Best of the Midwest: Hiking the Buffalo River Trail

Best of the Midwest: Hiking the Buffalo River Trail

If you have been following the Best of the Midwest series then you might remember my post about the Buffalo National River in Northern Arkansas. Two of the best ways to explore the Buffalo National River and the surrounding Ozarks is by floating the river or by hiking the Buffalo River Trail (BRT). The Buffalo […]

Devil's Den Lake

Best of the Midwest: Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park is very similar to Natural Falls State Park except that there are many more hiking trails and they are much longer. My favorite time to visit Devil’s Den is during the Fall when all the leaves are changing because the Ozarks are simply stunning during that time of year. Devil’s Den State […]


Best of the Midwest: Natural Falls State Park

Last week I took a quick trip to Natural Falls State Park in Northeast Oklahoma to explore a little more of the Ozark Highlands. Natural Falls State Park is definitely one of the most beautiful state parks I’ve been to in quite a while. Springtime was the perfect time to go because everything was just […]

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Best of the Midwest: Wilderness Drive-Through Safari

In honor of the first Sunday of April also being Easter, I thought this would be the perfect time to showcase a family friendly activity in Northwest Arkansas. The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari located in Gentry, Arkansas is the perfect way to spend an afternoon seeing all the exotic animals inside the park. The park […]

Buffalo River

Best of the Midwest: Buffalo National River

The Buffalo National River is one of Arkansas’s largest draws.  Northern Arkansas’s Buffalo National River was the first national river in the U.S. and is roughly 150 miles long. The Buffalo River is home to numerous breathtaking geologic marvels hidden within the thousands of acres along and surrounding the river. Natural springs, waterfalls, caves, towering bluffs and […]


Best of the Midwest: Hemmed-In Hollow

The tallest waterfall between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. Nestled in the heart of the Ponca Wilderness Area of the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas lies the tallest waterfall between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The waterfall is 209 feet tall and is situated in Hemmed-In Hollow, a small valley enclosed on three sides by […]