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February 2013

Pigeon Roost Trail - A Hobbs State Park Gem


My relocation to Bentonville, Arkansas last summer rekindled my love for all things outdoors.  To help guide the exploration of my new home, I received a wonderful book for Christmas - "Arkansas Hiking Trails #3", written by TIm Ernst. It is a detailed guide to 78 selected trails in Arkansas.  With picture perfect weather for hiking (sunny, 65 degrees,and a light breeze), it was off to trail #56 - Pigeon Roost Trail.

Pigeon Roost is one of the many trails available in Hobbs State Park.  Hobbs is Arkansas's largest state park in land area, covering a 12,056-acre tract of diverse Ozark landscape along the southern shore of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake.  Pigeon Roost is a moderate hike with 4.2 and 8.4 mile loops.  I chose the 4.2 mile "Dry Creek" loop for my hike.  At about 1.9 miles, the trail opens to a beautiful view and direct access to one of the many fingers of Beaver lake.  The trail is well-maintained and a beautiful place to spend an afternoon hiking.