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Friday, July 19, 2013

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail- Belle Vista, Arkansas

Posted by Joe 

Location: Tanyard Creek Nature Trail- Belle Vista, AK
Date: 7/18/2013
How far we went: 1.4 mi
How long it took us: Didn't keep time
Elevation reached: No GPS
Weather: Sunny

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail is a short looping trail within the town of Belle Vista, Arkansas. We took the 1.4 mile loop. The trail consists of a stream, a bluff, a cascade and a waterfall. The waterfall was very inviting with perfect access to get underneath for a refreshing shower. At the bottom of the cascade there was a pool with at least 4 varieties of fish from small Minnows to Black Carp about 18" long. This trail is definitely worth checking out. It is easily accessible, dog- friendly and packed with features.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gorge Trail, Ohio Metro Parks System- Akron, OH

Posted by Joe

Location:Gorge Trail, Ohio Metro Parks System- Akron, Ohio
Date: 7/16/2013
How far we went: 2.5 mi
How long it took us: 1:20
Elevation reached: 1,020
Weather: Sunny, warm.

So I stopped at my childhood stomping grounds today in Akron, OH. This trail is part of the Ohio Metro Parks system which is located outside of the Cuyahoga Falls National Park. This 2.5 mile round trip hike, the Gorge trail, consisted of rock outlays and overhangs, a cave, and a ripping man made waterfall. I have always had fond memories of these parks and I was even more impressed after this visit 20 years later. There is a small mowed field good for picnics. The whole trail is shaded. Take the stones to walk across the bottom of the waterfall, take a dip in the water or just catch some rays in one of the many sunny areas.