Archives for May 2013

Buffalo River Trail – South Maumee to Highway 14

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Great Photos – Buffalo River Trail in Searcy County

—  The Buffalo River Trail segment between The South Maumee
Road and the Highway 14 Bridge is just over 11 miles in length and has some
stunning overlooks of the Buffalo River!  Kudos to the National Park
Service, Volunteer Coordinator Ken Smith, and dozens of volunteers who
helped to complete this beautiful trail!  At places the trail runs through
lush, dense, bottomland forests, and by contrast also winds along upland
ridges.  It also traverses beautiful glades with native wildflowers and
sometimes clings to the edge of near vertical hillsides.  Near the South
Maumee Road there are beautiful waterfalls after healthy amounts of rain.
There is a water crossing between the South Maumee Road and the Spring Creek
Road when the trail crosses beautiful Spring Creek.  Between the creek and
the Highway 14 bridge there are some majestic views of the Ozarks and the
Buffalo River far below.  Canoeists and sometimes soaring birds are seen
below the trail.  This trail can be strenuous at times and is not for small
children as there are dangerous drops nearby.  However, it is a spectacular
attraction for Searcy County!  Well worth the hike.

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Recommend bringing a camera or camera phone, strong hiking stick, sturdy
shoes, and having a pack with an ample supply of water and snacks.”
Remember to carry out all of your trash.  The trail is fairly well marked,
but sometimes switches back, look for white Park Service metal markers on
trees.  The trail sometimes runs along old roads as well.  Enjoy!

Click on the smaller photos for a slide show.

Veterans Program on Memorial Day

Please make time for Remembrance on Memorial Day.

The Veterans of Searcy County have a special Memorial Day speaker this year in Marshall on the courthouse square on Monday, May 27th at 11 a.m.  Major General (Retired) Ron Chastain, a former Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, will be the guest speaker.  General Chastain is a veteran of two wars and received his military commission through ROTC at Arkansas Tech.  He worked for over 30 years for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.  He currently serves as Senator John Boozman’s agricultural liaison in Arkansas.

After the ceremony on the square, you are invited to have a free lunch provided at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Marshall.

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Searcy County Chamber Collecting Donations for Moore, OK – UPDATE

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce will be collecting monetary donations to help the people in Moore, OK who were hit by a devastating tornado yesterday.   The chamber will be collecting donations thru next Thursday, May 30.   The drop off point for collections will the the First National Bank of North Arkansas, on the Square in Marshall.   Please make your check out to the Searcy County Chamber  and note “Moore Tornado” in the memo line.

100% of all donations go directly to Moore, OK to assist victims.    The chamber has set up a “Special Fund” account just for relief purposes.

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All donations will combined and sent to the Moore, OK  Chamber of Commerce where it can best be utilized in the area.

Please help as much as you can because these people are our neighbors, and they are truly in need at this time.

 

Kenda Drive In Free Screening – Frank Buckles – America’s last WWI Veteran

In conjunction with the Memorial Day weekend coming up, Kenda Drive-in will be showing a Free Screening Honoring our Heroes, about Frank Buckles, Pershing’s Last Patriot. Frank Buckles was America’s last WWI Veteran who died in 2011 at the age of 110. This is a very limited screening and only a handful of theaters in the entire State of Arkansas are participating. Come out on this Thursday night, May 23rd, at 8:30 P.M.,  and show your children what a real American hero was.

 

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Historical Society Meeting – Essie Ward

Painter Essie Ward, “Grandma Moses of the Ozarks”, and former Searcy County Resident, will be the topic at the Searcy County Historical Society meeting on Friday, May 24th.

The meeting will be held at the Petit Jean building on Airport Road in Marshall at 7:00 P.M.

Every popular Susan young of Shiloh Museum in Springdale will be the presenter.   She has been involved in Essie Ward research for several years and has helped produce the award-winning video of Essie Ward’s life and painting.

People are encouraged to bring unique and one-of-a-kind Ward paintings to show at the meeting.

Refreshments will be served.

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Pine Grove Trails

Welcome To Pine Grove Trails!

Located five miles southwest of Leslie, Arkansas on Searcy County road 41, the community of Pine Grove is located just across the Van Buren county line. This is the home of Pine Grove Trails. Born the year of 2004 on 4,500 acres of pine covered hills and valleys and all privately owned, Pine Grove Trails is the brain child of Freddy Sutterfield and Dennis Wood, who have been friends and riding and camping companions for many years.

During their many outings on this beautiful mountain, it seemed one or the other would always bring up the idea of being able to share this breathtaking scenery and secluded wilderness with others. In the winter of 2003, while the two sat cooking on an open campfire with a light snow falling, they made a pledge to each other that by the spring of 2004 they would begin offering trail rides to the public.

 

 

Pine Grove Trails is equipped with:

  • Miles of horse riding trails
  • Lots of clean horse stalls
  • Clean RV sites, complete with water and electrical hookups
  • Western style bath house, complete with hot showers and clean restrooms
  • Plenty of clean, scenic rest areas along the trail

You see, Freddy and Dennis are just good ol’ country boys who go to great lengths to make their guests feel right at home, with their old fashioned natural Southern hospitality. Once you meet them, you’ll feel that you’ve known them all your life!

Freddy and Dennis have got a lot more up their sleeves here at Pine Grove Trail Rides in the future, but for now,come enjoy all the wonderful things they’ve already done. Miles of cleared, marked trails, some with steep inclines, traveling under high bluffs (called Indian bluffs) where artifacts have been discovered throughout the years. Experience a breathtaking view from Lookout Point located in Van Buren county with a view of Searcy and Stone counties. Listen to the mountain stream inside a rock wall and feel the mystery at Running Rock. Relax to the serene sounds of water running in the clear blue streams at the various scenic rest areas along the trails.

Some of our trails are quite rugged, even for experienced riders, so be prepared to “COWBOY UP!”


Sorry, we do not provide horses, so bring your own, or come enjoy a vigorous hike through nature.

Directions to Pine Grove Trails

From Leslie, AR take Hwy. 65 South. Go approximately 1 mile to Searcy County Road 41, just past the Little Red River bridge and turn right. Go approximately 3.6 miles to Pine Grove Trail sign and turn left. Just follow the driveway from there. If you head in on Hwy. 65 from the south, watch for Little Red River bridge, Searcy County Road 41 on your left just before you cross the bridge.

 

To learn more, visit Pine Grove Trails’ Website at      www.pinegrovetrails.com , check them out on Facebook, or call   870-447-2367

 

 

 

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