Sid & Jeanette Vogelpohl’s 50-acre place, just south of Paris (Logan County), is criss-crossed by trails. The house site is surrounded by native plants (plus non-native favorites) and provides a nice view of Mt Magazine. The hike will be from the top of Pine Ridge (post oak/hickory/lip fern) down sandstone ledges, cliffs and talus slopes to Short Mountain Creek (maples/birch/royal fern) 200 feet below. A great variety of habitats ranging from rocky glades to wetlands. Flowers that may be blooming include fire pink, western daisy, rock geranium, crested iris, yellow pimpernel, Solomon’s seal, golden Alexanders, beard tongue, goat’s rue and St. John’s-wort.
Whereas previous hikes at the Vogelpohl’s have largely stayed off steeper slopes, this hike will follow trails along steep slopes (short segments suitable for mountain goats) so should be considered strenuous. (Those who do not care for a strenuous hike may stay near the house.) Bring a picnic lunch to carry with you. Please contact the Vogelpohl’s the week before to allow for a “head-count” and for directions. House location: 2480 South Hwy 309; turn east one mile south of Paris Square and follow Hwy 309 for two miles to address. Time: 9:45 AM with no set end time. Home phone: 479-963-1528. firstname.lastname@example.org
Field trips of the Arkansas Native Plant Society are for members. Botanists from around the state lead these educational walks. While on the trails, participants may ask questions, take photographs, and learn about the ecology of the area.
Membership information is available here.