Hiking From the War Eagle Trailhead
Leaving Eureka Springs, take Arkansas Highway 23 South for 20 miles to Withrow Springs State Park. The hiking trail is well marked and starts at the bridge near the southwest entrance to the park.
You will head out under the bridge and up some stairs to the ridge that follows War Eagle Creek for the majority of the trail. This part is pretty level. About 0.5 miles into your hike you will come to War Eagle Cave. You will not be able to enter the cave due to a problem that is impacting the bat population here in the state. The next portion of the trail requires caution as it follows along a rocky ridge that climbs about 150 feet to the top of a bluff overlooking the countryside. This is a very pretty part of the trail. You can return to the trailhead or head off toward the Dogwood Nature Trail. The Dogwood Nature Trail is named for the many flowering dogwood trees along it’s path.
The trail is 2 miles round trip and will take you approximately one hour. It is classified as Strenuous or Moderate depending upon the source. The trail is named for War Eagle Creek that is unique in that it flows north from the headwaters in the Boston Mountains instead of south.
Time for Food
When you get back to your car, you will have worked up an appetite. Drive five miles further to the town of Huntsville. Check out Granny’s Kitchen, one of those restaurants that everyone knows about for miles around. Open every day from 6:00AM-2:30PM. Southern home-cookin’—pot roast, fried chicken, ham & beans and chicken and dumplings. The experience won’t be complete without having a piece of Granny’s pie. If you have the pie, you may need to find another trail.
In our post on March 31st we talked about the Goldfinch changes color for the season. Thought you might like to see a photograph of one of the males in his new coat. They come for breakfast every morning about the same time as our guests come down to The Morning Room for Breakfast. It’s great entertainment for all of us.
Many people come to this area to walk in the woods and see the awesome bird life we have in this part of Arkansas. At breakfast the other morning our guests decided it wasn’t necessary to go anywhere but to just look out the windows of The Morning Room while they were having breakfast and watch the show. In less than an hour an incredible array of bird life arrived at the feeders in the back patio.
We saw the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chicadee White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Eastern Towhee (who passes through each year), Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay and Mourning Dove. All of these while they were having breakfast at The Inn at Rose Hall.
Each winter we feed a flock of about 30 American Goldfinch on the garden patio. Their coloring is rather drab all winter long. But around Easter time every year the males begin to put on their spring suits and the patches of bright yellow begin to show.
The entire patio is lined with Forsythia Bushes which is one of the first spring shrubs to bloom a vibrant yellow every year. Both the birds and the Forsythia reach their full color at about the same time. It looks like we have flying Forsythia in the garden patio for several weeks each spring. Then the Goldfinches move on to do their thing and return in the fall to settle in to spend their winter hiatus with us once again.
Eureka Springs - Grotto Springs at Christmas
Time around the holidays is so precious. We’ve lived in Eureka Springs now for seven years and there are so many things we have never taken the time to do. Tonight I took time to drive around the Historic Loop and view the Christmas decorations. Outstanding!
Many of our visitors to the Inn at Rose Hall comment about how pretty the gardens are here in Eureka Springs. It doesn’t matter if it is spring, summer, fall or winter, they are outstanding. Our very creative city gardener, DonE Allen, has outdone himself this fall and winter. He has created arrangements in the bird baths at each of the major springs and the entrance parkway to our village that are spectacular. And it’s done on a shoestring with DonE collecting treasures all year to spray paint and glitter. Make a point of looking at this man’s masterpieces the next time you are here in Eureka Springs.
Eureka Springs - Fall Gardens at Harding Spring