Nice article in AY Magazine on the Buffalo River

The Buffalo National River: More than just a Canoeist’s Paradise

As a former outfitter on the Buffalo National River, I can fondly recall a number of memorable incidents over the years. Our modest operation was located at Silver Hill, not much more than a wide spot on U.S. Highway 65 a few miles north of Marshall in Searcy County, and we’d host guests from all over the country. My favorite goes back to the time a middle-aged couple from Louisiana walked through the front door and asked about a canoe trip. They’d arrived on a perfect spring morning in late May, a day with fluffy white clouds floating across a brilliant blue sky, temperatures in the mid-70s, and low humidity. And the water conditions were ideal.

Neither of our guests had been canoeing before and were eager to give it a try.  Read the full article

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TheCrazyTourist.com Picks Jasper, AR

TheCrazyTourist.com has selected Jasper, Arkansas as the Best small town to visit in the state of Arkansas.

Here is a bit of what they said:

Not always the first state to spring to mind when people think of the United States of America, Arkansas has many hidden gems that never cease to impress travelers. You should consider visiting this southern gem of a state with its majestic Ozark Mountains, famous healing springs and revolutionary Civil Rights movements that add a little bit of something special to what Arkansas has to offer. Whether you’re in search of a nature retreat or a bit of pampering and rest and relaxation, there are some out-of-the-way towns that still have that special combination of small town charm and Southern Hospitality that make them must-sees.

Jasper is located in Newton County on the Ozark Plateau. A formerly sleepy little town, the state decision to reintroduce elk to the nearby Buffalo National River Valley has breathed new life into the town.  Read the Full story

 

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Best hikes in Arkansas based on recommendations from Trails.com

The Natural State – a fitting nickname for Arkansas, which is known for its expansive and diverse wilderness areas that feature limestone caves, forests, rivers, hot springs, and mountains. With hundreds of trails to choose from, we’ve helped narrow your search by highlighting five of the best hikes in Arkansas based on recommendations from Trails.com.

Yellow Rock Trail
The Yellow Rock Trail leads hikers on a 3-mile trek up 300 feet in elevation to the top of Yellow Rock to offer the best panoramas of Devil’s Den State Park, including Lee Creek Valley and the surrounding Boston Mountains. Hikers pass huge boulders and interesting rock formations, steep bluffs, and forests of cedar trees walking the trail to Yellow Rock Overlook.

North Rim Trail
The North Rim Trail traverses 2.5 miles of the impressive bluffs of Mount Magazine, Arkansas’ highest point. This hiking trail runs along the mountain’s north rim through hardwood forest and across several creeks to Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive, which offers amazing views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Plateau.

Ozark Highland Trail
As of this writing, you can hike up to 218 miles of the Ozark Highland Trail (it will be 254 miles when complete), which runs through some of the most remote areas of the forested Ozark Mountains in northwest Arkansas. Taking this trail, hikers see wildflower fields, dozens of streams and seasonal waterfalls, and countless boulders, with points of particular interest being White Rock Mountain, Hurricane Creek Wilderness Area, the Buffalo National River, Marinoni Scenic Area, Dead Dog Bluff, and the Ozark Highlands National Scenic Byway.

Buffalo River Trail
Hikers follow the Buffalo River for 37 miles on the river’s namesake trail, which varies in difficulty as it runs through untouched wilderness areas of the Buffalo River National Park. Explorers traverse everything from old homesteads and open fields to rocky canyons and bluff lines on the Buffalo River Trail, and the scenic views of the ever-changing river are hard to beat.

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail
You will be treated to spectacular sights hiking the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, which runs for about 40 miles along the southern shore of Lake Ouachita. The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail traverses mountain slopes covered in mixed hardwood and pine forests, and it offers hikers many opportunities to see native wildlife and birds.

 

Posted thanks to https://www.civilized.life/articles/best-arkansas-hikes/

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Explore the Outside World

It’s the weekend and you have already planned to put off studying until Sunday evening. It’s beautiful and bright outside and everyone keeps texting you to see what your weekend plans involve…anything outside and less than a tank of gas away right??

Look no further! Eureka Springs is a short and stunning hour drive northeast of Fayetteville. 

On your drive over stop and check out Turpentine Creek a refuge for cats both big and small. 

On the north side of town, you will find Lake Leatherwood, AKA the perfect spot for all things outdoors: hammocking, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, taking natural light selfies, etc. 

In the midst of Eureka, you can find zip lining! 300 feet above the forest ground and spanning over 2,000 feet, a thrilling canopy tour awaits. Perfect for small groups this tour lasts two hours.

When you stop for lunch in town and as you check out all the funky stores, take some time to walk to all the natural springs, click here for a trail. Several restaurants in town are even built around the springs and little caves. 

So, you check out Lake Leatherwood in the morning or maybe you opt for zip lining, you then stop for a late bite-to-eat in town and take some time to look around. It’s early evening and time for you to check out the elk feeding between Ponca and Boxley along the Buffalo river. With the sunset casting it’s magical evening colors this provides the perfect photo opt to capture the best day out you’ve had in a long time!

 All within an hour of Fayetteville and you had no idea! So, text your friends back and let them know you have a plan everyone will love.

Overnight in Eureka Book a Hot Deal

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Fayetteville, Ar roadtrip through the Buffalo River Region

It’s the weekend and you have already planned to put off studying until Sunday evening. It’s beautiful and bright outside and everyone keeps texting you to see what your weekend plans involve…anything outside and less than a tank of gas away right??

Look no further! Eureka Springs is a short and stunning hour drive northeast of Fayetteville. 

On your drive over stop and check out Turpentine Creek a refuge for cats both big and small. 

On the north side of town, you will find Lake Leatherwood, AKA the perfect spot for all things outdoors: hammocking, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, taking natural light selfies, etc. 

In the midst of Eureka, you can find zip lining! 300 feet above the forest ground and spanning over 2,000 feet, a thrilling canopy tour awaits. Perfect for small groups this tour lasts two hours.

When you stop for lunch in town and as you check out all the funky stores, take some time to walk to all the natural springs, click here for a trail. Several restaurants in town are even built around the springs and little caves. 

So, you check out Lake Leatherwood in the morning or maybe you opt for zip lining, you then stop for a late bite-to-eat in town and take some time to look around. It’s early evening and time for you to check out the elk feeding between Ponca and Boxley along the Buffalo river. With the sunset casting it’s magical evening colors this provides the perfect photo opt to capture the best day out you’ve had in a long time!

 All within an hour of Fayetteville and you had no idea! So, text your friends back and let them know you have a plan everyone will love.

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Buffalo National River 45th Birthday Benefit

Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots are playing for the Buffalo National River’s 45th Birthday Celebration at George’s Majestic Lounge on Sunday, March 12.   Brick Fields Band opens at 6 and Sunpie will start around 7 till close (9:30-10pm).   It is, first and foremost, a party and celebration of the fact that Arkansas has had the first National River in America and we’ve kept it in good condition since it’s inception on March 1st, 1972.   Millions of families have enjoyed camping, hiking, floating and making memories over the years.  We all love it.  Learn More

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Have you heard of the Rapping Ranger??

Just bee-boppin’ around, singing songs and rapping about our U.S. National Parks.

From our Very Own Buffalo National River

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The Oklahoman features the Buffalo National River

The unwanted Christmas gifts have been returned, and we’re all signed up for penance memberships with weight-loss businesses. Yet our hearts tick the clock forward to the summer when the ice dams break and the rivers flow freely again. Our eyes grow are hungry for the verdant greens of the warmer seasons.

Everyone has heard of National Parks, but it may be a different matter with National Rivers. The concept was new to me when Jeff announced that we were going to explore the Buffalo National River the summer of 2011.

It was easy to see why the National Park Service thought it needed a river to be part of the national legacy. Read the Full Story

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2016 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend: Joining the greats

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) – The sounds of rockin’ blues will be again be echoing through The Ozarks that surround this party city when the Annual Blues Weekend returns June 16-19 for a repeat performance.  This year’s event will join the greats such as Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park, Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, The Big Muddy Blues Fest in Memphis and Crescent City Blues Festival by adding an outdoor Festival Stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR), located just south of Eureka Springs on State Highway 23.  Event Promoter, Charles Ragsdell explain the shift, “All the great festivals use an outdoor stage and our attendees have been calling for it for years. What is unique in Eureka Springs is we will have Blues throughout the day at the refuge and rock Downtown Eureka Springs at the Basin Park and in the clubs in the evening.  In our little way its like combining the open air Telluride Blues and Brews with the dynamic energy of Beale Street festival.”  Eureka Springs Blues Festival just last year was recognized by American Blues Scene Magazine as one of the top ten Most Beautiful Blues festivals joining Telluride described as “situated in an amazing, lush mountain atmosphere.”

Music starts Thursday, with Downtown Eureka Springs and The Basin Park Hotel getting loud with The Return of legend Chris Duarte. Duarte, returning to Eureka Springs for the first time since his ten-year run of Duarte Weekends plays the late night show on Thursday and Friday nights in the Barefoot Ballroom Stage high atop the 1905 Basin Park Hotel located in the middle of Eureka Springs’ entertainment district with many of the clubs therein sporting their own blues sounds all weekend long.

“Blues Weekend signifies the rich history of Eureka Springs as a live music capital of Arkansas.  Every year thousands flock to Eureka Springs for our Blues Weekend, an annual festival of music and fun,” said Tammy Thurow, president of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “This year, downtown will be as fun as ever and with the introduction of the outdoor festival stage we expect it to be as big as all outdoors because it is… outdoors.  The Turpentine Creek Festival Stage will welcome one performance on Thursday, five on Friday, six on Saturday, and three on Sunday.  Proceeds will go to TCWR’s non-profit efforts to rescue then maintain big cats like lions and tigers… and yes, even bears.”

Clubs around town that will be showcasing blues entertainers during the festival include Rowdy Beaver, New Delhi, Chelsea’s, Pied Piper and Rockin’ Pig.  The Headline entertainer that kicks off this year’s festival is a Eureka Springs’ blues favorite Chris Duarte, who triumphantly reappear on the Barefoot Ballroom Stage of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel after a six-year hiatus.  Both of Duarte’s performances will be at 9 o’clock on Thursday and Friday.  Friday’s show oopens with Kory Montgomery at 7PM.

“Vibrant and relevant, the best way to describe this year’s Blues Weekend,” Thurow added.  “More than 30 entertainers and bands will be sending up positive musical energy at seven venues over four days and nights.  The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend has the reputation of being one of Arkansas’ biggest parties.  Our 2016 event will not disappoint.”

Full details of venues, performers, days and times can be found at EurekaSpringsBlues.com.  Tickets for Chris Duarte’s two concerts can be obtained at ReserveEureka.com.  Many hotels and motels throughout Eureka Springs are offering special Blues Weekend rates.  That information can be found at EurekaSpringsOnline.com.

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National Parks in Arkansas to kick off Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge

Jan. 1 marks the beginning of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial celebration and the seven National Park Service sites in Arkansas will kick off the celebration by launching the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge – a year-long program to encourage visitors to “Find Your Park” and improve their health and fitness by completing 100 miles of physical activity over the course of the year. Participants may choose to hike, bike, paddle, walk, run, or roll 100 miles in any of the national parks in Arkansas. Visitors who complete 100 miles of activity will receive a certificate and a commemorative patch to recognize their accomplishment, but the real reward will be experiencing the parks and the many benefits of physical recreation.

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