Field Trip September 15

Delta Heritage Trail State Park and Mississippi River State Park

 

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Prothro Junction commuter lot, I-40 East, Exit 157, southeast side of the interstate.  Drive time from Little Rock to the Delta Heritage Trail SP is 1 hour 38 minutes.  The Delta Heritage Trail is a rail-to-trail conversion that was acquired by Arkansas State Parks in 1993. Fourteen miles near Helena have been completed in some of the most remote and scenic areas remaining in eastern Arkansas’s Mississippi Delta.  This historic rail trail is easy walking and goes through multiple habitats.

 

We’ll then travel to the Mississippi River SP.  Drive time between the two parks is 25 minutes.  The Mississippi River SP is operated by the Arkansas State Parks within the St. Francis National Forest.  It has a Visitors Center with exhibits.  It is the newest member of the Arkansas State Parks System.  Bear Creek Lake Natural trail is a one-mile loop that provides access to the unique flora and fauna of Crowley’s Ridge. This easy walking trail winds through groves of large native trees, many which are identified and is a great way to explore the forest.  Drive time from the Park back to Little Rock is 1 hour 35 minutes.

 

Directions:

Delta Heritage Trail SP is located at 5539 Hwy. 49, Helena-West Helena.  Phone 870-572-2352. For more information go to deltaheritagetrail@arkansas.com

Mississippi River SP is located at 2955 Hwy. 44, Marianna.  Phone 870-295-4040.  For more information go to   www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/mississippi-river-state-park   

Field Trip: August 25, Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

 

Bald Knob, White County

Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock in the Other Center parking lot on the east side behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall.  Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167.  We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road.  This federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area.  We expect to find shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills.  It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat.  If you have a scope, bring it.  Very little walking will be involved.  There is no bathroom on-site.  There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55.  Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge.  GPS:  35.260233, -91.571903