With Spring Break fast approaching, I thought it might be helpful to offer some suggestions on some great places to explore with the kids in the Natural State.
Hike in the Ponca area. Nestled in the Ozarks about seventy five miles north of Russellville, two of the most popular trails in Arkansas, Hawksbill Crag…
..and Lost Valley are close by. These hikes are fairly easy, short and have numerous points of interest! Check out one of my blogs on Lost Valley here: Lost Valley Trail – Eden Falls in Late Spring. My blog on Hawksbill Crag is found here: Upper Buffalo Region – Hawksbill Crag
Pedestal Rock Scenic Area. These interesting geologic forms can be found near Pelsor, off Highway 16. The trail is 2.2 miles long and it is an easy hike. Actually, the rocks and a cool cave like structure are visible and lots of fun to explore after a little more than a mile of hiking. More information on Pedestal Rocks can be found here: Pedestal Rocks
Petit Jean State Park. Arkansas’s First State Park, located near Morrilton, is a place that can occupy active children and adults for hours – actually for days! Families can hike, explore caves, peddle boat, fish, play at the playground, learn about history and natural science, and enjoy breathtaking overlooks! An account of my favorite trek, the Seven Hollows Trail, can be found here Seven Hollows Trail – Natural Bridge and here: Petit Jean Seven Hollows Trail – The Grotto and Turtle Rocks.
Lake Dardanelle State Park. Of course, since it’s in my neck of the woods, I have to mention Lake Dardanelle State Park. It’s always fun to spend time in the visitor’s center, where folks can find huge fish tanks, a honeybee exhibit, and a turtle tank where kids are allowed to pick up and play with these reptiles. Outside, activities such as fishing, hiking, party barge and kayak tours abound. One of my favorite things to do there is to sit on the fishing pier and watch the sunset.
Mammoth Spring State Park. Families traveling to the northeastern part of the state should definitely spend some time here. There are trails, a fish hatchery, a depot which houses a historical museum, picnic tables and a park. More information on this park can be found here: Labor Day Fun – Mammoth Spring State Park.
The forecast for Spring Break in Arkansas promises sunny weather for most of the week. Since most kids have spent much of the past three or four months inside due to school and winter, this would be a great opportunity to get outdoors and explore my state’s natural beauty!