Worth a Visit in Arkansas: Withrow Springs State Park

Rte. 23, north of Huntsville, Arkansas Bordered by towering bluffs along the War Eagle River, this secluded 786-acre retreat contains

Rte. 23, north of Huntsville, Arkansas

Bordered by towering bluffs along the War Eagle River, this secluded 786-acre retreat contains everything associated with the Ozark mountain region: a magnificent wilderness of ridges and valleys, wildlife, woodlands, and a small creek fed by clear springs.

The sparkling waters of War Eagle Creek nourish the life of the park, providing an excellent canoe run and fine fishing. Hikers have three scenic trails to explore. The three-quarter-mile Dogwood Trail, named for the area’s most prevalent tree, makes a loop along ravines and ridges in colorful wooded terrain. The moderately difficult War Eagle Trail begins at a bridge, climbs up a 150-foot hill to a bluff that lets you look down to the river 200 feet below, and then continues on to a large cave with an underground stream. The trail is about a mile long and requires backtracking. The Forest Trail follows an old roadway through a hardwood forest and connects with a paved highway that leads back to the campground, a trip of about 2 1/2 miles.

–Open year-round.

www.arkansasstateparks.com

(479) 559-2593

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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