2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Buffalo National River:
This blog has photos of the various parts of BNR that I visited during its 50th anniversary year.
One can log their miles (on foot, by bicycle, or padding) within BNR and get an embroidered patch (after logging 50 miles) with the logo. A photo of the record sheet is shown below:
One of the records I included, was the hiking trails near the deserted mining town of Rush, Arkansas. There is a "ghost town" at Rush, with remains of buildings from when it was a mining boom town:
There are hiking trails on the mountain above the ghost town of Rush
The trail at Rush takes you by equipment left there, from its days as a zinc mine, called Morning Star:
The icicles I am posing behind in this photo can be a clue that this hike took place on a cold day in January!
The chilly temperatures made a fire at our lunch spot a welcome bit of warmth!
Another stop on my journey to get fifty miles was Tyler Bend.
I had come to Tyler Bend to do some volunteer work with the Arkansas Master Naturalists (www.ArkansasMasterNaturalists.org), in the native plant garden at the visitor center:
The river was flowing great from recent rains:
After lunch, I explored the paved path from the river launch:
It leads over to the group campground:
Another interesting site at Tyler Bend is the Collier Homestead:
Behind the Collier Homestead there is a trail that leads to a scenic overlook:
Yet another part of the national park where I hiked toward my fifty mile badge was the Buffalo Point area. The ranger on duty the day I visited, said I could take her photo:
I was there with a group of Arkansas Master Naturalists who came to study the wildflowers:
As we were studying these plants, my mind went back decades, to my very first science project, which was a requirement in the seventh grade. I chose the subject of medicinal herbs, and persuaded my mother, and elderly uncle, Olney Rudd, to go with me into the Ozark woods, and teach me what they knew about old time plant remedies. I took photos of our "expedition", and put it on the required poster board, and got an "A" for the project, but no first, second, or third place ribbon. I determined to do better in the future, and how curious that I am still chasing after "prize ribbons" at my age--but this time in the form of a fifty-year BNR anniversary "ribbon"! As a youth, I thought my purpose in life was to get as many awards and "A's" as possible, As I have aged, and started studying God's Word, however, it became evident to me that I had my focus on an ephemeral goal. Now this First Place 4 Health (www.FirstPlace4Health.com) memory verse better expresses my goal: "But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." Exodus 9:16
In the meantime, one of the ways I am getting my fifty miles anniversary patch is by paddling on the river. I have published several articles about kayaking, and one of the ones that is based on the Buffalo National River is in the blog archives, dated Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Below is a photo I took for that article, and depicts two of my kayaking friends, in front of the limestone bluffs the river is famous for:
Also, you can earn miles by bicycling within the park, and I hope to get at least one mile via bicycle!
In short, if you ever have the opportunity to explore Buffalo National River---JUST DO IT! If you are like millions of other visitors, it will give you "Miles of Smiles"! Tricia