Milky Way stretching over the Tall Peak lookout tower in the Ouachita Mountains

Tall Peak Fire Tower in the Arkansas Ouachitas

Tall Peak Fire Tower in the Arkansas Ouachitas -- an amazing, tucked away place to stargaze, camp or enjoy a sunrise since 1938!

Beth Buckley in the cypress swamp Arkansas

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 … Continue reading Louisiana Purchase State Park: Tiny Park, Tons of History

water lily in a lens ball Cane Creek State Park

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 … Continue reading Cane Creek State Park: Even Better than Expected

Nature photographer Beth Buckley Arkansas

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.

Finding Dark Skies Close to Home

If you're like me and have an interest in astrophotography, you know that one of the biggest obstacles to stargazing is finding a dark sky. You need a really dark sky. I've mentioned some resources I use in my previous Milky Way post -- DarkSiteFinder and LightPollutionMap.info -- but it can be pretty discouraging to … Continue reading Finding Dark Skies Close to Home

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 … Continue reading Emerald Park

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