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July "Exploring Arkansas" – Hiking, Biking & Legendary Knife-making

Posted on 28 Jun 2013

 View from atop Yellow Rock Trail in Devil's Den State Park

Monday’s brand new EA episode will take you mountain biking along beautiful DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia, going back in time at Historic Washington and taking in the gorgeous views along Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park.

A cyclists rides down the Iron Mountain Trail along Lake DeGray

Iron Mountain on the east side of DeGray Lake off scenic Highway 7 now has a 17-mile long bike trail for those of you who would like to take in the scenery of the lake in a different way.  The last phase of the trail, when completed, will put the total length to about 26 miles. The final section will offer scenic views of the lake, whereas the other sections follow mostly the wooded terrain of Iron Mountain.

 A blacksmith in Historic Washington State Park forges a Bowie knife.

Established in 1824, the town of Washington, north of Hope, was once a convenient stopover for travelers along the rugged Southwest Trail leading to Texas. Notable folks such as Sam Houston and Davy Crockett would pass through … including James Bowie, who asked the blacksmith to make him a fighting knife. This “Arkansas Toothpick,” called the Bowie knife, became legendary. To this day, you can visit the blacksmith shop and watch the forging of a Bowie knife yourself.

The surrey awaits riders in Historic Washington State Park. 

Historic Washington has been compared to Colonial Williamsburg, and the best way to see it all without walking is to take one of the surrey rides. 

Yellow Rock Trail, Devil's Den State Park 

Along the Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas, you can experience magnificent rock overhangs and outcroppings followed by the spectacular views from atop Yellow Rock itself. If you just go to Yellow Rock only and then turn back – you can cut down the hike to a two-mile roundtrip. 

So, mountain biking, hiking and legendary knife-making – all coming up on the next brand new EA episode Monday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m.!



"Exploring Arkansas," Monday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. 


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