Second attempt to summit in two weeks. First time about 10 inches of snow that was too deep for a 2WD vehicle, which my rental Suburban only had 2WD, an unpleasant surprise. Helped some locals pull a tourists' pick up truck out of a ditch on the final switchback before the trailhead. Park Ranger arrived and said 4WD required to complete the final 4 road miles of the 19 mile approach from Paris, AR. The 1.72 mile hike RT probably would have been a lot of fun if I could have made it to the trailhead. The second attempt no problem, no snow or ice, just sun and warm weather.
Easy and scenic drive!
This is a great highpoint. The drive up route 309 was a series of switch backs and a pretty cool drive, the views into the Petit Jean River Valley were very nice. The hike to Signal Hill was very short but nice and the to scale (1 foot = 13 miles) stone map on the peak was a work of art.
Loved the views over at Cameron Bluff too.
What a pretty place!! 1.5 miles round trip from the lodge. Part of a 3700 mile road trip.
Love the unique stone and mortar map of at the summit!
And didn't see any cute black bears, cus I was gonna ride one. Roadtrip from Ohio.
Give the mountain its dignity and hike up from the visitor center. Plenty of views along the way - especially in winter with no foliage. A stop at the lodge gives views to the south too.
A nice place to camp and hike around a bit.
Easy half mile trail to a summit with no views.
Unusual for this mountain to get so much snow, but I drove up and hiked 1.5 miles to the summit in an absolute white out! Supposedly when I hiked it it was the most snow this mountain had seen in 2 years.
This is Arkansas. I flew into Memphis. I then proceeded on a 1,955-mile road trip through the southern states to bag the highpoints in MO, AR, LA, FL, AL, and MS. Here is AR, highpoint number 19/51 for me and ranked 34/51. The overlook is a spot to visit as you will get the best views from here. I also went to the Highpoint tower and climbed to the top. It is steep, narrow, and a tad rickety (not for the faint-hearted)...
State park is very nice - Lodge in the park overlooks a gorge. hike to summit is short 1/2 mile and fairly easy. Was very cold windy day with ice on the trees and overcast - no view at the top.
On a previous drive back to Indiana for Christmas, I arrived a bit too late and got myself a little turned around. I didn't think I was on the top since there was no summit marker. So I had to come back on another Christmas-time drive. I planned it so that I would arrive early in the day, so I actually made it. A nice little stroll for me, Okie, and Sandy after being cooped up in the car.
Although you can drive nearly to the top, my purpose was to experience the mountain. Emergent autumn in mid October made for amazing pictures of flora and fauna as I hiked nearly every trail.
1 mile round trip. A little late for fall colors, but got a beautiful day to be on a highpoint.
Great hike with my son. We took the North Rim Trail from the Visitors Center and made it to the top at sun down. We then hiked down to the lodge to get some great pics.
Short hike , summit sign was not up which was unfortunate. I visited few days before the Highpointers annual convention at the lodge
After summitting Music Mtn in Hot Springs headed here in afternoon before spending night in Memphis. Easy and short hike, forest provided needed shade. Highpoint 38 in the bag and halfway through this 4 state HP trip.
Spent a long evening atop the summit for July 4th. Stayed after a beautifully morphing sunset to listen to the fireworks echo up from the valley.
July 4th getaway to check off highpoint # 3