first National Park.
Arkansas seems like such a simple little state. Find your way past the crops, and how hard could it be to sort out the hiking trails, right? Well, I've made a few visits, and spent quite a bit of time spinning my wheels. I won't make the same mistake on future visits, armed with
Arkansas Hiking Trails: A Guide to Seventy-Eight Selected Trails in the Natural State by Tim Ernst. It has something for everyone, from nature loops to multi-day backpacks, each being among the "must-do" hikes in Arkansas. As if that weren't enough, it comes with a very moving recommendation from Arkansas' favorite son. The link takes you to amazon.com, where you might find a used copy -- if you're lucky.
Rock Me Back to Little Rock...Score 7 out of 10 on the slackpacker trivia scale if you know who sang that song...score 10 out of 10 if you know it and you were born after 1970, which just happens to be the year Jan Howard put that song on the Country charts.
Jan Howard was one of those under-appreciated country female vocalists in the era of the "girl singer." Every prominent male vocalist had a "girl singer" on tour with him...only Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette were big enough to tour on their own, back in the day. Barbara Mandrell spent some torturous years as David Houston's "girl singer," a fact that was glossed over in the movie about her life. Dolly Parton was employed by Porter Waggoner, until it became painfully obvious that her star shone more brightly. Now, if you know that Jan Howard was Whispering Bill Anderson's "girl singer," give yourself a pat on the back.
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