Thursday, July 9, 2009

War Eagle Trail in Withrow Springs State Park

War Eagle Trail is named for the River it follows. Parts of the trail are quite steep.
The trail starts at the Southwest entrance to the park.
You must walk under a bridge to begin the hike.
Scenes along the river are lovely. The water is blue-green and clear.
About half way up the mile long trail you reach a small cave.
Just a little further and you will see War Eagle Cave which is
large enough to go inside and explore.
View from the entrance to the cave.
I believe the trail is labeled as moderate difficulty but parts are very steep
and slippery. Wear good hiking shoes.
Me in front of a pretty bend in the river.
I am the Wilderness Vanna White.
Setting sun on the War Eagle River.
Gravel beach on the river.
Action shot of Wiley having fun, ears flapping in the breeze.
I couldn't resist a little swim. The water was very warm.
I was having a lot of fun until Chuck saw a snake. After a snake sighting, every stick looks amazing like a reptile.
Wiley loves to swim and fetch rocks which he thinks are very heavy balls.
Looking down stream as the sun sets.
War Eagle River flows North from its headwaters in the Boston Mountains
instead of South like most streams.
You can float a canoe on the War Eagle River from about March to Mid-June.
Me floating below a small bluff.
War Eagle River is a Class 1 (very easy) stream good for families.
You can float about six miles in three hours.
It takes about an hour and a half to walk the length of the trail and about an hour for the return trip. For those bad at math, that it is a total of two and half hours.
Beautiful bluffs surrounded by thick verdant forests.
Jade and emerald landscape.
Chuck and Natalie with War Eagle River in background.
Another shot taken with Chuck's long arms.
Looking through the trees to the water.
The trail ascends 150 feet.
View of farm fields from the top.
Old gnarled tree on the bluff.
Chuck and Wiley on top of the bluff.
Wiley with one of his "balls" he found at the bottom of the river. He likes to dive. Below is some video of Wiley swimming and looking for "balls". Below is some video of our "swimming hole".
Below is some video of the view from the top of the bluff.

Northwest Arkansas Scenery

Even though it rained one day, the scenery was beautiful. We were
amazed at all the wildflowers we saw as we roamed.
Misty mountains and Queen Anne's Lace.
The foggy mountains were shades of grey and tourquoise.
The rain as it approached near Possum Trot, Arkansas.
Chuck in his yellow slicker.
Our dog Wiley as he patiently waits for the rain to let up.
We stumbled across this small roadside park, likely built in the 1960's.
The rock overhang looked like cooled lava.
There is also a small spring under the cliff.
We saw this lovely home in Huntsville, Arkansas. The house looked like
it could date from the civil war era.
Also in Huntsville we spied this very large yard art.
Old Ferris Wheel.
Around 450 Elk have been reintroduced around the Buffalo River.
However, we didn't see any.
Trumpet vine on tree.
Ozark Mountain View.
Snapping turtle, who refused to be rescued from the Highway, covered in mud and worms.

Camping at Withrow Springs State Park

There are very nice, brand-new camp sites at Withrow Springs. The park also has new bath houses, a nice swimming pool and is very quiet.
A deer I saw near our campsite.
Wiley, wore out from a day of hiking and swimming, beds down for the night on the couch.