Posts Tagged ‘Hiking’

Dogwood Canyon – More Nature Close By!

July 11th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

Just over the MO state line is a 2200-acre paradise called Dogwood Canyon. While we hate to send you away from anything in Arkansas, this is well worth it (and, of course, we expect you to come right back to Eureka Springs!) Located within a 30 minute drive of us, Dogwood Canyon offers unrivaled Ozark Mountain natural beauty. Check out the video below for a quick sneak peak:

This incredible nature park offers hiking and biking, ATVs, Segways, tram tours, horseback riding, archery, trout fishing (including a 2-day fly fishing school!) and even shopping and eating at their outdoor cafe. If you have truly come to see the beautiful Ozark Mountains, this is one way to experience it while remaining close by to all the wonderful things Eureka Springs has to offer.
Just the hiking alone is worth the trip. Their round-trip paved trail covers 6 1/2 miles and is relatively level. It guides you past beautiful limestone bluffs and tumbling waterfalls, over bridges formed of native stone or hand-crafted of wrought iron, and even a covered bridge of Amish construction. The beautiful rainbow trout swim in clear spring-fed waters, easily visible as you pass by. It’s a wilderness park and so you may see a variety of native wildlife. Allow plenty of time to absorb the beauty that surrounds you at any season of the year. A printed guide is provided that will interpret the history of the canyon, which is filled with Indian lore.

And best of all…Sophie can go with us!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Bridgeford House B&B Kicks Gas!

April 17th, 2011 by Sam Feldman

And pretty soon it'll be second born as well!

Gas prices are just ridiculous! We are all suffering from gas pump shock and we often have to take tranquilizers just to go fill up. But one advantage to coming to Eureka Springs for a getaway is that it’s a one-tank drive for many of you. So instead of driving all the way to Disneyworld this year, folks are coming here instead and discovering the beauty of the Ozark Mountains. And they don’t spend all day in the car! Plus, Eureka is a fabulous walking town, with all kinds of hidden trails and hiking paths up and down our little mountains – right in the middle of town!

And the advantage of staying at our inn, the Bridgeford House B&B, is that we are right smack dab in the middle of the historic district and you can walk to most anywhere:  shops, restaurants, spas, galleries, springs, gardens, music venues and all those hiking trails. You can park, check into your room, and never get back in the car again your entire stay. And just to show how much we don’t want you wasting all your hard-earned money on gas, we are participating in a summer program called “B&Bs Kick Gas!”

Our special:  For a two-night stay, we will provide you with two all-day trolley passes (in case you get tired of walking) AND give you $15.00 off your 2-night visit. But wait…there’s more! {Key excited announcer’s voice…} If you drive up in a hybrid, we’ll give you an additional $10 off that stay! (Unfortunately, we cannot combine this offer with any other discounts and we cannot extend the offer on Murder Mystery weekends or Bluesfest weekend). But we will offer it all the way until August 31, 2011 – even on weekends.

So stay close to home and come see what’s in your own backyard – without giving up your first born child.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Arkanas State Parks near Eureka Springs

October 3rd, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Last week Jeff and I (and Sophie) spent a lovely afternoon hiking at Hobbs State Park, which is just about 30 minutes southwest of us. It is actually Arkansas’s largest state park and it combines a lot of limestone features (called karst), including caves, sinkholes, pits and crevices. We didn’t make it far enough to see any caves, but it there was some definite climbing and balancing on some ridges where the trail ran. The theme for this park is not one large mountain or lake or river or forest or historical event or the myriad plants and animals. It is some of all of these. It is diversity:  “Hobbs…awareness of the diversity of life”.

Native Americans lived and hunted buffalo, deer, turkey, elk and bear in this area. Of course, white settlers eventually moved in and also enjoyed the area’s plants, animals, streams and rivers. The park has a fascinating history centered around the Peter Van Winkle industrial mill complex, large antebellum home and slave quarters. During the 1870′s, the largest steam-driven saw mill in Arkansas operated here, providing huge amounts of lumber for the reconstruction of northwest Arkansas following the Civil War. Most of the lumber for the Victorian-style houses in Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Eureka Springs, as well as the lumber in “Old Main” at the University of Arkansas, came from this mill.

There are three sections of nature hikes: Shaddox Hollow – 1.5 miles, Pigeon Roost (the one we were on) – 8.4 miles, and Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail – 23 miles. The 1/2 mile Historic Van Winkle Trail is wheelchair accessible with a paved parking lot and tunnel under Hwy 12. Interpretive panels with pictures tell the story of the early industrial center.

There is also a gun shooting range and is the only state park that allows managed hunting, with special permits. They have a weekly schedule on their website, with lots of great workshops and kids’ activities. Recently they had a class to learn kayaking, which we really wanted to take. Oh, well, maybe next time!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Hiking, Biking, Peace and Beauty

November 27th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

As a lot of you know, Eureka Springs is surrounded by an abundance of beauty, of the natural variety. We are situated between two incredible rivers, the Kings River and the White River. To the north of us is Tablerock Lake. To the west of us is the gorgeous Beaver Lake.  And just between the town and Beaver Lake is a little pocket of city delight known as Lake Leatherwood.

Jeff and I took Sophie out recently for an afternoon out in the beautiful Ozark weather we were having. We picked one of the many trails cut through the woods surrounding this little lake, which led us all along the edge of the water. If we had not started to run out of sunlight, we would have made it half way around this little watery jewel (I like to think, anyway), but that was only one of the over 15 miles of trails. This park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to many fish and waterfowl, as well as bald eagles and many other species of birds and wildlife. There is light watercraft allowed on the water and paddle boats available during season. There is a WPA era diving platform, that advises that swimsuits must be worn(!).

This area is rapidly becoming known for mountain biking. Rave reviews have been posted on the Lake Leatherwood area and we have had quite a a few guests at the Bridgeford House who come with bikes strapped on their vehicles. And these are serious bikers!

Our afternoon jaunt through the woods surrounding the lake was enough to convince us that we needed to go back and explore a lot more of the area. Sophie did a nice job of tracking every animal that had ever crossed that path and obviously loved every minute of it. The air was clean, fresh and free. The noise level was on the lowest end of the scale, with only the calls of a few birds. And the views were intoxicating.

And all just a 10 minute drive from our front door…