TrailBlazers will hike from Redding Campground to Spy Rock Overlook Saturday, March 30th. This moderate, rocky trail weaves through Morgan Mountain and the Ozark National Forest, passes by a waterfall and ends at Spy Rock. It offers some great scenic views along the way. Please sign up on website, www.thcfs.com, if you plan to attend.  Bring lunch and water.  Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza parking lot in Van Buren to carpool/caravan. We will leave at 8 AM.     

TrailBlazers traveled to Mt. Nebo State Park to hike the 3.3 mile rim trail. Starting from the bath house parking lot, we dropped down to the trail and made our way to Sunrise Point. Prior to air polution, it was possible to see Little Rock in the distance. The Rim Trail has great views and several pleasant spots to relax and admire the scenery. The trail featured rock formations, great views of the valley and some challenging areas with stone steps. There were no water crossings even though there are several small streams and springs along the trail. We ate our lunch on the gift shop back porch with a view of Lake Dardanelle and the nuclear power plant at Russellville. Great hike!

Eleven TrailBlazers met at Judge Parker's Courtroom parking lot to walk the river trail to the Marshall's Museum Sunday, March 17th. The trail crosses the railroad tracks and passes through an area where there were once barracks for soldiers stationed at Fort Smith in the 1800's. Continuing on, we walked through the amphitheater, visited the Marshall's museum and continued on to the end of the trail where there is now a campground. Estimated round-trip distance walked 3 miles.  

After a rainy night, seven TrailBlazers traveled to Northwest Arkansas to hike at Lincoln Lake. Starting from the parking area, we walked down to the road, crossed a bridge and entered the woods.  The trail weaved its way along and crossed the dam before entering woods again. The trail followed the shore line and passed through huge boulders before reaching Moore Creek that required a wet crossing. Most of us made it across with only wet boots but one person did get to enjoy a brief sit in the creek. We took a break for lunch. From there we walked through bottom land before starting up the mountain and working our way through the huge rocks. At the top there was a good view of the lake. We made our way down the mountain and back to our cars. Another great hike in our beautiful state!

TrailBlazers traveled to Mt. Magazine State Park to hike Bear Hollow Trail. There were 7 hikers and two vehicles so we were able to shuttle one to the end of the trail for transportation back to the horse camp. The trail starts on Hwy. 309 and winds its way through the woods. There was one very small creek crossing and views across the valley of a large rock bluff line. There is a perfect scenic spot shortly before reaching Benefield picnic area where we always eat lunch. Afterwards we headed up hill to our vehicle and drove to the lodge. There is a great view from there of Blue Mountain Lake in the distance. It was a great day for a hike in the woods!

TrailBlazers (7 humans and one dog, Miles) hiked at Chaffee Crossing Sunday afternoon, December 18th. Starting from the McClure amphitheater parking lot, we crossed the road and got on the paved trail that goes through the woods. We noticed lots of construction going on down the hillside. After crossing the road, the trail continued through the woods till we reached Torraine Lake.  We hiked the lake counter clockwise, crossing the bridge and arriving at the parking lot (which now has rest rooms). The trail goes down the hill completing the circle around the lake. From there we backtracked to the McClure parking lot.  The hike was approximately 5+ miles - a good workout on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Join us next Saturday when we travel to Mt. Nebo for a 3 mile hike around the rim of the mountain.  

Four TrailBlazers hiked at Cove Lake on a cool, cloudy day. Starting from the small parking area by the bridge, we hiked along the lake trail for a short distance then headed up the mountain.  From the top there is a view of Mt. Magazine in the distance. After meandering around, we found our way back down to the trail by the lake.  There were several small creek crossings as we made our way to the park area. There are picnic tables and rest rooms scattered through the park. After eating lunch. we walked through the park and across the bridge back to our car. It was a good day to be outdoors.