It was a day that cried out for a walk in the woods, so I settled on making my first trip to the legendary Hawksbill Crag. The elusive County Road 5 leading up to the trailhead is steep and narrow. A 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive is recommended. As I finished my lunch on the crag, I met two enthusiastic, local hiking groups. Both shared a wealth of information on area trails, rivers and road bike opportunities. Be sure to visit my friends at www.takahik.com and the TrailBlazers at www.thcfs.com.
This is a popular trail and destination. Count on seeing a good number of people along the way. As always, I experienced hospitality and good trail manners from everyone I met. I am told one of the hikers with the TrailBlazers is 85 years young. That’s all the inspiration I need to stay active.
This crag, also know as Whitaker Point, extends hundreds of feet above a lush forest valley and offers a stunning view as well as a great spot to eat lunch, take photos and enjoy the weather anytime of year. Check your map and GPS before you leave. County Road 5 or Cave Mountain Road is your turnoff from Highway 21 just south of the Boxley Baptist Church. It is not marked. You’ll turn right on a narrow dirt road just before the Buffalo River Bridge.
There is no shortage of neighborly, outdoor enthusiasts in NW Arkansas. Thanks to a tip from a couple on Cave Mountain Road, I topped off the day with a stop at the Tim Ernst photo gallery and open house. Now, get out and hike!