Leave No Trace

We’ve all seen this. We’ve all been there. You make the trek into a spot only to find it trashed by the local youth and the uninformed adults. A recent trip to a little spot on Crooked Creek right beside the First National Bank Soccer Complex in Harrison,AR, showed me that there isn’t enough talk…

Fitton Spring and Batesville Sinkhole

GPS Coordinates: Fitton Spring- 36°05.273N 93°14.001W Batesville Sinkhole- 36°04.782N 93°14.430W Springs and sinkholes. These features are commonly encountered on hikes in the Arkansas Ozarks. These features are associated with karst topography. Karst topography is a term used to.describe a landscape underlain with soluble sedimentary rock such as limestone, gypsum, and dolomite. The soluble rock erodes…

Arkansas Rarities: Royal Catchfly

6/23/14 Baker Prairie Natural Area Dark clouds filled with rain loomed in the western Arkansas sky as the sun cast its golden rays through a patchwork of broken clouds. There was a very slight breeze as I pulled up to Baker Prairie Natural Area to start my search. For about the fourth time in a…

Baker Prairie Natural Area June 2014

Baker Prairie Natural Area, the remaining 71 of 5,000 acres, is the largest known remnant of unplowed native grasslands occurring on a chert substrate in Arkansas. More than 90% of all native grasslands in Arkansas have been destroyed, the land going towards development or agricultural uses. Land isn’t the only rare thing to be found…

5/31/14 Liles Falls Arkansas Trails Day

Saturday was Arkansas Trails Day, and even though I was a little short on time, I got a short hike in to see a nice waterfall. Even though there wasn’t a whole lot of water, it was nice because to me it’s a pretty spot anyway. And the drive in was great too because Hwy…

Trails Days 2014

Saturday 5/31/14 is Arkansas Trails Day, celebrating the wealth and diversity of trails and trail types in Arkansas. Its counterpart, National Trails Day is 6/7/14. Info on events in Central Arkansas can be found at Arkansas Trails Council. Don’t live in central Arkansas? That’s okay. Pick one of the many trails The Natural State has…

5/18/14 Smith Creek Nature Preserve

The Smith Creek Nature Preserve is 1,226 acres of pristine Arkansas Ozarks scenery. It was made possible when the land owners, Marty and Elise Roenigk (who also owned the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs), gave the land to the Nature Conservancy in 2004. In 2005 in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , which…