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Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas From Above: Spring”

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Our special live event – the premiere of “Exploring Arkansas From Above” – is coming up on Monday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. on Arkansas PBS! Spring is one of the featured seasons.

In The Natural State, springtime means waterfalls, float trips, blooming blossoms and flowers, hiking and mountain biking, plus trout fishing!

Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park, near Morrilton, is probably the most photographed waterfall in the entire state. Nearly half million people make the trek to these falls every year.

Exploring Arkansas From Above Aerial View of Kings Bluff Falls

Kings Bluff Falls is located in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area between Pelsor and Ben Hur off Highway 16 in the Ozark National Forest. At 114 feet, it’s one of the tallest waterfalls in the Ozarks!

Exploring Arkansas From Above Aerial View of Kayakers floating the Mulberry River

A popular float stream is the Mulberry – which is known for its challenging straights and rapids with names like “Whoop and Holler” (and you WILL be doing that if you don’t quite make it)! 

Exploring Arkansas From Above Wide view of a raft floating the rapids of the Mulberry River

Using a kayak will probably provide you with more stability versus a canoe and, when the water is up, rafting is a whole lot of fun, as well!

Exploring Arkansas Aerial view of the daffodil fields of Wye Mountain

One of the springtime pilgrimages that’s a must for many families is making the trip to Wye Mountain northwest of Little Rock. Here, the acres upon acres of daffodils make quite the fairytale setting for limitless photo opportunities.

Exploring Arkansas View of North Little Rock's Old Mill in Spring

The other springtime storybook setting is the Old Mill in North Little Rock with all the dogwood blossoms. The mill is shown in the opening credits of “Gone With the Wind,” and it is the only structure that remains from the film’s production. The mill was never actually a working gristmill, but it was constructed as a work of art to depict the charm and setting of the Old South.

Exploring Arkansas From Above view of mountain bikers riding along Mt. Nebo's Monument Trails

Mountain biking is popular in the Spring, before the hot weather of summer sets in. One of the ideal mountain biking places, is atop Mt. Nebo, near Dardanelle, with the Monument Trails. There are actually 24 miles of prime singletrack!

Exploring Arkansas From Above View of Fly Fisherman in the Little Red River

Fly-fishing is a favorite past time in the Spring – especially on the Little Red River in Heber Springs.  Wading out into the early morning fog, trying to land a lunker trout is what living in The Natural State is all about.

Exploring Arkansas From Above View of the Arkansas Sphinx

And, if you’re up for it, a hike up to The Arkansas Sphinx – northeast of Clarksville off Hwy 123 – is quite the site to behold! This huge, looming monolith stands out like some towering rock sculpture, overlooking the Ozark National Forest.

Exploring Arkansas From Above View of the Sphinx's Eye

On the back is the Sphinx’s eye, which we “threaded the needle” with using a smaller drone.

Don’t miss our aerial cinematic coverage of all four seasons as we premiere “Exploring Arkansas From Above” Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on Arkansas PBS!

 

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