Monthly Archives: October 2016

Pathfinders

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Tim Ernst’s Favorite Special Scenic Spots

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“Arkansas is blessed with thousands of ‘special scenic spots,’ or SSSs, along our many hiking trails and roadways,” writes wilderness-photographer-slash-writer Tim Ernst. “I’ve noted many of them in my guidebooks over the years.” But while any …

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Pinnacle Mountain’s West Summit Trail

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w1stared down at the small rectangular screen with confusion and mounting frustration. Using the arrow keys, I scrolled to the last number dialed and tried again.

Still nothing. I tried a third time. And a

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Cedar Falls Trail

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cfWhat is it that motivates us to go out into the woods and follow the route laid out before us, weaving through trees and tall grass, scrambling over boulders. What is the goal? For some,

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Eagle Rock Loop Trail

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Arriving at the Albert Pike Recreation Area, one of the first things I notice is the abandoned campground along Arkansas Highway 369. Geysers of green—plant life in its dizzying array of forms—well up from the

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Mount Nebo Bench Trail

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I am going on a hike in the heat of Arkansas summer and camping somewhere, alone, overnight. I, the former pageant queen, the lover of donuts and air conditioning, am going

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R. Kenny Vernon Nature Trail

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screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-1-04-58-pmRumors of this place will plead

with you to save your time,

to hoard your minutes like pennies

in a rinsed-out pickle jar.

 

It is only a loosened clove hitch,

crushed gray stone tying

wetlands …

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Butterfield Hiking Trail

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It’s not the road less traveled, though it’s not the most popular, either. There are places where the trail is faint, passing under brush and fallen limbs, and goes fuzzy along the edges. But even

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Ozark Highlands Trail

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There’s a line across northwest Arkansas.

It runs from Fort Smith to the shores of Norfork Lake, and if you follow it, it’ll guide you through 253 miles of the most covertly scenic country the

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Ouachita National Recreation Trail

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Maurice, his summer shave growing shaggy, led the way—nose down then up, gathering the olfactory scene of the forest floor. His saddle pack wobbled against his sides, and occasionally he’d turn his head, black ears

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Pathfinder

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I’ve always been of the mind that those who talk down about Arkansas have never actually set foot in the state. Surely, those folks have never been fortunate enough to see the unyielding natural beauty that abounds in this neck

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