October 25, 2012

Magazine Mt State Park, Paris Ar

Magazine Mt State Park, Paris Arkansas
Oct 25, 2012
   We climbed the mountain towards the State Park, and turn to the right at the Horse Camp. There are no utilities, and it is a major staging area.  Good thing we had a map of the trails and the roads, because there were many! One day we rode 40 miles, the leaves were so thick on the ground we had a difficult time following the trail.  Some trails cross hard bottomed creeks.  We also found Buzzard Rock, it is a high sandstone bluff.  At this point you can see miles away.   Oak, maple, pawpaw and pine trees make a patchwork quilt of many colors.


View from Buzzard cliff                                    Outstanding leaf colors!

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The second day the parking lot was full of trucks and trailers with OHV. We drove 35 miles, and only met 3 OHV. We were on the Huckleberry Trail where we took an off shoot trail to a Rock Wall, 300 ft tall and 700 ft long, it was so remarkable. There is no railing at the top, so beware when riding in the area. Watch out for horse riders, since the trails are shared. 
After we were done riding we went to the lodge in the park which had a stunning view and a wonderful lunch.  Right out of the lodge, there is a walk at the top of the mountain ridge, where we could see all the trees in fall foliage. We also drove to the parking area and hiked to the tallest point in Arkansas, 2,753 ft.  It was not a strenuous hike because you have already drove up the mountain to the park. There is also a lookout loop road in the park, with sandstone bluffs and breathtaking views.                                         

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DIRECTIONS= Paris, Hwy 22, south on Hwy 309, to Magazine Mountain State Park. Boondocking on right at the Horse Camp
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=- forest, mountain, hard bottom creeks , OWNER=  State & Nat Forest
QUALITY >  Pro / Con /  Length of stay 3 days / Rating-stars 5 out of 5
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills  forest / mud  / water crossing /                                

TRAIL MAINTENCE -Yes  / SIDE TRIPS> Magazine Mountain State Park

A short hike from the lodge

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