Posted by Jessie K / Wednesday, September 25, 2013 / No comments / Creeks and Swimming Holes , Hiking , Hobbs State Park , Kid Friendly , Northwest Arkansas , Search by Region , State Parks , Things to Do
Historic Van Winkle Trail at Hobbs State Park
The Historic Van Winkle Trail is located at Hobbs State Park in Rogers, AR. The trail meanders through the stone remains of the old home and mill sites of the Van Winkle family who lived there during and after the Civil War. There are several interpretive signs along this 1/2 mile trail, and guided tours are also available (info below). I wouldn't call it a hike really, it's more like a very easy scenic walk through the woods. It's a gorgeous area though and you'll find a beautiful bluff lined stream and lots of wildflowers and wildlife in the warmer months. If you have kids, this is a perfect family trail.I backpacked my 2 year old, but he could have easily walked this trail on his own.
-Directions: Take hwy 12 east out of Rogers. The parking lot and trail head is on the right a couple miles after you cross the lake. You'll see Hobb's State Park's large signs along the way which have arrows to point you in the right direction. Keep a lookout for the parking lot area (picture below)
-Trail difficulty: EASY/Kid Friendly
-Length: 1/2 mile loop
-Dogs on leash permitted
-Open year round
-Guided tours available- (479) 789-5000
To get to the start of the trail, you've got to cross under hwy 12 via this tunnel,
which my kids thought was really cool.
My oldest son's favorite part about the history of the site was the remains of shed where they kept their more perishable foods. They built a small shed above the stream to store their eggs, meats, cheese, etc. The cool stream kept their food from spoilage. My son thought this old "refrigerator" was a really smart idea, although he did wonder if they liked having to walk so far to get to all their "fridge." :)
We ended the Van Winkle Trail with a nice picnic lunch, then we headed out for the Sinking Stream Trail which is accessed in the same parking lot. You can see our walk on the Sinking Stream Trail, HERE.