Rattlesnake Ridge: Pinnacle Mountain’s Quiet Neighbor

View of Pinnacle Mountain from Rattlesnake Ridge Whew, September was a busy month! My boyfriend Tyler and I went to Colorado for a few days for my good friend Amy's wedding, and of course we also squeezed in a hike at RMNP! You can check out some of those photos here. We also adopted a…

Louisiana Purchase State Park: Tiny Park, Tons of History

#2 on my quest to visit all Arkansas state parks is the Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park! (Check out my other blogs in this series here!) At only 37.5 acres, I thought for sure this tiny state park was Arkansas' smallest. It's actually the eleventh smallest, which means there are ten even tinier parks out…

Cane Creek State Park: Even Better than Expected

Welcome to the very first post in my Arkansas State Parks Project series, Cane Creek State Park! I really felt called to start this project when I realized that, after looking at the long list of 52 state parks in the Natural State, I had only visited about 25%. And I hike a lot! If…

Hiking to Richland Creek Falls in Arkansas

I was lucky enough to get out to one of my favorite places in Arkansas this past weekend-- the Richland Creek Wilderness. If you're okay with a little bushwhacking and probably getting wet, Richland Creek holds countless hidden gems! Edit: This post was originally published in July 2019. I have updated some of the text…

Blanchard Springs, AR: The Perfect Summer Getaway

I live in central Arkansas, so I know how firsthand how brutal summer can be. This past week we had temperatures in the high 90's with near-100% humidity. In that kind of weather, there's not a lot you can do outdoors. Luckily, I have a remedy-- Blanchard Springs. I can't think of any other nearby destination that has so much to offer in the hottest months.

Emerald Park

As someone who is native to the Ozarks in northwest Arkansas but now living in mostly-flat central Arkansas, I often miss the expansive overlooks atop towering bluffs of the Buffalo River. Luckily there is another place to enjoy some clifftop views that's a lot closer to where I live now-- Emerald Park in North Little…

Trying (& Failing) To Shoot the Milky Way and other updates

If you want to, you can go nuts with planning a Milky Way shoot! I do my night shooting on the weekends (my 9-5 keeps me from staying up all night on any random week day) so I often plan obsessively to make sure my time out in the field-- in the middle of the…

Hiking Indian Creek to Eye of the Needle (Buffalo River, AR)

I was lucky enough to get to join the Arkansas Nature Lovers' group (find them on Facebook!) on May 5th this year on a hike up Indian Creek to the Eye of the Needle. (Most of the photos below from the hike were taken by the group leader, Jeff Johnson. Thanks again, Jeff!) I absolutely…