Happy trails

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - Know a good trail for a hike? Email mstorey@arkansason­line.com


Lo­ca­tion: Happy Trails, in its wis­dom, al­ways takes off the hottest part of the Arkansas sum­mer and hides out in the shade. One cool spot is Elkhorn Tav­ern at Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park. GPS: 36.453690, -94.015384.

Length: In­stead of dis­tance, this “hia­tus hike” is one of time. Let’s all meet back here once the hu­mid­ity is no longer a soul-suck­ing sauna and we don’t leave sweat pud­dles just walk­ing to the car.

Main at­trac­tions: Other places to keep cool are any state park with a lake. Pick one and chill out.

Haz­ards: Tak­ing a break will avoid sum­mer haz­ards such as ticks, chig­gers, mos­qui­toes and those dang bit­ing thingam­abobs (maybe horse flies or deer flies) that chase you down the trail. Dog, bike, tyke friendly?: The parks would love for you to bring them along. Keep them on a leash. The dogs, that is.

Video: ArkansasOn­line.com/ hap­py­trails. This week, the video is a spe­cial slide show of “cool” places Happy Trails has hiked over the past 12 years. Check it out. How many have you vis­ited?

Rat­ing (out of five):

..... — Michael Storey

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/MICHAEL STOREY

Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park is a cool place even when it’s not snow­ing. This snow on Jan. 31, 2008, was melted by af­ter­noon.

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