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100 Things to Do in Rogers #15: Hobbs State Park

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Fri, May 23, 2014


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.

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Topics: Family-Friendly, Free Things to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, 100 Things to Do, Trails & Parks

100 Things To Do in Rogers #14: War Eagle Cavern

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Thu, May 15, 2014

 

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.

History

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, 100 Things to Do, Trails & Parks

Valentine's Day Date Ideas in Rogers

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Mon, Feb 10, 2014

With all of the cold weather and snow we've seen this winter, I'm sure most of you are jumping at the chance to get out of the house for a  hot night out with your sweetie. If you're trying to figure out what to do this Valentine's Day, here are few ideas that would make a fun date night, girls night or family night. 

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Shopping, Downtown Rogers, Where to Eat, Art & Theatre, Free Things to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, Where to Stay

100 Things to Do in Rogers #7: Play on Beaver Lake

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Thu, Jul 11, 2013

We were off to a great start this month with unseasonably cool weather, but alas, the hot, humid air has returned. That can only mean one thing...it's time to find a place to cool off! Luckily for you, your next 100 Things to Do in Rogers assignment is about just that - assignment #7: Play on Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake is nationally renowned for Striped Bass and has even become a tour stop on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, but boating, scuba diving, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, swimming and picnicking are just as popular as fishing on Beaver Lake. So suit up, grab the towels and sunscreen and get to Beaver Lake as fast as you can for some fun in the sun and a great way to stay cool as the temperatures near 100!

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, 100 Things to Do

Hiking and Camping around Beautiful Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas

Posted by Jennifer Haile on Tue, Apr 23, 2013

My two boys are always asking when we will go camping again. We try to go several times a year and now that the campgrounds around Beaver Lake are open for the season, it is time to start planning some trips! A majority of the parks around Beaver Lake are operated by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and are open from the beginning of April through the end of October. The temperatures aren't too hot yet, so this is the perfect time to pull out the camping and hiking gear and head to the lake for some much-needed time away from hectic schedules! Below you'll find everything you need to know about camping and hiking near Beaver Lake, so grab a pen and paper and read on! 

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Topics: Family-Friendly, What to Do, Beaver Lake, Sports/Outdoors, Trails & Parks