Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Canoe Trip Info...

Hello All,
I am so glad that you enjoyed the pictures of our canoe trip!! I had lots of people ask where we were, and other questions. I will try to answer them all to the best of my ability. I didn't plan any of the trip, though. Zack and my brother-in-law planned the entire trip and both know Arkansas (especially hiking trails, waterfalls, and beautiful spots) like the back of their hands.

We were on the Buffalo River in Ponca, Arkansas, which is close to the Northwest corner. (If you know anything about Arkansas, it is about an hour from Springdale.)

You can take your own canoe (as my sister and brother-in-law did), or rent. Canoe rentals are $50/day, but the rates vary depending on how many days you rent. You put in at the rental place and leave your car. Then, you can have your own car shuttled to the stopping point or ride a shuttle bus back to your car.

You can camp right off the river bank as we did, or there are campsites off the river as well. You can research all of this information and more by going to:

http://www.buffaloriver.com/

The waterfall that we hiked to is called, Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls. Zack and my brother-in-law already knew where the trails were, because they have hiked around there so many times. They have maps, books and do research all of the time. Tim Ernst is the author of several books about the Buffalo wilderness area. They love him and would recommend his books to anyone! One title that I can think of is, Buffalo River Hiking Trails (Third Edition)... really profound title, huh? :-)

I hope all of this helps! (and because no post is complete without a picture...)

8 comments:

The Manen's said...

I am so ready to go hiking/conoeing after seeing your blog! My husband Dustin grew up in Ponca! His parents actually still live there! It is absolutely breathtaking out there isn't it! It seems like a whole different world! It looks like you guys had a fabulous time!! :)

"J" said...

I love it!!! I wished we had some cool stuff like that around here! (Texas) We do have two COOL rivers that everyone goes to.

http://www.nbcham.org/

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/garner/

Just in case your in Texas and want to tube down the river!!! FUN FUN!

Tracey said...

Sounds (and looks) like a glorious place. Hope you enjoyed the adult time!

Oh, and yes, I took the picture ;0)

Leigh said...

Thank you so much for clarifing that. I want to go! That looks like so much fun! I am sure some great memories were made!

Mandee said...

That looks like so much fun. My dad, his brothers, and cousin all go to the Kings for a week every spring. He told me last night they may have to cancel and do it in the fall this year because of the flooding.

I'm glad you had a good time and you survived your first time without Zayde. That is a huge deal! It really does get easier every time.

destiny said...

What a beautiful picture! I love the colors!!

Julie said...

I am so jealous!!!!! The pictures/scenery are gorgeous!!! I would have loved to have sat back in the canoe and read all day long!!!

Jennifer said...

Wow, it looks like lots of fun! There is a beautiful river up near Gainesville Florida that we want to go to this summer. Such great memories for the family!