I spent the weekend at or near Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas with a group from the Adventure Club. The main objective was to backpack the 15-mile Butterfield Trail (which is mostly next door in the Ozark National Forest) and then see some of the short trails in the park if time permitted.
We started at the Lee Creek trail head near campground “A” where we were greeted by an albino squirrel.
We crossed the creek, passed the walk-in camping area, and then headed up a long, but not steep, climb. After about 2.5 miles we left the park and entered the ONF.
The trails were well-marked with one notable exception but a map is still a good idea. There are a few horse trails in the area so those can be combined with the hiking trail to get some different lengths if desired.
The sky was overcast most of the time and we had a couple sprinkles while eating lunch Saturday. We knew before the trip that there was a good chance of some kind of rain on Sunday so I checked the forecast while we set up camp on Sunday. There was a “significant probability of severe storms” for northern Arkansas with reports of tornadoes and baseball-size hail in Oklahoma. We decided to pack and hike-out in the twilight to one of the park’s campgrounds so we could at least take shelter in one of the bathrooms if that came our way. Lesson learned: check the forecast before setting up camp!
Unfortunately, the light was too dim for my crappy camera to get many non-blurry pictures and the battery ran out of juice too so I don’t have many pictures from that area. Pictures don’t do it justice anyway. Go see it in person!
My SteriPen failed again, and this time the problem is the bulb. It’s a bit over a year old but has a 3 year warranty so I’ll see how that works out. Update: I sent it in for repair and had a replacement in 2 weeks.