by Shannon Cay


ROGERS, Ark. – Officials with the Buffalo National River are inviting you to a 20-year-old tradition on the first day of a new year.

The First Day Hike is a way to promote both a healthy lifestyle throughout the year and highlights how exciting year-round recreation is at our national parks, according to park’s Interpreter Steve Chyrchel:



You can meet Chyrchel himself in the Van Winkle parking lot on Highway 12 at 10:00 a.m. for a 1/2 mile nature hike on the Sinking Stream Trail.

Folks are also invited to meet with special guides Jim and Diane Gately in the Van Winkle parking lot on Highway 12 at 2:00 p.m. for a 1/2 mile historic hike.  They will guide you through what was the Peter Van Winkle sawmill community.

If you like to venture on your own, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Park, just east of Rogers, offers 35 miles of trails of different lengths. For more information go HERE.