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…

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…

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…