Cane Creek State Park: Even Better than Expected

water lily in a lens ball Cane Creek State Park
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Hiking to Richland Creek Falls in Arkansas

Girls at an Arkansas swimming hole

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! On Saturday I met up with new friends Dara and Brennen (aka @ozarkditchhiker — she is a fellow photographer and her work is stunning!) to tackle the 5-mile round trip hike to Richland Falls.

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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 Rock.

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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 love this area, but it is particularly remote and rough, so I jumped at the chance to hike it with an experienced group.

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