Here Are The First 10 Hikes In Arkansas You Need To Take This Fall
The summer heat has simmered down and the crispness of fall is beginning to settle. There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Natural State. We’ve collected some of the best hikes in Arkansas for that first hint of fall. Let’s get out and enjoy the perfect weather at the start of the season with a hike or two.
What are your favorite hiking trails to ring in the fall season? Share with us in the comments below! Share your photos with us in our Facebook Group, Arkansas Nature Lovers. You should join for your chance to be featured and to discover why there’s nothing better than Arkansas’ stunning nature.
Address: Cedar creek trail, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd, Morrilton, AR 72110, USA
Address: Two Rivers Park Trail, Little Rock, AR 72223, USA
Address: Yellow Rock Trail Parking, QPHV+R2, West Fork, AR 72774, USA
Address: Indian Rockhouse Trail, Hwy 268 E, Yellville, AR 72687, USA
Address: Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Deer, AR 72628, USA
Address: Dripping Springs Trail, Arkansas 72956, USA
Address: Six Finger Falls, Falling Water Creek, Sand Gap, AR 72856, USA
Address: White Oak Lake State Park, Arkansas 71726, USA
Address: Winding Stairs Road, Winding Stairs Rd, Arkansas 71971, USA
Address: Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913, USA
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Best Fall Hikes In Arkansas
July 29, 2022
What are some kid-friendly hikes around Arkansas?
There are some wonderful kid-friendly hikes around Arkansas. A good hike for a child should be safe and beautiful. You want to get out yourself, but you also want an opportunity for your child to practice appreciating nature and language.
One of the fun things you might try is to challenge your child to notice things and consider what they see. Asking open-ended questions before and during a hike is a wonderful opportunity to develop a child’s mind. (Experts say it doesn’t matter if the answers are correct. Just asking and thinking builds the brain!)
Some fun examples might be:
How many birds do you think we will see today? Then count as many as you can. (Birds hold some elements of magic for most children— they fly, they sing, they explore, they build nests… it’s good to encourage this feeling.)
Why do you think trees look the way they do? (Again, it doesn’t matter what they think and you don’t need to know either. It’s about wondering and enjoying the feeling of thinking without the pressure of being right or wrong.)
Many hikes have some kind of history attached. For instance, the Historic Van Winkle Trail leads to the ruins of the Van Winkle Mill. Lots of questions will arise here. Plus, if you like telling stories you can retell the unrelated, but still fun, story of Rip Van Winkle.
There’s also the Farkleberry Trail. What a fun word. Farkleberry is a bitter berry eaten by wildlife that grows on shrubs. (Humans can eat them too, but they are reportedly bitter and tough.) Farkleberry. Farkleberry. Weird words are fun to say and help develop language skills in the little ones.
Remember that you do not have to worry about knowing the answers to any question a child asks. Picking up trivia is not the point. You are having a nice experience with your child and providing an opportunity to develop thinking and language skills. A great answer from an adult is always, “I’m not sure, what do you think?”
Arkansas native, Carol Ann Carson, has written for OnlyInYourState for three years now. She resides in Western Arkansas' Mountain Frontier but calls NWA home as well. The graduate of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Carol Ann earned her B.A. in English and will soon be pursing her M.A. in Library Science. She loves exploring the trails around the Buffalo National River and has yet to find a waterfall that wasn't her favorite.