Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas From Above: Summer”
Our aerial cinematic look at all four seasons in The Natural State, “Exploring Arkansas From Above” – scheduled to premiere Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. – will begin with summer.
With more than 40 lakes around the state, summertime in Arkansas means lake fun! The largest lake in Arkansas is Lake Ouachita west of Hot Springs. To really appreciate this lake and all of its islands, a drive up to Hickory Nut Mountain Vista is well worth it. The view from the vista is unlike any other overlook of Lake Ouachita.
DeGray Lake Resort State Park is another fun trip. Sunset kayaking excursions are offered here, along with special outings out to a nearby island to view meteor showers throughout the summer.
There’s Sugarloaf Mountain at Greers Ferry Lake, and the Sugarloaf Mountain National Recreation Trail – the one-mile hike up to the top is moderate to strenuous and should only be attempted by those who are in good physical condition. The trail is accessible only by boat, and shuttle services are available at Fairfield Bay Marina. Cliff jumping is a popular summertime activity on Greers Ferry Lake, but use caution: make sure the water is deep enough without any rocks underneath, and jump feet first only.
Seven Devils Swamp in Southeast Arkansas near Dermott is the wildlife paradise with the ominous name. For birdwatchers and photographers, this is an ideal setting. But, it’s also notorious for people getting lost in it as well. The seven lakes within the swamp have been called the “7 devils” by those who did wind up getting lost. So, needless to say, a GPS unit or a compass would be essential to take with you.
The Helena River Park overlooking the mighty Mississippi River is quite the pleasant outing on a summer evening.