Hello Readers! Who has been to Arkansas? I am very happy to say, I am getting to frequent this beautiful state often lately! Our newest adventure took us to Blowing Springs Trails, in Bella Vista, Arkansas. While I have never seen this trail in the winter, I am guessing this time of year, spring, is the very best time of year to go.
Foliage was exploding with every shade of vibrant green, with stimulating contrasts of yellow, purple, and the occasional white and red blooms. I saw several Cardinals fluttering about with squirrels periodically teasing Hendrix The Hiking Dog’s obedience. Hen only gave into his temptations, and gave a short chase once! He actually does not care much for getting off the beaten paths.
Blowing Springs Trail is adjacent an RV only campground, with a beautiful park area that has spring fed waterfalls. After coming out of the trails, I decided to venture into the park area, and so glad I did. We had the pleasure of meeting Crystal, and her fur babies; Fiona, a finely aged Chow mix, and Oscar, a young wiper snapper terrier mix!
Fiona and Oscar, with the company of their human, Crystal, are living the life as current residents of the campground. Very much appreciate this trio, for showing us their beautiful home away from home!
While Hen and I were on the trails, we found them to be immaculately kept, and easy to moderate maneuverable. With that said, the trail could definitely use a marking system. While this trail does mark the mileage, there are no markers to keep one oriented to the trail.
With that said, it was fairly easy to get off a certain course but not feel lost, per say, as there are houses here and there, and while the trail over laps itself, and twist and turns, it always seemed to end up back on the part of the trail that runs along the campgrounds. No markers will not keep us from going back and exploring more. While this trail is not as remote, or secluded, as I prefer, it truly is beautiful, and the foliage lets you pretend you are in the middle of nowhere. I do want to add, however, that this is a high biker usage trail. While I went early in the week, so the bikers were scarce, I am told that there are always riders, increasing in numbers on the weekend. The riders I did encounter were very nice, but on busier days, I could see how it might be a bit frustrating for bikers and hikers to all be on the same trails. All in all, I definitely recommend this adventure.
And, if you are a regular reader, you know I love to try and find a unique “stop” on the way home from our adventures, and we were very successful this trip! Tontitown Winery is fantastic, as is their wine! (I bought 3 bottles!) And I love that they make their own wine on site, with locally grown grapes! Tontitown Winery is open year round, and if you happen to be in town in the spring/summer, you will find great live music on the weekends! Go enjoy the atmosphere and wine!
Until next time!
HAPPY TAILS AND TRAILS!