(drooling, slightly green with envy) wow, hope you have tons of fun enjoying those trails and walks and such. all the best to you and be safe. i gotta add that to my "destination america" list of vacation possibilities. wow.
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Fitness Minutes: (27,075) Posts: 2,749 4/27/08 10:43 P
The Ozarks are in the Northwest corner of Arkansas. They are just north of I-40, as you can see from the map at the first link below. Some of the most dramatic areas for bluffs and rock formations are closer to the headwaters of the Buffalo River. The second link is to a site established by Tim Ernst, one of our local hiking and photography enthusiasts. He is actually a professional nature photographer, so please excuse that his site is commercial. But, he has written many hiking books that have become the books we locals put in the zip-lock bag and take on the trails. They are simply the best way to decide where to hike in this area.
I have been to his home, which he calls Cloudland, high above the Buffalo River Valley. Although the Ozarks are not high "mountains" by many standards, they are unique in that they were formed eons ago by water acting on a plateau. If you have time, scroll down to the next-to-last row in the Ernst site and click on "Buffalo River Wilderness book Gallery". The cover shot shows someone hanging by one hand from a place called Hawksbill Crag. This is a great day-hike, and we have stood on this spot.
I don't know a lot about Arkansas. In fact, most of what I've seen is I-40, but I'd love to see the Ozarks. What area of the state are they located in and how far from I-40? That might make a nice side trip if we drive back to the southwest sometime (although we usually fly now since it's cheaper with the price of gas).
Cindy "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." Edward Abbey www.flickr.com/photos/cindymccrary/s ets/
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Fitness Minutes: (2,015) Posts: 605 4/26/08 12:28 P
Good morning everyone. My husband and I are one-week members of SP, and have found it to be an inspiring site. We're wanting to lose lots of weight, shape-up, and get back into hiking (maybe even backpacking). At this point, we have a long way to go. We have two senior whippets who love to walk with us, but one has had double ACL surgeries on his hind legs, so we don't push him too hard.
The Ozarks are full of hiking opportunities. We have the Buffalo National River, which was the first river protected by the federal government. It's a great area for hiking, camping and canoeing/rafting opportunities. Caves, bluffs, unusual rock formations, natural bridges, waterfalls, and great plants abound. Hope you all have a chance to see the Ozarks someday.
Good luck to all!
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