Parks offer safe summer activities
By Haley Schichtl
Although many summer programs are being canceled or delayed this year, there are other ways children and families can stay active while taking a break from school.
Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs has 1,610 acres with campsites, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds and a fishing lake. There is also a bait shop for fishing supplies and boat rentals. Cabins are available to be rented, but tent camping is not currently allowed. To rent a cabin or get updates on reopenings, visit EurekaParks.com.
Harmon Park in Eureka Springs has a picnic area, playground, skatepark and dog park.
Black Bass Lake in Eureka Springs has hiking, biking and handicap-accessible trails, a picnic area and fishing spots. There is a one-mile trail to access a non-motorized boat launch, two wooden bridges and several fishing spots and the picnic area. The hiking and biking trails are about a mile and a half long, and the handicap-accessible trail is a half mile.
Roaring River State Park in Missouri — half an hour north of Eureka Springs — features a trout fishery, hiking trails, picnic tables, a campground, cabins, a swimming pool and a nature center. The number of visitors will be monitored closely by park staff to be sure it doesn’t go over capacity during the pandemic.
Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville has hiking trails, campsites and a river for floating and fishing. It also has tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a picnic area and a pavilion. The river is usually floatable from March to mid-June. The campsites include 29 Class AAA and 10 walk-in sites, and there are three hiking trails. The War Eagle trail is two miles, but the lower portion is currently closed for repairs. The Forest Trail is one and a quarter miles, and the Dogwood Nature Trail is a quarter mile.
Hobbs State Park in Rogers has several trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, though the Ozark Plateau Trail is temporarily closed. It also has campsites and a visitor center with exhibits to learn about the park. The Pigeon Roost trail is closed to camping, and the shooting range at the park is also closed with plans to reopen in the fall. To reserve a campsite or get updates on reopenings, visit ArkansasStateParks.com.