8/9/14 Broadwater Hollow

GPS: 36.10500° , 93.26707 Height: Paige Falls: 8′ Broadwater Hollow Falls: 21′ Distance: .6 mile roundtrip. Difficulty: Easy bushwack. Emergency contact: Newton County Sheriff (870)- 446-5124 or Buffalo National River 24 Hour Dispatch 1-888-692-1162. Directions: From the junction of state Hwys 206 and 43 in southwestern Boone County, go SOUTH on Hwy 43 up Gaither…

Crow Hole, Buffalo National River 8/2 and 8/4

The Buffalo National River has a lot of well known access points, but it has some that are not so well known. One of these is Crow Hole. In addition to being an access point, a great swimming hole is here along with a normal fault in Welch Bluff across the river and a spring…

8/2/14 Indian Creek Canyon

GPS Coordinates: (Lat/Lon) Copperhead Falls 13′- 36.02993°,  93.28765° Tunnel Cave and Falls31′- 36.02948°, 93.28757° A GPS device would be helpful, but not necessary. Elevation gain or loss: 1100 feet. Distance: A little more than 5 miles roundtrip. Difficulty: Strenous. Rope may even be required. No dogs allowed on the trails in the Buffalo National River.…

Sunset From Pilot Knob II

An Arkansas sunset seen from Pilot Knob, an outcrop of sandstone in Batavia, AR. The place is getting very littered. I am contemplating a clean-up event. Clearing the trash will probably be a major undertaking, but continued access may depend upon it. So remember, please take only photos and leave only footprints. Happy Trails! PigTrailEric

Pilot Knob

Locally known as Pilot Knob, it is named Kennedy Mountain on USGS Topographic maps. Pilot Knob actually refers to an outcrop of rock on the top. A plane crashed into it long before my time, thus the name. Although it is private property, the owners are kind enough to allow people access, as long as…

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…

Cecil Creek

Cecil Creek in the Buffalo National River park recieves Fitton Spring shortly before joining Cove Creek, and shortly thereafter the Buffalo. This shot is standing looking down Cecil Creek just before Fitton Spring actually joins on the lower end of a low-water slab. I’m on the spring side of the slab. PigTrailEric

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…

Boat Mountain Group II

These five mountains (only four are pictured), the Boat Mountain Group, are kind of special to me. I have spent m whole life living within one mile of the foot of them. Catching a view of all five clearly has been a challenge, one I am going to conquer. Standing roughly eight miles from the…