April 21 – Field Trip – Craighead Forest Park & Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center

Jonesboro, Craighead Co.

Meet at 6:00 a.m. in North Little Rock on the east side of the Other Center parking lot behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is located across from McCain Mall, on McCain Blvd.  Take Exit 1 West, off Hwy. 67/167.  We’ll arrive at Craighead Forest Park around 8:15 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Experience the 200-mile Crowley’s Ridge, a unique piece of North American topography.  The combination of wooded areas, a lake, and open fields provides a variety of habitats which attract an eclectic mix of birds such as migrating warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, vireos, and flycatchers.  We’ll also walk the Nature Center’s trail and check their colorful blooming gardens, which attract numerous butterflies and other insects.

Moderate walking will be on dirt and paved trails.  Bathrooms are available in the Park at Centennial Rotary Park at the end of Access Rd. #5 and also at the Nature Center.  This will be an all-day trip.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.

Directions—from North Little Rock take US 67/167 north 100 miles to Exit 102, then go east on Hwy. 226 for 30 miles, then 4 miles east on I-49.  Exit right at Christian Valley Rd.  Go 2 miles to Culberhouse St. and turn left.  Go 1 mile and turn right onto Forest Park Dr.  GPS coordinates for the Park are 35.774865, -90.702296.  It is a two-hour drive from North Little Rock.