There is a stretch of mountain country between Russellville, Arkansas and Hot Springs, Arkansas that makes that 60 mile stretch of Hwy 7 so beautiful you just have to stop here and there to absorb it.
In the 1930’s Civilian Conservation Corps workers, men from all over the country who worked for measly depression wages, made some beautiful campsites, short trails, rock walls and rock bridges, which are a testament to their handiwork and ability.
All through Arkansas’ Ozark National Forest and Ouachita National Forest, and all along the Buffalo National River, there are trails which are traveled by thousands of people who think they are really seeing the wilderness. Traveling those established trails certainly is not close to “getting off the beaten path,” as one writer called it recently.
If you want to see some of those mountains alone, set out where there are no trails. Take a map and compass. determine where the largest blocks of forestlands are found, and head out. Travel up a stream for awhile, then look for gentler slopes where you can climb to a ridge-top, explore small tributaries to look for out-of-the way caves and waterfalls. The Ouachitas have plenty of both.
Those mountains also have mountain lion and black bear, and between May and October you might happen across a big timber rattler or two.
To do this, you should take a pack and you might want to take the gear along for an overnight stay. Travel slowly and carefully, and take a camera. This is the best time of year to do it, because of the lack of insects and snakes.
Our Grizzled Old Outdoorsman’s Swap Meet is just a little more than a month away, soo you might be gathering yoyur old lues and outdoor gear you want to sell or swap. We’ll have some tables for those who only have a few items.
Last year we had 50 tables filled with antiques, and modern gear as well, everything hyou can imagine pertaining to outdoor and country living. The tables are free and admission is free.
There’ll be breakfast and dinner served and lots of door prizes. Don’t forget that date. It is March 23, at the Brighton Assembly of God Church auditorium on Highway 13 about 16 miles north of Springfield, MO.
Call me if you want to reserve a table -– 417-777-5227 -– or write me at Box 22, Bolivar, MO 65613. My e-mail is email@example.com and my website is larrydablemontoutdoors.blogspot.com.