Dog Friendly Hiking in Arkansas!

Dog Friendly Hiking in Arkansas!


Over the past nine years I’ve circled
the globe seeking out exotic adventures in over 20 countries but I never dared
dream of finding myself deep in the wildernes of…. Arkansas? Before this trip Arkansas wasn’t exactly high on my list
of dream travel destinations but with only three days, a dog, and almost no
budget a road trip to Arkansas was the perfect retreat from the city. When Iborrowed waffle for this weekend away I discovered just how challenging it can
be to find places to hike and stay overnight with a dog. My ultimate solution of sleeping in the car two nights in a row wasn’t exactly ideal but
more about that later. Our first stop was pinnacle Mountain State Park where we hiked the West Summit Trail this trail is strenuous rocky and not recommended
for dogs but since Waffle is a champion hiker and also light enough to carry, we
decided to give it a go. waffle had no problem navigating the
terrain and we loved hanging out at the top of Pinnacle Mountain enjoying the view. On the way back down we encountered a news
crew who featured us on the weather report. Weather Man: Temperatures next couple
days back into the 80s so I think that makes us officially famous. The only thing left before driving to our campsite was
fixing up a quick camper’s meal *Claire accidentally burns herself and screams loudly* …and learning how to use a travel stove. Are you sleepy? The only way to pay for gas is to pay inside because of these old
old gas pumps, look how cute that is! It took two and a half hours to get to
our campground in the Ozark National Forest the next stop on our list and
that’s where things got a bit dicey… I am three minutes away from the campground. What am I supposed to do with this information? *mumbles* and it doesn’t even
look like anyone’s tried to get around it which means no one’s at the
campground…the campgrounds just deserted. Where am I supposed to go? Where are we supposed to go? Alright here’s the lay of the land. I have this little section
right here where it’s off the road I think I’m gonna have to sleep there. There’s no signal at all. Welcome to the creepiest night of my
life! There is no one anywhere! and I peed in a bush. At least I have a pretty nice bed going back here. I survived! I’m sitting in my car when a car
drives up and a guy walks up to me and says “Hey do you know this little side
road goes to a waterfall?” I was like I have no clue perfectly honest he’s like
“because I heard that this road is covered in waterfalls so we’re just going
to every single waterfall” and I was like that’s funny that’s what I’m doing today
too and it turns out that he has this gorgeous book full of information about
all the waterfalls on this road and they’re really confused because their
GPS doesn’t work here and they can’t find anything and I was like well funny
thing about that I have an offline map that will show us where all the GPS
coordinates are and so now we have teamed up and they’re right behind me
and we’re gonna find every single waterfall on this road and it’s gonna be awesome! Nothing’s marked at all so if you want
to do this I highly recommend buying a guidebook like the guy’s have. Ooh ooh ooh! That tree says Oxbow on it! That’s helpful. Alright so time to hike a little bit and
see where we end up. If you’re taking your dog out into the wild,
make sure they’re up-to-date on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
and check them for ticks regularly. Watch out for poisonous plants and animals and watch for signs of
overexposure to extreme temperatures. Be sure to share your fresh clean water with them and in general just keep a close eye on your dog. It is about 11:30 in the morning and
that may seem a little early for lunch but I woke up around 7:00 and I’m hungry, so I’m going
to go ahead and cook this now. It has to soak for 10 minutes so during the 10
minutes I’m going to hike to a waterfall and eat my lunch at the waterfall and
not have to carry all the cooking gear. I can’t believe I’m in Arkansas right now! Look at this! So when waffle first saw the horses she
had a little bit of a panic attack and in the process I knocked the drone into the river and only this little spot right here
fell into the water and it was not on, it wasn’t on when it fell so I think that
if I dry it out it should be fine. After taking a dip at Fuzzy Butt Falls
I made my way over to Six Fingers Falls and even had a chance to take a peek at
Falling Water Falls. From there I did the long bumpy drive over to one of the most famous natural spots in Arkansas Whittaker Point The moment of truth. It still works! We are taking a hike to Whittaker Point also known as Hawksbill Crag which is supposedly the most photographed place in Arkansas, so of
course I can’t come here without taking the pictures and flying the drone This is how tired Waffle is. It’s not a bad spot though huh Waffle? This experience right here is
easily worth the whole trip. I had no idea that I was gonna have
the whole thing to myself. Alright we are all business going back up.
Little Miss is so tired. I asked her if she could walk a little bit and she just
jumped on me essentially saying “NO” Oh man! What a day! *laughs* Yay! Now it’s time for tick check and
once we checked for ticks we’re going to Lake Ouachita?
*nods* Lake Ouachita! After turning off the main road probably five times looking at different
historical markers and random lakes and whatever detours that I could think of
that would be a good place to rest, I finally found a scenic area- it’s an
official recreation area for the park. It’s pretty far off the road has a
babbling brook, it has a bathroom. It’s super quiet and there’s no one here so this is
as good a place as any the rest cuz I’m tired and so is waffle. We need to go to bed ASAP. Time to go canoeing! With my last little bit
of time in Arkansas I rented a canoe and paddled around Lake Ouachita. The lake has 700 miles of undeveloped shoreline and over a hundred islands so you can
lose yourself for days on this lake if you want to. I only had the canoe for four hours so I got some
advice on where to go and hit the water. So right now we’re paddling away from the docks
and we are against the wind so this means it’s actually going to be much
easier to get back. Arkansas has so many gorgeous and
worthwhile scenic spots to visit and I’m so glad you guys got to join me. Thanks for watching and see you on my next trip! If I don’t get a shot of a chipmunk I’m
gonna be so cranky. I’m gonna have to come up with a strategy here. This chipmunk is so hecking cute. Hello Mr. Chipmunk! Hi! Can we be friends? I think we can be friends!

8 thoughts on “Dog Friendly Hiking in Arkansas!”

  • Robert Kitchen says:

    What a fun weekend! In spite of the challenges, looks like you had a great time. Sometimes the budget trips can make for some great memories.

  • Just beautiful, I love seeing Waffle again. =) Your father noticed the several bullet holes in the bathroom door. I am giving thanks to Hermes, the Greek God of crossroads! He protects travelers from evil on the road. In antiquity, travelers sought his protection as they made plans to venture about. Hermes was the son of Zeus, and he even wore a traveler's cap! Happy Travels!

  • Brianna Brennan says:

    It seems like drones and you have a complicated relationship. This was a fantastic video though! I loved all the scenic shots!

  • The Coddiwompler says:

    Haha, love the beginning. Really cool seeing these beautiful spots in Arkansas, proves you don't have to travel halfway around the world to see something amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

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