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Friday, April 16, 2010

Black Bass Lake - Trail Building Work Days

Black Bass Trail Work
Progressive Trail Design and Eastin Outdoors in conjunction with the Inn of the Ozarks and Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation will be hosting two trail building days Sunday April 18th and the 25th at Black Bass Lake City Park. Lunch, water and beverages will be provided to all volunteers. Raffle drawing for prizes and hike and ride after work.

The work will center around completing a route that will connect historic Oil Spring with Black Bass Lake. Work at hand will be constructing a 12 foot stringer bridge and ground work on about 1/2 mile of trail. The route has already been flagged and the corridor has been cut. Much of the route is on historic paths and will simply need to be raked. Several other sections will require moderate bench cut. The trail follows a bench along on a ridge and is flanked by 10-20 foot bluffs. Rusty remnents of days gone by litter the route from when the bluffs housed make shift businesses and residences. This will be a very cool addition to the exising trail system.

This portion of trail is also planned as a section of the "Eureka Springs Trail Interconnect" that will eventually provide trail access from Black Bass Lake City Park to Lake Leatherwood City Park and the greater Eureka Springs Community through spurs to local businesses and other public access points.

Meet at Black Bass Lake at 10am
To get there from the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs: Head west on Hwy. 62 for approximately 100 yards. Turn left on Oil Springs Road (a steep dirt road down a hill). At the bottom, turn left and follow to Black Bass Lake Parking.

Sunday April 18th & 25th

What to bring:
Gloves, Work Boots, Water Bottle, Bike and your favorite rake or pick................................ and a hearty appetite for trail building

Pension Mountain day hike pics

Here are some pics from the recent ESOA day hike to Pension Mountain in Berryville, AR. The newly constructed 4-mile trail is loaded with scenic views, unique bluff line and two springs along the way!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Day Hike to Pension Mountain

Hey Everyone-
Spring is here in the Ozarks and getting out on a day hike is the perfect way to enjoy this time of year. On Sunday, April 11, the ESOA will lead a day hike to the newly constructed trails at Pension Mountain in Berryville, Arkansas. This is a beautiful area with long Ozark views, bluff lines and many flowering trees. Meet at the Hart's parking lot at 1pm to carpool to Pension Mountain.
Contact Nick Cross with any questions, 479-244-5775, nickcross2000@yahoo.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

ESOA Photo Tour

April 17, 2010 - 10am-2pm (April 24 rain date)

-Jacob's Ladder
-Cold Spring
-Laundry Spring
-Cave Spring

Come spend a Saturday exploring the history and beauty of these unique locations. Meet at the base of Jacob's Ladder on Flint Street at 10:00 am and progress through each site completing your photo tour no later than 2:00. All photographers are invited to submit an image form each location for possible inclusion in a photo exhibit at the Bank of Eureka Springs Historical Museum on May 15th as a part of the May Festival of the Arts.
Contact Lorri Carter for additional information:

Monday, March 1, 2010

ESOA Hike at Hobbs State Park, March 7

Join the Eureka Springs Outdoor Alliance as we head to Hobbs State Park, just south of Eureka Springs, to hike a 4.1-mile section of the Pigeon Roost Trail. This is a great trail for beginners and families, with only moderate difficulty. The trail winds through narrow hollows and up along ridges, with occasional views of Beaver Lake. If time allows, we will check out the new Visitor Center.

Meet at the Hart's parking lot, Sunday, March 7, at 1pm and we will carpool/caravan from there.