The Ozarks, Part 1: The Hike

July 24, 2013

Ozarks RoadtripThis past weekend, Connor, my friend Emily and I drove to The Ozarks National Forest area in Arkansas. We stayed in Eureka Springs at The Lookout Lodge and made a day trip to Blanchard Springs. The weekend turned out to be really beautiful, adventurous, and full of really delicious Thai Food, surprisingly. It was such a fun weekend! Here are  few pictures of some of the awesome things we did in Arkansas and Missouri:

Drive to Blanchard Springs (35 of 103)My friend Emily flew up from Houston. Not only is she super adventurous, she beautiful, smart and wickedly funny. She had me rollin’ all weekend! She is amazing and I love her =)

On Saturday, we went on what ended up being a 6 mile hike in Blanchard Springs, which is about a 2.5 hour drive from Eureka Springs. Blanchard Springs boasts several caves, waterfalls, bluffs and swimming holes. We were told about a hike close to the Blanchard Springs Recreation Center that led to a local watering hole we could swim in, so we decided to give it a go. The hike ended up being pretty primitive – we did not see a single other person on the “trail”, and the trail was pretty overgrown, making it difficult at times to know if we were on the right path.

Drive to Blanchard Springs (63 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (57 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (72 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (73 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (78 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (94 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (102 of 103) Drive to Blanchard Springs (103 of 103)

Still, it was a lot of fun, and the “danger” aspect made it a little more adventurous. We never found the watering hole, so we drove to one down the highway called Gunner Pool. Gunner Pool is a BEAUTIFUL spring fed swimming pool. The water was perfect, and the view was amazing. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm rolled in and it started pouring during our swim. We were happy we got what little time we did, though, and headed back to Eureka Springs.

Recommendations:
1//Stay at The Lookout Lodge  in Eureka Springs- they were super friendly, the facilities were immaculately clean, and they had an awesome DVD collection that you could choose from. Best of all, it’s inexpensive compared to other places in ES.
2//Definitely research Blanchard Springs Caverns before you go – there is a lot to do, and you also want to make sure the pools are open – most of the water in the caverns was off limits due to high e coli levels (which is common this time of year).
3//Gunner Pool is worth the drive, even if that is the only thing you do! I would wear some water shoes though – the pool is made of natural gravel and stones, and it was painful to walk in the water.
4//Thai House Restaurant in Eureka Springs – SO GOOOOOOOD! We ate here twice and tried for a 3rd time but they weren’t open. Really, really good Thai food! Pad Thai and all of the curries we tried were perfect!

I will be back tomorrow with day 2 of the trip – it was an animal filled one!

4 thoughts on “The Ozarks, Part 1: The Hike

    1. thecleverbunny

      Yeah! It was A-MAZ-ING! We are still relatively new here to the midwest, so it’s fun to explore. Glad Vermont was fun for you! I love all the photos ~ I have always wanted to travel New England.

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