January 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2021
First Day Hikes & Drop-in Booth
(10:00-4:00 each day):
Start the New Year off right! Plan on doing a self-guided First Day Hike anytime between dawn and dusk on the “First Weekend”, January 1st – 3rd. Before heading out you’re welcome to stop by our drop-in booth on the front porch of the Visitor Center anytime from 10 am–4 pm for suggestions on trails to hike to suit your needs. We have 52 miles of trail to choose from! Create a new tradition!
Other things to do at this outdoor station while maintaining social distance:
Keep track of the miles you hiked and afterwards, go to:
www.ArkansasStateParks.com/FirstDayHikes to log your First Day Hikes in an Arkansas State Park during the “First Weekend” and everyone in your group will receive a free sticker!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the higher numbers of infection that are taking place across the state, the Visitor Information Center will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice. ALL Arkansas State Park visitor centers, museums, and some other facilities will now be open just 5 days a week. In addition, park restaurants and two marinas at Arkansas State Parks will see a reduction of operating hours to efficiently manage available resources.
For the full story, here is the link to the Arkansas State Park press release:
Meet Sarah and Paul Heer, video bloggers. They recently visited Hobbs to do one of the many blogs that they have put together on various Arkansas State Parks under the banner of "Arkie Travels". Their goal is to video blog all 52 of Arkansas’s state parks this year!
Check out all of their blogs at: https://www.facebook.com/watch/ArkieTravels/
Hobbs SP-CA has received the green light to create a volunteer team to do a collection of native plant seeds on Hobbs through Project Wingspan. Park Interpreter Chris Pistole will be the team leader. We are looking for volunteers to join in this exciting conservation program which will help us increase the quantity, quality, and connectivity of wildlife habitat through the collection and distribution of native wildflower seeds.
See our Home page for more information.
Check out this fun new Blueberry's Clubhouse video from Arkansas State Parks featuring Hobb's own Kiara Bjornstad and Chris Pistole. Take the link for a cute and informative kid's video on how to "take a hike!"
Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Something to add some value to your next hike? Download and print a copy of the Hobbs Scavenger Hunt, or pick one up at the Visitor Center!
All around us are many “hidden wonders”—small animals, plants, and fungi—that may not be as engaging as deer or turkeys, but are just as important to the ecosystem. By carefully looking for the items below as you explore the park, you can discover these hidden wonders and learn how they help this ecosystem. If you look under a rock or log remember that it could be an animal’s home, so please move items very gently, then leave them as you found them when you’re done exploring. Remember to take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, and leave only your footprints behind! By practicing these Leave No Trace principles, you’re helping us protect this wonderful park!
The Scavenger Hunt PDF can be found HERE on the Arkansas State Parks website!
Today we planted 2 Ozark Chinquapin saplings and over 40 germinated seeds at Hobbs! These are very special saplings and seeds as come from trees that are the most resistant to the chestnut blight that nearly wiped this important Ozark forest species out. This is a different species from the Chinquapin Oak, which is not affected by the chestnut blight. These saplings and seeds are the best hope for the future of this tree at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area and throughout Arkansas. If they survive and eventually produce blight resistant seeds, they will be distributed to other State Parks and other places where the Ozark Chinquapin was once found in hopes of re-establishing them. Pictured is volunteer Al Knox (formerly in charge of trail maintenance at Hobbs and Ozark Chinquapin enthusiast), and Volunteer Coordinator Carla Berg. For more info on the Ozark Chinquapin, visit the web site of the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation.
CHRIS PISTOLEPark Interpreter
Park Interpreter Chris Pistole has published a couple of beautiful wildflower photo essays on the Arkansas State Park website. You can enjoy them here:
Don't Miss the Joy of Spring Wildflower Explosion
What Do Wildflowers Mean to You?
March 7, 2020 will be a day of fun-filled activities as Hobbs State Park celebrates the life and extraordinary career of Aldo Leopold with down-to-earth family activities. Leopold is the author of A Sand County Almanac. The book has had an immensely popular impact nation-wide and has been described as "a major influence on American attitudes toward our natural environment". Leopold, considered by many, as the “Father of Wildlife Ecology”, remains undeniably relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. Activities at Hobbs State Park include:
9:00 am - 10:30 am: Birds & Breakfast: See live birds captured in the Park by University of Arkansas ornithologists, tagged, and then released. Bring your camera for super close photos. Juice, coffee, and muffins provided free by Wild Birds Unlimited, The Bluebird Shed, and 3-D Pet Products. Come and go as you please.
10:30 am – 2:00 pm: Making a Nature Journal & Bluebird Tabletop Booths: Volunteers will help you make a nature journal of your own to record personal observations of nature. Another booth will have Eastern Bluebird nest box kits to give away until they run out. You can also learn more about the brightly colored bluebird and get a tour of some nest boxes near the visitor center. Come and go as you please.
11:00 am – 11:30 am: Black Bear Hike: Black bears were once so plentiful in Arkansas that our state was unofficially known as “The Bear State”. Join Park Interpreter Kiara on a short, .25-mile hike along the Ozark Plateau Trail to learn about the history, current status, and other interesting facts about this magnificent mammal.
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Shaddox Hollow Trail Hike: Join Park Interpreter Chris on this 1.5-mile, moderately difficult loop through the hills of Shaddox Hollow. The group will look for signs of spring as Chris shares some passages from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. Meet at Shaddox Hollow Trailhead on Hwy. 303 one mile north of Hwy. 12. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Pooch Prowl: Bring your furry friend to the Park as we hike along the Ozark Plateau Trail. Learn how the “Leave No Trace” principles apply to our four-legged friends while enjoying the great outdoors together. All dogs must be on a leash.
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Screening of “Green Fire”: Join us for this film about the conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold.
Location: Hobbs State Park visitor center on U.S. Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When: March 7, 2020, with activities: 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Cost: Free - The public is encouraged to come
For more information, call: 479-789-5000
Fern is a group of plants that can be found all over the world. Ferns are one of the oldest plants ever grown on earth. This kind of plant inhabited earth about 200 million years before the first dinosaur ever hatched from its egg.
Early fossil records show that giant tree ferns and cycad palms were the only plants for millions of years. The organic matter of these ferns and cycads accumulated to such a thickness that they were deposited in deep layers, and combined with the Earth’s heat, were compressed and converted to create the coal, gas and oil deposits that we use as our main sources of energy today.
Ferns don’t flower, but have true roots, stems, and complex leaves and reproduce by spores. There are over 10,500 species of ferns, some of which can live up to 100 years.
Between 1974 and 2005 Dr. Klingaman worked at the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture with his time divided between Extension responsibilities and teaching/research. From 2010 through 2018 he served as operations director for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
If you want to learn about all the beautiful fern species that we have in NW Arkansas, how to recognize them when you’re out hiking, and how you might use them in your own landscaping, join Gerald Klingaman at Hobbs State Park on March 22nd.
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection
When: Sunday March 22, 2020 2:00 pm
Cost: Free – The public is invited
For more information on Hobbs programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rental: Call: 479-789-5000
Copyright 2019 - Friends of Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Send mail to: PO Box 802, Rogers, Arkansas 72757-0802
Located at: 20201 East Hwy 12 - Rogers, Arkansas 72756