The library…Oh how I’ve loved the library, ever since I was a little girl. My sister began taking me to our then local library, and I remember some of my first books being The Bobbsey Twins and The Boxcar Children. Yep, I was a mystery fan even way back then. I used to stare in awe at shelves upon shelves of books just waiting to be opened up and read from start to finish. Speaking of opening up a good book, who’s with me on the smell of a good book? Oh, I know we have our electronic devices nowadays, but nothing quite beats the smell of a good book, the suspense of turning the page to find out what happens next. Trips to the library continued as I grew from a little girl into a young woman, loading up on books for both leisure and education. And now years later, I’m passing down the love of reading (and the library) to my own boys.
Topics: 100 Things to Do
Recently while I was visiting Hobbs State Park, I drove across the bridge by the War Eagle Mill and realized that while I have seen the mill while shopping at craft fairs or driving across the historic bridge, I've never actually visited the mill. I decided that needed to change...immediately. For assignment #16 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, you must visit War Eagle Mill. Besides for the gorgeous drive to get there, it is a sight worth seeing if you are visiting northwest Arkansas. If you live here, you don't have an excuse not to visit!
With the summer heat just around the corner, you might have to wake up early to accomplish assignment #15 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, which is visit Hobbs State Park. In all honesty, I love to hit the trails in the summer. It's a great place to go because it's shaded, which makes it feel much cooler than doing an activity in the sun...so get your hiking gear ready and head to Hobbs State Park. If hiking isn't your thing, but you still enjoy nature, keep reading. The Hobbs State Park Visitor's Center is a fascinating way to get up close with mother nature, but in an air-conditioned setting.
Hobbs State Park
Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area is Arkansas's largest state park and is blessed with
beautiful terrain and a diverse eco-system. Twenty-two of the park’s 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south with acreage stretching across a part of Benton County southeast of Beaver Lake and extending into Madison and Carroll counties.
Hiking & Camping
The park includes a wide variety of trails. I've blogged about my love affair with Rogers Trails and Greenways, so I am really excited that I get to finally run on some trails during the War Eagle Trail Race this year at Hobbs State Park. It's the only trail run allowed in the entire park and what better way to enjoy it than by running with a few hundred friends? If you're into biking, or even riding horses, you can also do that in the park. Read on for the best trails for those activities. For a complete list of trails, click here.
The Historic Van Winkle Trail is a half-mile trail that leads hikers through a tunnel under Ark. 12 to the site of the historic Van Winkle lumber mill and home in Van Winkle Hollow on the West Fork of Little Clifty Creek. View the remnants of a sawmill and an antebellum garden owned by Peter Van Winkle during the 19th century. This is a good one for the youngsters, since it's short and easy for their little legs.
Visiting War Eagle Cavern has been on my to-do list for years and was finally able to cross it off recently, so I'm challenging you to do the same! Visiting War Eagle Cavern is coming in at #14 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers list. This activity is great for people of all ages and is wheelchair and stroller friendly!
War Eagle Cavern features a beautiful natural entrance right along the shores of Beaver Lake. We took the 60 minute guided walking tour thorugh the cave, complete with hibernating bats, panned for gems and did some hiking around the lake. It was a great way to spend a lovely spring day.
The holiday season is upon us, which means our calendars are about to fill up with parties, Christmas programs and classic TV specials to watch with the family. There are a lot of holiday events coming up over the next few weeks in Rogers, starting with one of my favorite annual parades, the Rogers Christmas Parade. From an Ugly Sweater contest to visiting with Santa on the caboose, there is something for everyone this season. Plus, one of the best houses for viewing holiday lights is in downtown Rogers too! So, for your next assignment in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, head downtown for one or more of these fun events.
It's time to get crafty in northwest Arkansas! Join the more than 250,000 craft enthusiasts from across the nation that will soon be making their way to northwest Arkansas to attend arts and craft fairs across the region. Top artists and craftsmen from all over the United States come to northwest Arkansas to show and sell their hand-made wares in the renowned craft fairs held each May and October. It's the perfect time of year to start shopping for holiday gifts and decorations, plus enjoy the scenic drive around northwest Arkansas, which is why assignment #11 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series is getting crafty at the local craft fairs!
Looking for something fun to do this weekend that the entire family can enjoy? The 13th Annual NWA International Festival will be held in historic downtown Rogers this Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival is a must-do, which is why it lands at #10 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series. Not only does this festival feature some great entertainment, but it's also educational...just don't tell the kids that! Here are all the details you need to know before heading out the door this weekend.
Summer break may be over, but the fun doesn't have to end. The 29th annual Frisco Festival, which is assignment #9 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series, is set for Aug. 23-24. The fun kicks off Friday at 5pm and then continues from sun up until after sun down on Saturday. This huge street party that celebrates the town's rich railroad heritage features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors and much more. From poker runs and 5Ks to pancake breakfasts and talent shows... there's something for everyone over the two-day period. I'll break down the events and activities into categories so you can best plan your weekend so you don't miss out on anything! For more information you can always visit the Frisco Festival website.
Summer came back with a vengeance this month with hot, humid weather. As a result, my family has been busy crossing things off our summer fun bucket list that include water and ways to stay cool. If you've been looking for a place to entertain the younger crowd, then you'll love assignment #8 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series - Visit Rogers Splash Park. It's the perfect place to cool off...and it's FREE. The park features 10 in ground sprinklers, three water buckets and two movable water cannons. If you are looking for an all-day adventure that is better suited for all ages (ahem...parents included! The slides are so fun!), then you need to visit the brand-spankin' new Rogers Aquatics Park (assignment #6!).