When an open weekend recently came up on my calendar I jumped at the chance to get outdoors. I hadn’t backpacked since November so my mind was craving the wilderness and campfires.
Having done most of the trails within the BNR (Buffalo National River) I decided to try something fresh. Using Tim’s Ernst’s Ozark Highlands Trail Guide book, I determine the Hurricane Creek Wilderness area would be a great place to explore.
I won’t go into extensive detail but here are a few highlights
- Big Piney Creek trailhead is a pretty long drive from Springdale.
- The ‘Bridge’ as locals call it, was built in 1931.
- The elevation gain is quick during this section of the OHT ~ 760 feet in just over a mile. But the views of Sugar Creek are worth it.
- Hurricane Creek was pretty high, however, about 100 yards upstream was an easy place to cross (albeit cold).
- The maps at ouachitamaps.com are very handy. I used this one.
- Natural Bridge is an impressive rock formation. I recommend hiking to the top if you have time.
- The campsite recommended by Tim was excellent. I can see why he enjoys spending so much time here. The sound of rushing water is very soothing.
- Cedar Limb Hollow, with its building sized boulders and extensive waterfalls, was gorgeous.
- My new REI Quarter Dome T2+ tent was easy to setup and made for a great lightweight shelter.
- I am really liking chicken and cous-cous for dinner on my backpacking trips.