Stepping Out on Sugar Loaf Mountain – Reflections of the Natural World


Adventures in Arkansas Blog Series: Post # 3

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On the 2nd anniversary of my sibling’s translocation from California to Fairfield Bay, Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas, I lastly entered “The Natural State” to pay her and the rest of the household a long-overdue check out. Arkansas is a state with a varied and abundant natural heritage when it comes to its bird life. The state’s place in the south-central United States, in addition to its diverse environments, such as forests, mountains, wetlands, and fields, make it a hotspot for birdwatching and preservation.

Adventures in Arkansas is a Reflections of the Natural World Blog Post Series by Jim Gain

First Stop: Greers Ferry Lake, Fairfield Bay Marina

After the early morning 2-hour bird census from the Hartley’s Sanctuary, our strategies were to board the Joyful Cruiser, a 25 ′ Tritoon Sunlounger with a 150 hp Honda Outboard, motor for a get-aquainted trip of Fairfield Bay and Greers Ferry Lake.


At the foot of Round Mountain in the stunning Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas stands Greers Ferry Dam. Behind that structure sparkles among the primary leisure locations in the center United States, Greers Ferry Lake. With over 30,000 acres of water surface area, the lake functions as a play ground for all type of water sports. Eighteen parks around the coastline supply modern-day camping sites, boat launches, swim marinas and locations.

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The circulation of the Little Red River was unchecked throughout the very first half of the twentieth century, leading to practically annual flooding downstream. In 1938, Congress passed the Flood Control Act, which licensed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop dams on the majority of the nation’s significant free-flowing river systems, consisting of the Little Red River. In 1960, building and construction started all at once on the Beaver and Greers Ferry dams. Greers Ferry Dam, called after a ferryboat run on the Little Red River near where the dam was constructed, was finished in 1962 and was devoted on October 3, 1963, by President John F. Kennedy, in what would be among his last significant public looks prior to his assassination. The dam determines 1,704 feet in length and stands 243 feet above the streambed of the Little Red River. It cost $46.5 million and produced a tank of in between 30,000 and 40,000 acres, depending upon water level, and over 340 miles of coastline in Cleburne and Van Buren counties.

Second Stop: Sugar Loaf Mountain National Recreation Trail


Located in the middle of Greers Ferry Lake, Sugar Loaf Mountain island stands 1000 feet high, using scenic views atop among the country’s very first designated National Scenic Trails. 2 island routes to check out deal experience for hikers. See plants and animals belonging to Arkansas, natural stone and bluff developments, and puts taken along the method to the leading deal incredible views.

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Once we were sitting at the Dock of the Bay, Gary and I set out to do a fast reconnoiter of the basic location and to get a feel for how tough the path may be. With me in my shoes and neither people bring water, we launched the path. I took a fast shot with my iPhone of the island path system and didn’t see the information about the path. We were surrounded by great deals of birds and there was a mild, cool breeze so we sort of simply kept going … UPWARDS! We began first off the Terrace Trail which was rather high, however oh so stunning.

And then came the turn off to the Mule Trail. Once again, upwards, however with a bit more gusto. Soooo numerous actions …

But when we were at the top, the view was breath-taking! (Or was it the walking that was breath-taking?)

Two-hours in the future the method back down, we observed the phrasing for the Mule Trail; “ Mule Trail: Difficult path that causes the mountain top. The Mule Trail has really high actions, high stairs, high bluffs and tough walking conditions” All I understand is this 65-year old had a heck of a tough time staying up to date with the practically octogenarian!

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Perhaps due to an extreme quantity of huffing and puffing, I was just able to get good pictures of one types, the Pine Warbler.

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