2015 Schedule & Spring Slideshows

3/3/15, Tuesday

Crystal Bridges, Spring kick-off hike

8:30 at Bella Vista Harp's upper lot

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Meet at gravel parking lot, NE “A” Street & Tiger Blvd.

Departure time: 9:00 am. Easy hike w/some hills

Lunch: Pedaler’s Pub, 410 S.W. “A” Street, Bentonville. http://www.pedalerspub.com/


3/8/15, Sunday

Kick-off Social

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3/12/15, Thursday

Boston Mountain Loop Trail; Lake Ft. Smith State Park

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Depart Harp’s upper parking lot at 8:30 am. Carpool to park hdqtrs. 63 miles.

Easy w/moderate climbs. 3-3.5 miles/ 2 hours. (Some may do shorter hikes after lunch).

Lunch: Grandma’s House Cafe


3/18/15, Wednesday Cancelled due to weather

Clear Creek Trail; Fayetteville

Depart Harp’s upper parking lot at 8:30 am. Carpool to Lake Fayetteville Picnic area.

Easy paved newer portion of Greenway trail. 3.5 miles/ 2 hours

Lunch: Golden Corral


3/28/15, Saturday

Lost Bridge Trail; Beaver Lake area

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Depart Harp’s upper parking lot at 8:30 am. Carpool to Garfield via U.S. 62, then Highway 127 E., 7 miles to park/campground.

Easy to moderate w/some climbing. 2.5-3 hours; 5.3 miles.

Lunch: Short Stop in Garfield


3/31/15, Tuesday

Hawksbill Crag/Ponca, Steel Creek (Two possible hikes, daytrip)

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Depart Harp’s upper parking lot at 8:00 am. Carpool to Ponca area. (85 miles)

Moderate hiking. (Hawks Bill, 3.2miles; Ponca/ Steel Creek, 2-4miles

Picnic: bring sack lunch, snacks & water. 


4/9/15, Thursday Cancelled due to weather

Blowing Springs South Trail & Bluff Trail at Lake Bella Vista

Meet and begin hike at 9:00 am from Blowing Springs parking area.

Easy with some moderate climbing.

Length/time: Approx 3-3.5 miles; 2+ hours

Lunch: Gusano’s


4/15/15, Wednesday

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Lake Alma Trail ; Alma Arkansas

Depart Harp’s upper parking lot at 8:00 am. Carpool to Lake Alma Wildlife & Observation Park, 85 miles.

Easy to moderate w/some climbs. 3.8-4 miles; 2.5-3 hours

Lunch: El Trio’s Mexican Restaurant


4/21-4/23/15 Jasper Overnight Trip 

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4/30/15, Thursday

Bashore Loop Trail; Hobbs State Park (Part of Hidden Diversity Trail)

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Depart from Harp’s upper parking at 8:30 am. Carpool via U.S. 62 & highway 12 to Hobbs State Park Visitor’s Ctr.

Easy to moderate

Length/time: 3 miles; 1.5-2 hours.

Lunch: Sam’s Old Time Hamburgers, Rogers


5/5/15, Tuesday

Hemmed in Hollow (Buffalo River area)

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Depart from Harp’s upper parking at 8:00 am.

Carpool w/maps/directions to be provided to Compton, AR area. (91 miles)

DIFFICULT!!! Be advised. This is downhill 2.5 miles, then back up. (Tallest waterfall in Arkansas).

Length/time: 5 miles r/t; 5-6 hours w/rest stops. (All day trip w/driving).

Lunch: pack in sack lunch, snacks & water. 


5/13/15, Wednesday

Pilburn Trail (Near Roaring River State Park)

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Depart from Harp’s upper parking at 8:30 am. 

Carpool via U.S. 62 to Gateway & MO., 37 to Seligman, MO. & Highway 112 to Forest Rd. 1050.

Easy to somewhat moderate.

Length/time: 2.14 miles, 1.5-2 hours

Lunch: El Mariachi Restaurant, Cassville


5/20/15, Wednesday

Yellow Rock; Devil’s Den State Park

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Depart from Harp’s upper parking at 8:30 am.

Carpool via I-49S to Devil’s Den State Park

Moderate w/some difficult/some easy

Length/Time: 3 miles, 2-2.5 hours.

Lunch: To be determined


5/29/15, Friday

Lost Ridge; Lake Leatherwood

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Depart from Harp’s upper parking at 8:30 am. 

Carpool vis U.S. 62 to Lake Leatherwood. (Eureka Springs area).

Moderate w/some switchbacks.

Length/time: Approx. 2.5-3 miles; 2-2.5 hours.

Lunch: Angler’s Grill


8/15/15, Saturday

Ice Cream Social at the Village Insurance in 

Bella Vista

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We will start gathering around 5:30 and have ice cream about 6:00 PM. 


9/10/15, Thursday 

Pea Ridge Battlefield (fall kick-off hike)

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Depart Harp’s, Bella Vista, (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to Pea Ridge National Battlefield 

Hike Headwaters Creek Trail/Williams Hollow. Fairly easy to moderate, approx 2 hours.

Lunch @ Shortstop in Garfield.


9/16/15, Wednesday 

Lake Leatherwood, Eureka Springs:

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to Lake Leatherwood via Highway 62

Hike Lost Ridge Trail. Approx. Two Hours/miles, moderate.

Lunch @ Angler’s Grill, Eureka Springs.


9/18/15, Friday, 

Leave on 10-day trip to

Banner Elk, NC

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Points of interest: Fall Creek Falls, TN, Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mt, Biltmore House, Roan Mt, Linville Falls & Gorge, Blowing Rock, and Village Creek, AR


9/25/15, Friday 

Blowing Springs, S. loop & Bluff trail @ Lake Bella Vista

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Meet at Blowing Springs first parking area at 9:00 am.

Hike approx. 2.5-3 miles, easy to moderate.

Lunch @ Gussano’s, Bella Vista.


9/30/15, Wednesday 

Hunt Parkl, Springdale

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to JB Hunt Park, west side. 

Hike the newest section of Ozark Greenway Trail. Approx. 3.5 miles, paved/easy.

Lunch, AQ Chicken, Springdale.


10/6/15, Tuesday 

Tanyard Creek Trail, Bella Vista

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Meet @ Tanyard Creek Parking lot off Lancashire @ 9:00 am.

Hike various trails, 2 hours, mostly easy.

Lunch @ El Pueblito, Bella Vista.


10/14/15, 2015, Wednesday 

Black Bass Lake, Eureka Springs

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool via Highway 62 to Eureka Springs (Oils Springs Road). 

Hike around & above lake, approx. 2 miles, easy to moderate.

Lunch at Mertie Mae’s, Eureka Springs.


10/22/15, Thursday 

Roaring River State Park:

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am. 

Carpool via Highways 62, 37, and 112, to Roaring River State Park.

Hike Devil’s Kitchen (big hill) moderate & easy & shorter trails.

Eat picnic lunch in the park.… (details to be announced).


10/30/15, Friday 

Ft. Smith State Park:

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking at 8:30 am.

Carpool via I-49 to Ft. Smith State Park. 

Hike section of Ozark Highlands Trail. 3-4 miles r/t, moderate.

Lunch at Grandma’s House Café, Winslow.


11/5/15, Thursday Canceled

Chinquapin Trail, Pineville:

Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to Big Sugar St. Park, near Pineville MO. 

Hike 3+ miles/2 hours, easy.

Lunch, Papa Mike’s, Bella Vista.


11/10/15, Tuesday New!!

Kings River Overlook; Withrow Springs, War Eagle trail

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to trail heads north of Huntsville. 

Lunch to be determined.


11/14/15, Saturday Canceled due to deer hunting season!

Girl Scout Camp Hike, Huntsville

Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to GS Camp (NOARK) near Huntsville. 

Hike camp trails, Girl Scout lead.

Lunch provided by scouts (Donations accepted)

Possible shorter hikes after lunch in the area near camp.


11/20/15, Friday 

Cave Spring Natural Area

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Depart Harp’s (BV) upper parking lot at 8:30 am.

Carpool to Cave Spring, AR., via Highway 112.

Hike trails around the lake. Additional hike on Greenway Trail.

Lunch at Golden Corral, Rogers.


12/2/15, Wednesday

Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

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Meet at Crystal Bridges in the upper (overflow) parking lot at 9:00 am.

Hike various trails at Crystal Bridges. 

Lunch at Peddler's Pub in Bentonville. 


12/9/15, Wednesday 

Christmas Party, Bella Vista Country Club

Details to be announced

3/3/15 Crystal Bridges

Spring kick-off hike

3/8/15 Kick-off Social

3/12/15 Boston Mountain Loop Trail

Lake Ft. Smith State Park

3/28/15 Lost Bridge Trail

Beaver Lake Area

3/31/15 Hawksbill Crag / Ponca, Steel Creek

4/15/15 Lake Alma Trail

Alma Arkansas

4/21-4/23/15 Jasper Overnight Trip

4/30/15 Bashore Loop Trail

Hobbs State Park (part of Hidden Diversity Trail)

5/5/15 Hemmed in Hollow

Buffalo River Area

5/13/15 Pilburn Trail

Near Roaring River State Park

5/20/15 Yellow Rock

Devil’s Den State Park

5/29/15 Lost Ridge - Lake Leatherwood