HARRISON, Ark. -- The Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (NAPHE), Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks program, announces that November will once again be recognized as “Hike the Buffalo” month.
The hikes will take place each Saturday in November. A different hike will be featured each week with a leader taking you to each location and hiking with you throughout the day.
“When you live in Harrison, Arkansas, you understand how fortunate we are to live so close to the Buffalo National River and how easy it is to access the many trails," said Terry Cook, Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director.
"With that said, we want to encourage our residents as well as share with visitors to the area how easy it is to access great hiking trails in our backyard. November is the perfect month to feature outdoor activities as the temperatures are ideal for hiking and the first frost has already happened so the insects are no longer abundant.”
He added: “This year, in partnership with the Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks program we have recruited a group of community leaders to 'Hike the Buffalo' in November.”
Guided hikes for 2012 include:
* Nov. 3 -- Buffalo River Trail. Guided by Cindy Miller.
* Nov. 10 -- Hawks Bill Crag Trail. Guided by Rick Hinterthuer.
* Nov. 17 -- Lost Valley Trail. Guided by Cindy Miller.
* Nov. 24 -- Steel Creek Trail. Guided by Howard Kuff.
The hikes will start each morning on the dates above at 8 and the departure point will be the 1929 Hotel Seville in downtown Harrison. Hikers will meet in the lobby of the hotel, carpool to the trailhead and be led by community leaders.
All ages of hikers are encouraged to attend as each trail is rated easy. Allow a minimum of three hours for hiking, plus travel time.
Cindy Miller, director of Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks said: “The Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks program is excited to be involved in this project. Our goal is to encourage families to become more active, and by doing so become healthier.
"Hiking is a wonderful way to gain much needed exercise, and at the same time have quality family time and meet new people. Each of the trails that have been selected is very easy and perfect for all fitness levels. Hikers that wish to walk fast can do so, and if you want to be leisurely in your walk that is okay also. There is no pressure on these hikes as we are there to have fun.”
It is recommended to wear comfortable, warm clothing in layers so you can easily add or decrease layers as the day heats up or gets cooler. It is also suggested to wear comfortable hiking shoes, as well as, to bring water, snacks and a lunch. Pack all in a small backpack for easy transport.
For more information on the scheduled hikes, contact Healthy Kids Healthy Ozarks Director Cindy Miller at (870) 391-3523, or contact the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau at (870) 741-1789.
For lodging reservations, visit www.HarrisonArkansas.org.