The View From Pilot Knob

The Boat Mountan Group, outliers of the Boston Mountains as seen from Pilot Knob in Batavia, AR. From the left: Pilot, Boat, Sulphur with two peaks and a saddle in between, and the little one peering outvfrom behind Sulphur is Pinnacle. The fifth of the group, Fodderstack, is out of sight behind the ridge in…

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…

Lost Valley

No Arkansas spring is complete without a visit to Lost Valley in the Buffalo National River. It is truly one of the most impressive wildflower displays in the state. I got lucky enough to visit twice this spring. Thank goodness anytime is the right time to visit Lost Valley. With waterfalls, two caves, a natural…

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…