Intro to Overnight Backpacking clinics
Hobbs State Park Conservation Area is ready to help the beginning backpacker get started through its “Intro to Backpacking Clinics.”
These hands-on, overnight trips are designed for people with little to no backpacking experience to try out backpacking and learn some tricks to having a positive experience on the trail. The clinics are led by a park interpreter along the 8.5mile Pigeon Roost Trail.
Participants will be able to try out their own equipment in a safe environment with expert guidance. Topics covered during the clinics include packing, cooking, safety, leave no trace, and navigation.
Those ready for a new kind of adventure should contact Hobbs State Park Conservation Area to register for one of these Intro to Backpacking Clinics.
Backpackers will need to bring their own food, water and equipment to camp overnight. Backpackers will meet at the Pigeon Roost Trail Head, on Arkansas Highway 12, 6/10 mile east of the Hobbs State Park visitor center.
The three clinics times and dates are: first clinic, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, to 12 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12; second clinic, 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25; and third clinic, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, to 12 p.m. Sunday Dec. 10.
The cost is $10 plus tax, and prepayment is required. Make sure to ask for a gear list when you register. To register, call 479-7895000.
Park announces its Eagle Watch Cruises
Hobbs State Park Conservation Area offers eagle watch tours on Beaver Lake from November 2017 through February 2018. Tours will take place during these months on the following dates:
Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26; Dec. 2,3,9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30; Jan. 1,6,7, 13**, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28; Feb.3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25.
**This special tour on “How to Photograph Eagles” is being offered to adults only, who wish to know how to photograph eagles, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The tour includes a lecture by a professional photographer from the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas
“We have always been lucky seeing eagles on our tours — some mature, some immature — and we always see other beautiful wildlife as well,” said Rebekah Penny, park interpreter. “It could be migrating osprey, great blue herons, kingfishers, deer or red-tailed hawks. No one will ever be disappointed on our eagle tours. We can only take 20 guests at a time, so it’s important that folks call the park in a timely manner to ensure that their names get on the boarding lists,” she added.
Tickets must be purchased in advance: Adults – $10 plus tax; Children 6-12 – $5 plus tax. Tours depart Rocky Branch Marina promptly at 3 p.m. (except for the special tour on Jan. 13 which departs at 2 p.m.). For more information, call 479-7895000.