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Exploring Arkansas October 2012

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Butterfield Heritage Trail, Lake Alma Trail, Village Creek State Park Mtn Biking, Consv Education Center-Crooked Creek
You can re trace the longest stagecoach route in the history of the world-by driving a portion of it through northwest Arkansas by way of the Butterfield Heritage Trail A gem of a hiking trail that's hardly been publicized until now, is the one that loops around Lake Alma in the town of Alma. A unique mountain biking experience along Crowley's Ridge can be enjoyed at Village Creek State Park north of Forrest City. Hiking and blue ribbon smallmouth bass fishing are offered at the Conservation Education Center along Crooked Creek near Yellville.

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IN 1858 A NAME BY JOHN BUTTERFIELD HAD THE LONGEST STAGE COACH RIDE IN THE WORLD AND FROM MISSOURI TO SAN FRANCISCO AND 2800 MILES. TODAY YOU CAN RETRACE A PORTION OF THAT ROUTE BY WAY OF THE BUTTERFIELD HERITAGE TRAIL. THERE WAS ALSO A SECONDARY ROUTE THAT EXTENDED FROM MEMPHIS TO FT. SMITH BUT THE ROUTE WE TRACED IS NORTH FROM VAN BUREN TO THE OZARK FOREST UP TO FAYETTEVILLE. A GOOD PORTION OF THIS ROUTE LOOKS ALMOST THE SAME AS IT DID DURING THE 1850'S AND ESPECIALLY THE SECTION THAT GOES THROUGH THE NATIONAL FOREST. STATE STOPS OCCURRED EVERY 20 MILES OR SO TO CHANGE TEAMS. FITZGERALD'S STATION IN SPRING DALE IS ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING STRUCTURES IN THE COUNTRY THAT IS STILL STANDING. AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON THE BUTTERFIELD ROUTE IS THE DRIVERS' GUIDE TO THE MAIL ROUTE WRITTEN BY KIRBY SANDERS OF FAYETTEVILLE.

IT WAS A TREMENDOUS ENDEAVOR. NOTHING LIKE THAT HAD BEEN DONE BEFORE. FOR ONE THING NOT ALL THE ROADS WERE PASSABLE SO BUTTERFIELD CAME IN ACTUALLY IN 1857 AND THEY STARTED IMPROVING ROADS. THEY PURCHASED SEVERAL THOUSAND HORSES. 500 STAGE COACHES. THE ACTUAL COACH RUNS WERE 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. ONE WOULD LEAVE ST. LOUIS AND IF YOU GOT ON GOING ALL THE WAY TO CALIFORNIA YOU COULD EXPECT 25 DAYS OF TRAVEL. COMING THE OTHER WAY FROM SAN FRANCISCO BACK TO ST. LOUIS 25 DAYS OF CONSTANT TRAVEL. IF YOU WERE RIDING ON THAT COACH, AND IT WAS MEAL TIME YOU HAD 15 MINUTES TO EAT BECAUSE THAT'S HOW LONG IT TOOK TO CHANGE OUT THE HORSES. THERE WAS NO STOP AND HAVE A NICE PICNIC FOR AN HOUR OR SO. YOU HAD 15 MINUTES TO EAT WHAT WAS AT THE STATION, AND BY THE WAY THAT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PASSAGE. IT COSTS 75 CENTS FOR A MEAL AT THE STATION. CALL IT $5 IN MODERN MONEY, SO AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE ENDEAVOR. THERE WAS A LOT OF ARGUMENT ABOUT IT IN CONGRESS BECAUSE SOME OF THE CONGRESSMEN DID NOT WANT TO ESTABLISH THIS ROUTE. THEY DID NOT WANT TO SPEND TAXPAYER MONEY SUPPORTING IT. THEY WANTED IT TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT, BUT IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS SUCH A MAJOR ENCOUNTER THAT IT COULD NOT BE SELF SUFFICIENT, AND THAT WAS PART OF THE PROBLEM THAT EVENTUALLY LEAD TO ITS DEMISE WAS ARGUING BECAUSE LIKE UNTO THE MODERN POSTAL SERVICE IT HAD TO HAVE SOME SUBSIDY. THE OTHER THING THAT CAUSED THE EVENTUAL DEMISE WAS OF COURSE THE CIVIL WAR. IN 1861 WHEN THE SOUTHERN STATES SECEDED ONE OF THE FIRST THING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID WAS SAY "OKAY FINE. NO MORE FEDERAL SERVICE". THAT INCLUDED THE MAIL. AND AT THAT POINT BUTTERFIELD SHUT DOWN. THEY MOVED THE ROUTES FURTHER NORTH, AND IT WAS OVER.

AND THAT'S PONY EXPRESS CAME IN BY THAT TIME.

RIGHT. PONY EXPRESS AND EVENTUALLY THE RAILROAD. MOST OF THE OBSTACLES WERE NATURE. YOU HAD PROBLEMS TRYING TO RUN A 1400-POUND STAGE COACH IN ABRASIVE FOUR HORSES THROUGH THE OZARK MOUNTAINS IN IT IS MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT, AND IF A DRIVER WAS TRYING TO MAKE TOO MUCH TIME YOU COULD BREAK THE TONGUE WHICH MADE THE COACH UNCONTROLLABLE. YOU BOUNCED PEOPLE ALL OVER THE PLACE INSIDE THE COACH WHICH WAS NOT A GREAT ACCOMMODATION BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO ABANDONED THE TRIP IN THE FAR WEST BECAUSE OF A LACK OF WATER. FOOD WAS USUALLY A PROBLEM. YOU COULD GET ONLY WHAT WAS ABLE AT THE STATIONS UNLESS YOU BOUGHT SOMETHING IN FT. SMITH AND PICNICKED IT, ATE IT IN THE WAGON AS YOU WERE GOING ALONG. ONE OF THE LEAST PROBLEMS WAS FOR THE BUTTERFIELD WAS INDIAN ATTACKS. BUTTERFIELD HAD A POLICY OF ACCOMMODATING THE INDIANS OF ATTEMPTING WHEREVER POSSIBLE NOT TO BE AGGRESSIVE OR CONFRONTATIONAL, AND AS A MATTER OF FACT TRADED WITH THEM.

BETWEEN SPRING DALE AND FAYETTEVILLE JUST OFF 265 THERE'S ALSO A FOOT TRAIL SECTION OF THE ORIGINAL ROUTE COMPLETE WITH AN INFORMATIONAL PLAQUE ON THE HISTORY OF BUTTERFIELD STAGE COACH RUN.

BEAUTIFUL LAKE ALMA. NOW, THOSE OF YOU WHO AREN'T FROM THIS AREA PROBABLY NOT KNOW THAT THIS LAKE EXISTS .  IT'S LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OF TOWN NEAR HIGH 71. THERE IS A WONDERFUL HIKING TRAIL THAT GOES ALONG THE LAKE AND WE WERE INVITED BY A COUPLE OF HIKING ENTHUS YAFTS TO JOIN THEM AND CHECK IT OUT.

LAKE WAS BUILT -- FINISHED IN 1970. IT'S ROUGHLY 124-ACRE LAKE. IT'S A WATER SUPPLY AND FLOOD CONTROL FOR THE CITY AND ALSO SUPPLIES SEVERAL SMALLER TOWNS AROUND HERE, AND SINCE 1970 THAT'S ALL IT HAS BEEN. NOT MUCH FISHING AND SO FORTH. IN THE LAST FEW YEARS THEY PUT IN A FISHING PEER AND STOCKED THE LAKE WITH FISH AND I THOUGHT FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS OR MORE IT WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE A TRAIL AROUND IT. I LIKE TO WALK FOR EXERCISE AND YOU CAN WALK AROUND THE SCHOOL TRACK AND GETS BORING AND YOU WOULD QUICK AND HERE YOU COULD GET EXERCISE AND SEE NATURE INSTEAD.

IT WAS HARRY MCWATER'S PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION AND FINALLY TAKING IT UPON HIMSELF THAT MADE THE LAKE ALMA TRAIL A REALITY.

I HAD TRIED TO GET THE MAYOR TO DO IT AND MONEY OF COURSE IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM FOR FOR YEARS NOTHING HAPPENED AND I POPPED OFF AND SAID "HOW ABOUT LETTING ME DO IT" AND IT SCARED ME, SO I GOT IN TOUCH WITH THE ARKANSAS MASTER NATIONALISTS AND DIFFERENT CHAPTERS IN THE STATE AND ONE FROM RUSSELLVILLE AND ONE FROM FAYETTEVILLE CAME DOWN AND WE GOT TOGETHER AND NEWSPAPER TIME AND BEFORE I KNEW IT THERE WERE LOCAL PEOPLE THAT CAME IN THAT WERE SERIOUS HIKERS AND THAT TOOK OFF. ONCE THE SERIOUS PEOPLE FOUND OUT AND THEY'RE PITCHING IN AND WE'RE BUILDING IT UP AND I DON'T KNOW IF WILL EVER BE TOTALLY OPEN. IT'S OPEN AND YOU CAN GO AROUND IT AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE WANT TO DO.

ALMA RESIDENTS AND VETERANS HIKERS AND HIKED ALONG WITH US COULDN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS TRAIL.

BEING A NATIVE OF ARKANSAS IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE SOMETHING CLOSE TO HOME AND THIS IS A FOUR SEASONS TRAIL I BELIEVE. WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL SPRINGS, FOLIAGE, ALL THE THINGS, FLOWERS. WE HAVE SMALL WATERFALLS AND IN THE SUMMER -- OF COURSE NOW IT'S EXTREMELY DRY SO IT'S NOT AS PRETTY TO ME, BUT STILL IT HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FALL FOLIAGE AND IN THE WINTER WE HAVE THE BEAUTIFUL CLIFFS AND RIDGES AND WONDERFUL ROCK FORMATIONS AND MY HUSBAND AND I HIKED ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND WE ALWAYS COME BACK TO ARKANSAS AND WE HAVE THE SAME THINGS HERE, BUT NOW WITH THIS HERE IN OUR HOME TOWN IT'S JUST A BLESSING. WE DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE 500 MILES TO UTAH OR SOMEPLACE TO HIKE. IT JUST HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER FOR ANYONE AT ANY LEVEL. THERE ARE EASY PARTS OF THE TRAIL, MORE RUGGED AREAS FOR THE EXPERIENCED HIKERS, JUST SO MUCH TO SEE.

AND ANOTHER BENEFIT THAT YOU MENTIONED IT HAS CELL PHONE SERVICE ALL AROUND.

AND AS A FEMALE HIKER I AM COMFORTABLE HIKING THIS BECAUSE I DO HAVE CELL SERVICE AND IF SOMEONE FELL, AND GOD FORBID THAT, WE COULD GET SOMEONE IN TO HELP QUICKLY, SO THAT'S A BIG PLUS FOR THIS HIKING TRAIL.

WELL, IT'S AN AMAZING TRAIL BECAUSE IT HAS SO MUCH VARIETY TO IT. YOU WILL SEE A FAMILY WALKING WITH THEIR KIDS AND A FEW YARDS DOWN THE TRAIL YOU WILL SEE ROCK HOPPING TRAIL RUNNERS AND THEY'RE EXCITED ABOUT SCRAMBLING UP AND DOWN ROCKY BLUFFS. I ENJOY IT BECAUSE IT'S A EASY WORK OUT TRAIL IN THE MORNING AND WE HAVE LOTS OF LOCALS THAT COME OUT AND THINK OF IT JUST AS THEIR DAILY WORK AND THEN WE HAVE OTHER PEOPLE DRIVING HERE AND MAKING IT MORE OF A DESTINATION HIKE AND MAKING A DAY OF IT.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY PARTICULARLY ABOUT IT AS FAR AS THE -- LIKE A BIG HIGHLIGHT OF IT?

TO ME THE HIGHLIGHT IS THE HISTORIC ROCK STRUCTURES AND 1.3 MILES IN THERE IS A HEXAGON SHAPED ROCK STRUCTURE WHICH IS MYSTERIOUS AND WE CAN'T FIND ANY LOCALS THAT KNOW THE BACKGROUND STORY ON THAT, SO WE'RE DOING RESEARCH TRYING TO FIND OUT ABOUT THAT. ANOTHER BIG FEATURE FOR ME IS GETTING OUT ON THE POINT OF THE LAKE AND LOOKING OUT OVER THE LAKE. THERE IS A HIGHER VISIBLITY POINT AND A TREAT TO SEE THE LAKE IN AN EYE SHOT LIKE THAT.

SO IF YOU'RE EVER IN THE ALMA AREA OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TAKE SOME TIME TO HIKE THE LAKE ALMA TRAIL. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED LIKE WE WERE WHAT A NEAT PICTUREST TRAIL THIS IS.

IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EASTERN ARKANSAS LIKE YOU MAY HAVE NEVER BEEN AWARE OF. 25 MILES OF MULTI-USE TRAILS HERE AT VILLAGE STATE PARK AND ONE WAY TO ENJOY THEM IS ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN BIKE. VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE ADVENTURE STATE PARKS BECAUSE OF THE MOUNTAIN BIKING OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE HERE. GUIDING US ALONG ON OUT OUTING IS PARK INTERPRETER ADAM LESLIE.

LIKE YOU MENTIONED WE HAVE 25 MILES OF MULTI-USE TRAILS OUT HERE AND HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYTHING. WE HAVE BIG HILLS IF YOU LIKE THOSE AND WE HAVE NICE TERRAIN FOR A NICE AFTERNOON RIDE.

LOOKING DOWN THE TRAIL HERE WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT UNIQUE NATURAL SEPARATION CALLED CROWLEY'S RIDGE HERE THAT RUNS THROUGH EASTERN ARKANSAS, AND THIS DEPICTS IT BEAUTIFULLY HERE.

YES IT DOES AND THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER EXCELLENT VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES ALONG THE TRAIL, MANY JUST LIKE THIS ONE.

WHAT'S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE SECTIONS IN THE PARK?

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SECTIONS IS SECTION A, AND IT'S GOT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THIS BACK HERE, BUT IT'S ONLY A LITTLE TIGHTER AND WINDS THROUGH AND IT REALLY FEELS LIKE YOU'RE IN A TUNNEL GOING DOWN THE HILL. IT'S A LOT OF FUN. YOU CAN BUILD UP SOME GOOD SPEED AND HAVE FUN GOING DOWN IT.

SO FOLKS CAN COME OUT HERE AND CAMP AND BRING THEIR MOUNTAIN BIKES AND HAVE A GOOD OLD TIME.

THAT'S RIGHT. THEY CAN.

AS ADAM MENTIONED THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY HERE WITH FOUR DIFFERENT TRAILS AVAILABLE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES RATED FROM EASY ALL THE WAY TO DIFFICULT. SINCE THE PARK LIES ENTIRELY UPON THE UNIQUE GEOLOGIC FORMATION CALLED CROWLEY'S RIDGE IT HAS FRAGILE SOIL KNOWN AS LOESS AND WIND BLOWN DEPOSITED. THEREFORE THE SOIL IS EXTREMELY EROSIVE AND THE MULTI-USE TRAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CLOSING FOR HORSES AND BIKES AT ANY TIME DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS AND IT'S BEST TO CALL AHEAD WITH THOSE CONDITIONS TO SEE WHICH OF THE TRAILS MIGHT BE CLOSED. SO ENJOY A WONDERFUL RIDE THROUGH THE WOODS THROUGH THE PARK NEAR WIND FORREST CITY.

WE'RE ON CROOKED CREEK HERE AT THE FRED BERRY CONSERVATION EDUCATION CENTER. A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON HERE. ONE A BLUE RIBBON SMALL MOUTH BASS STREAM AND SEVERAL REALLY NEAT HIKING TRAILS. FIRST WE WILL TRY OUR LUCK HERE AND DO A LITTLE SMALL MOUTH FISHING. THE FRED BERRY CONSERVATION EDUCATION CENTER COVERS 421 ACRES ALONG A TWO AND THREE QUARTER MILE BEND JUST WEST OF YELLVILLE.

WELL, CROOKED CREEK IS SOMETHING THAT IS UNIQUE IN SOME WAYS AND COMMON IN THIS AREA AND A O -- OZARK SPRING AND THE BASS ARE HERE AND BLUE RIBBON SPRING. SOME MAGAZINES HAVE LISTED IT HAS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION AND I HAVEN'T FISHED THE OTHER NINE BUT I KNOW THIS IS GOOD. A PERSON CAN COME HERE AND EXPECT TO CATCH HIGH QUALITY FISH AND FISH FROM THIS RIVER AND THAT'S THE LURE AND THAT'S IT AND IT'S A GREAT PLACE.

AND FISH THE WAY WE'RE DOING AND FLY FISHING FOR SMALL MOUTH IS PRETTY COOL.

IT'S SOMETHING I HAVE DONE FOR MOST OF MY LIFE. I LOVE TO FLY FISH AND THERE ARE OTHER WAYS AND MAYBE NOT THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WAY AND WE USE FLIES THAT ARE SIMILAR TO FOOD AND GRASSHOPPERS AND THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM IN THE FIELD, SO WE'RE CHOOSING TO FLY FISH, BUT YOU CAN CATCH WITH LIVE BAIT TO SPINNING ROD LURERS AND SUCH AND ANYONE CAN DO IT, BUT WE EMPHASIZE THE PROTECTION OF SMALL MOUTH BASS AND THIS WAS SET ASIDE AS A CATCH AND RELEASE STREAM ANYWAY SO WE COULD GROW THE FISH TO OPTIMIZE THIS AND THE SPORTING OF IT.

WOW AND A CREEK CRAWLER.

THAT'S AMAZING.

ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL? ALL RIGHT.

THAT'S KIND OF A TYPICAL -- 12, 13 INCHES OR SO.

ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU BOYS.

THE CONSERVATION EDUCATION CENTER ALONG CROOKED CREEK IS PRIMARILY GEARED TOWARD YOUTH AND GAINING A GREATER APPRECIATION FOR THE OUTDOORS SO THIS ON PARTICULAR DAY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AMBER RUSSELL WAS OUT HERE GETTING A FEW POINTERS ON FLY FISHING.

LIFT UP. LIFT UP HARD. GOT TO MAKE ALL THAT LINE GO BACK BEHIND YOU BEFORE YOU GO FORWARD.

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME BEING AT THE CENTER ITSELF, BUT WHAT FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN IT LOOKS INTERESTING TO STOP BY AND CHECK OUT WHAT IS ON THE BOARD AND THE PICNIC AND ALL OF THAT BUT MY FIRST FLY FISHING I REALLY ENJOYED. IT'S A LOT OF ARM AND WRIST MUSCLE MOVEMENT THERE AND I ENJOY IT VERY MUCH.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO CATCH SOMETHING.

YEAH.

AND YOU FLOATED OVER HERE BEFORE. TELL US ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE.

THAT WAS NEAT AND WE FLOATED FROM SNOW AND CLOSE TO HARRISON AND DOWN TO HERE AND WE SAW A BEAVER GO UNDERNEATH OUR CANOE AND WE HAD MORE RAPIDS AND A EAGLE SWOOPED DOWN IN FRONT OF US AND EAT ITS MEAL AND UP IN THE TREES AND IT'S LIKE WATCHING NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE.

THERE YOU GO. SO AS IT TURNED OUT THIS WAS AMBER'S FIRST TIME IN HANDLING A BABY WATER SNAKE. WE WERE ALSO EDUCATED ON SMALL MOUTH BASS.

ONE OF THE CHARACTERISTICS ABOUT THEM THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO CAMILLION AND IN THAT COLORERATION RIGHT THERE BUT IF YOU PUT HIM NEXT TO A DARK ROCK OR THE SHADE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT HE CAN START CHANGING AND SEE HOW THE SPOTS ARE COMING OUT. JUST A MATTER OF SECONDS THERE. AND THAT IS SORT OF THEIR ABILITY TO CAMOUFLAGE AND CAMILLION AND MATCH THE SURROUNDINGS.

THIS CONSERVATION EDUCATION CENTER IS NAMED AFTER RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER AND COUNSELOR FRED BERRY WHOSE GENEROUS DONATION MADE POSSIBLE THE CENTER AND RAN BY THE ARKANSAS FISH AND GAME COMMISSION.

I LIVED IN THIS AREA ALL OF MY LIFE AND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. MY CHILDREN RAN AROUND THIS AREA. I LIVE LESS THAN A MILE FROM HERE AND WHEN THIS PROPERTY CAME UP FOR SALE IN 1999 I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO CASH IN SOME CHIPS AND PROVIDE THE GAME AND FISH FOUNDATION WITH THE FUNDS TO PURCHASE IT. NOW, AT THE TIME WE REALLY HAD NO PLAN FOR WHAT TO DO WITH IT, BUT IT HAS EVOLVED CERTAINLY TO MY SATISFACTION. IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS.

NOW, YOU HAVE KIDS COMING HERE AND ENJOYING OUT DOORS AND ENJOYING NATURE, ALL THAT GOOD STUFF.

WHEN I WAS A CHILD SO MANY MORE PEOPLE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT INTO NATURE, AND YOU KNOW WITH MODERN CHILDREN THEY HAVE MUCH MORE OF AN APPRECIATION AND SYMPATHY FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT THAN MY GENERATION EVER THOUGHT ABOUT. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE DEMOGRAPHICS ARE SUCH THAT SO MANY OF THEM ARE SO SEPARATED FROM NATURE THAT THEY CAN'T MAKE AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION TO IT, SO I'M HOPING THAT THIS PLACE, AND PLACES LIKE IT AROUND THE STATE CAN PROVIDE THOSE KIDS ESPECIALLY URBAN CHILDREN WITH THAT EXPERIENCE. NOW, JUST BEING ABLE TO GET AROUND AND RUN AND CATCH KRAW DADS AND SWIM, FISH AND LEARN WHAT THINGS ARE, LEARN TO AVOID PLANTS THAT HAVE THREE LEAVES, POISON IVY, YOU KNOW, SO THAT'S WHAT I HOPE HAPPENS AND IT IS HAPPENING.

THAT'S GREAT. CONSERVATION LIES IN THE LAPS OF OUR YOUTH TODAY.

AND I FEEL THAT UNLESS THERE IS AN EMOTIONAL CONNECTION THAT YOU GET OUT THERE AND FIND A PLACE YOU LOVE THAT ALL THE KNOWLEDGE IN THE WORLD ISN'T GOING TO HELP. KNOWLEDGE PROVIDES US WITH THE TOOLS. THE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION GIVES US THE IMPETUS TO ACTUALLY GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING.

SO SPEND SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF AT THE FRED BERRY CONSERVATION EDUCATION CENTER ALONG CROOKED CREEK NEAR YELLVILLE AND FOR MORE ON THIS DESTINATION PLUS MANY OF OUR OTHERS OR TO ORDER A D.V.D OF THIS VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT TIME FOR ANOTHER EXCITING ADVENTURE ON "EXPLORING ARKANSAS".

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