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

Girls at an Arkansas swimming hole

Hiking to Richland Creek Falls in Arkansas

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! 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 … Continue reading Hiking to Richland Creek Falls in Arkansas

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)