Arkansas January 16, 2016
11 Enchanting Spots In Arkansas You Never Knew Existed
If you’re a fervent lover of the outdoors and a resident of the Natural State, you’ve likely shared the beauty of a great number of places with others. Now it’s time for the rest of the country to know about these locations. Hikers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts have visited and photographed these beautiful spots. Many thanks to NWATrails.org for sharing so much excellent footage of what’s out there for you to see!
11. Mount Kessler
With approximately seven miles of trails on the southwest edge of Fayetteville, Kessler Mountain features a magical tour of nature trails that lead you through a forest as you pass many native flora and fauna species. Nearly 376 acres of Mount Kessler is available to the public for activities such as hiking, bird watching, bike riding and more.
10. City Rock Bluff
You can find City Rock Bluff near Calico Rock, Arkansas when traveling through the Sylamore Ozark National Forest. The breathtaking overlook rises above the White River more than 200 feet and provides excellent views of the Ozarks.
9. Lake Atalanta
Located along Prairie Creek in Rogers and noted mostly for recreation, Lake Atalanta is a great place for anglers and is known as the second oldest park in Rogers.
8. Clear Creek Trail
A part of the 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway, Clear Creek Trail is one of many new and scenic locations that have been added to the northwest Arkansas trail system. Bicyclists will especially have a great time enjoying the great scenery on their ride!
7. Lake Lincoln
The town of Lincoln is located nearly 20 miles west of Fayetteville. In addition to gorgeous sights for hikers, the trail also boasts well-marked trails and the intensity of the Lake Lincoln hiking trail goes from moderate to mildly steep in certain spots.
6. Lake Springdale
Connected to the 36-mile long Razorback Greenway, Lake Springdale is great for fishing. The nearby nature trail will definitely catch your fancy as well!
5. Lake Colombia
Located west of Magnolia, Lake Colombia is an awesome spot for fishing and boating. There's a lovely spot there for taking the family on a picnic if you're making your springtime outing plans a little early this year.
4. Lake Alma
If you're a city dweller, you likely find yourself wanting to get back to the country and relax for a bit. That's just what the Lake Alma Trail is for. There's a great and peaceful way to take your mind off everything and take a hike just right off I-40 in Alma. Enjoy almost four miles of breathtaking scenery while you try to catch your breath and find another strange detour on this hike.
3. Lake Sequoyah
Lake Sequoyah, once the primary source of water for the city of Fayetteville, is a gorgeous place to go for hiking, nature watching, biking, or just having a good time at a picnic or going fishing.
2. Hobo's Den
Hobo's Den is a scenic cave located in Calico Rock not far from the railroad tracks that run through the town. Visitors can find a variety of things here ranging from arrowheads to old markers and symbols left on the cave walls by travelers who passed through the area ages ago.
1. Shady Lake
Developed in 1937 over 25 scenic acres, Shady Lake is located in the Ouachita National Forest. Hikers and bicyclists can venture the trail year round and enjoy a nice view of historic Shady Lake Dam.
Since Arkansas isn’t snowed in or iced over this winter (so far), you should set aside time to have a brisk walk on some of these trails with a few friends or loved ones. New trails are being blazed in many areas around Arkansas, and places you likely never thought the public would have found out about decades ago are now being hiked and biked by many. Name some other locations around the Natural State where you’ve likely blazed your own trail before anyone else did!