It’s Elk Viewing Season!!

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Fall is here and the Elk are on the move in Searcy County.  You may have not heard, Searcy County has Elk!!  And we have a lot of them.  Arkansas Game and Fish’s official numbers total about 600 elk in the state,  Most are in Newton and Searcy County.  And even though Newton County has an annual Elk Festival, Searcy County can boast that we’re the “Elk Hunting Capital of Arkansas”, because for the past 2 years, more have been killed in Searcy County than any other county in the state.   Arkansas Game and Fish very carefully manages the herd, and a very limited number of tags (Normally about 20% of herd total) are drawn for hunters every year.

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Searcy County’s elk are mostly in two main areas of the county.  The Richland Valley in the western section of the county, and along the Bear Creek valley just west of Marshall.  Many visitors and travelers see the Bear Creek herd regularly in that 4 mile stretch right along Highway 65.    These are the two main areas, but elk might be seen just about anywhere along the Buffalo River, and some have recently been reported between Gilbert and Maumee South, along the river.

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So get out and enjoy our beautiful Searcy County fall scenery, and keep your eyes open for those beautiful elk!!

Brand New 2016 Community Guide is Complete

The brand new 2016 Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce Community and Relocation Guide is now complete and available on the Chamber website.

This year’s guide is even  bigger and better than last year’s, with 4 additional new pages (68 Total)  of things to do and see, and places to go while you’re visiting Searcy County.

If you are planning on moving to Searcy County, or just visiting,  this is the guide you need to have.

There are some great additions and changes in this years guide, some of them are:

  • All member listings are by category, and we have a new category index where you can quickly find what you’re looking for.
  • Members selling chocolate rolls are noted in the member listings
  • The Calendar of Events has been expanded, all big Searcy County Events are listed.
  • We have new pages about the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System, an update to the Hunting page and how Searcy County is the Big Game Hunting Capital of Arkansas, an update on Searcy County Agri-tourism,  11 Reasons to live in Searcy County, an update on the improvements at the Searcy County Civic Center, a feature on the Annual Pedestal Rock Bicycle Ride, a story about World Class Hiking in Searcy County, Kenda Drive-in’s 50th Anniversary,  and much, much more.
  • 2015 Chamber Award Winners are listed.
  • An brand new spread on 15 Searcy County Attractions!!

The printed version of the guide will be available soon, and approximately 8000 copies will be distributed to all 13 visitor centers across the state of Arkansas by the Arkansas Parks and Tourism office, the Little Rock Air Force Base and many other places around the state.

The guide is available online in PDF format, so if you have the PDF reader on your computer you should be able to view.  just click the front page of the guide below.

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New Member – Kindling Trail Cabin

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Kindling Trail Cabin as a new Member!!!

Nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just outside of St. Joe, AR, this  rustic-looking log cabin is waiting for your visit.  Just a short drive from the Buffalo River area on Highway 65 (3.5 Miles South of the Tyler Bend Recreation Area and 4.3 Miles North of the Sinclair Travel Center/High School Area in Marshall – Turn off Highway 65 onto Kindling Trail) and a short walk to scenic Bear Creek.

With all the amenities you expect, Refrigerator, Range, Microwave, Satellite TV (upstairs and down), 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeping room for up to 8 persons.  Come spend a Night, aWeekend or longer and leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.

For more information, photos, rates and for booking, contact Kindling Trail Cabins at www.kindlingtrail.com or phone 870-448-3210

 

CAUTION! You Might Not Want To Leave

FYI: We are located in a DRY county.  BYOB!

 

 

Bear Creek Log Cabins – Buffalo River Cabin Rentals

 

 

Looking for secluded Buffalo River Log Cabins to rent for Vacation?

Let our family home be your family’s home-away-from home. Relax in our cozy cabins and roam our 1,100 acre paradise.

Private and peaceful, our third generation cattle farm nestles along Bear Creek just before the creek enters Buffalo River National Park.

“One word: INCREDIBLE!” Jerry & Diane Moore, Cabot AR

You’ll find plenty of room to roam, lots of inspiring views, and just about everything any man, woman or child needs to unwind and get back in touch with our natural heritage and the healing inner quiet everybody’s looking for these days.

Visit Bear Creek Log Cabins for YOUR Buffalo National River Family Reunion or Vacation

Some folks say it’s a perfect log cabin rental resort for families, church groups, parties, family reunions, and just relaxing with friends. Others use it as a rustic hunting lodge, a remote fishing spot, or a home base for taking the kids ATV 4-wheeling and canoeing.

Whatever you’re looking for in Arkansas USA vacations for the family, we’ll help you find it. And we’ll make sure you enjoy your private getaway in our comfortable Buffalo River log cabins.

“We enjoyed our second visit as much as our first. Maybe we’ll see you again this summer.” Glen & Melinda B. — Russellville,  AR

Right in the heart of NW Arkansas

Our guests enjoy family day trips to nearby Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas as well as the Ozark National Forest and Blanchard Springs Caverns near the Ozarks Folk Center.

We’re just four minutes from Buffalo National River Park on US Highway 65 in the Middle River Section. Your perfect headquarters to float “The Buffalo,” hike the Ozark Highland Trail, and enjoy the scenic roads and trails the Ozarks are famous for with your motorcycle, four wheel drive, or mountain bike.

Welcome to our little corner of heaven!

You’re welcome to bring your ATV 4-wheelers  for four-wheeling, or your mountain bikes and your horses for trail riding.

You can enjoy hunting and fishing on our property at NO CHARGE as long as you have a valid Arkansas license and hunt or fish in a safe and legal manner.

You can easily obtain a hunting or fishing license from Arkansas Game & Fish Commission when you arrive.

We’ll be glad to help you plan your next MO – AR family reunion, vacation or week-end getaway.

“The cabin has so much character and charm. . .Your attention to detail is apparent. . . The decor is so cozy.” Tim & Susan Z. — Vilonia AR

Our VERY private vacation rental cabins offer a perfect family reunion location. Hunting clubs and large groups are welcome.  Each of our log cabins is unique, with completely different settings and decor. All cottages feature covered front porches and screened back porches.  We designed each of our vacation rental cabins to be roomy enough for a church retreat or a hiking club meeting yet cozy and private enough for romantic couples on a honeymoon or anniversary.

Contact Bear Creek Log Cabins  for Buffalo River Log Cabin Rental Information and Reservations

For more information about Bear Creek Log Cabins call 870-448-5926 or visit their website.

Bear Creek Log Cabins has  5 cabins available in various secluded locations.  For Booking information go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, you may have seen some of the many Elk pictures we have on our site.  All the elk pictures on our site have been taken either on property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins, or property directly adjacent to Bear Creek Log Cabins.  If you haven’t seen the elk pictures they are on featured areas of our website.

 

Bear Creek Elk, Searcy County Arkansas

Searcy County has it’s share of great wildlife, Elk are some very awe-inspiring creatures.

This was a herd of over 30 Elk, on Bear Creek, about 4 miles North of Marshall, just off  Highway 65.

These elk were located on the property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins.

I had to go to Harrison on Thursday and noticed a large herd of Elk on the west side of Highway 65, down on Bear Creek.   This is a fairly common sight, especially this time of year.   I was in quite a hurry, and of course, didn’t have my camera (except for a phone camera) with me anyway, so I decided to try again this morning a bit better prepared.   As luck would have it, the elk were in the same exact place this morning.   They are certainly beautiful creatures, and I know there are some folks that are probably tired of fixing fence that they tear down.  But for me personally, it is sure nice having them around.   In a few days, I’m going to try to come in from another direction and get a bit closer to them.

It was sure interesting to watch the large bull elk with his “ladies”.   After they spotted me, he started moving around, and snorting to the cows, herding them up in a smaller circle so he could “protect” them.  He was definitely the “alpha male”.    There did look to be a couple other bulls in the group that had already dropped their antlers.

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More Bear Creek Elk and Turkeys

Elk on Bear Creek in Searcy County, Arkansas

 

The elk down on Bear Creek have really been cooperating with me the last few days, so this morning I thought that after last nights rain it might be another good morning to catch them out in the open.  The elk were there, just a bit farther north today, up near the Bear Creek bridge.   I took a few shots from the truck, then tried to work my way a bit closer, among the cane and the tree line that follows the creek.   I wasn’t sure how close I could get, as they spotted me right away, but I eased along, snapping a few shots along the way.   Most of the elk crossed the creek on me however, (would have loved those shots) but I managed to get really close to 4 cows which didn’t make it across before I cut them off.

The 25 or so elk that crossed the creek had dug out a deep rut down the bank, which is their normal crossing spot.  They went right across the creek which was swollen from the rain to probably 5-6 feet deep and moving pretty fast.  Then they went up a really steep bluff.  It’s really amazing where they can go.   Hope you enjoy these elk photos, and I plan to get some more hopefully even better ones in the days ahead.  Would love to camp out somewhere along the hill and get them crossing the creek and coming up toward me.  Those would be some great shots.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the bull today, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  With wildlife sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

As I was coming back toward Marshall, I spotted about 30 turkeys and managed to get a couple shots of them before they flew over the highway.  Would have loved to get those pictures, but wasn’t fast enough today.  Hopefully I’ll get another chance on that later.

If you like wildlife, Searcy County is a great place to see it.

The elk in these pictures were located on the property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins.