Hunter and I decided our Saturday morning would begin with an adventure at this state park near Rogers on our epic road trip along US Highway 71 from the Louisiana border to the Missouri State Line. It's one of the state parks my daughter hasn't visited, and I knew she'd have a great time. But I wasn't certain what'd be out to see in the woods, since it was so early in the season.
We were surprised to see a crowd - including school buses and lots and lots of cars. There's a lot going on during the weekends at Hobbs, we're guessing.
On the way out to the park, Hunter had mentioned it was great we were going out into the untouched woods. But this isn't pristine land. In fact, for a long time, its pines and hardwoods were harvested for the first steam-powered lumber mill in the state.
Wagon maker Peter Van Winkle purchased this land back in the 19th century for its timber, and he became the largest lumber producer in the area. The wood from his mill was used over several counties and in many structures, including the Old Main building at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The roads that were cut to move that lumber from tree to market became many of the main roads still used in northwest Arkansas.
After Van Winkle died, his heirs lost much of the land. Some of it was bought by Roscoe Hobbs to supply his tie and timber company, the Hobbs-Western Tie Company, in 1928. He later purchased the Van Winkle estate in the 1940s. When he died in 1965, his estate gave the first option to purchase the land to the state, but lacking funds, it wasn’t bought. The Nature Conservancy finally bought the land in 1979, and later that year it became Hobbs Conservation area. It received its new name in 2002 and became Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, and its 12,056 acres is run jointly by Arkansas State Parks, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and Arkansas Game and Fish.
Another interactive kiosk lol hunter to take a look at all the different sorts of insects, including butterflies, that can be found in area around Hobbs State Park Conservation Area near Rogers. #hobbsstatepark #conservation #arstateparks #arkansasstateparks #visitrogers #SpringBreakOn71 #openroadtrip #visitarkansas #us71 #openroad #epicroadtrip #cbopenroad #hondaroadtrip #arkansashighways
When we had finished exploring the exhibits in the museum, we came out to find one of the folks at the state park explaining to a couple the way you can tell if the shedded skin of a snake came from a poisonous snake or a non-poisonous one. There was also a table set up showing different items from the woods you might find in your own yard, from pine cones to oak galls.
The land within the borders at Hobbs includes ridges and valleys, hilltops and hollows, densely
Hunter then sat down and colored with new-
There are lots of kids activities planned at Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area throughout the year, and school groups are welcome. It’s also the only Arkansas State Park where limited hunting is allowed, and it’s the only place in the whole state with a public outdoor shooting range with a bullet trap (it’s closed on Mondays for maintenance).
Hobbs State Park Conservation Area is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Hobbs State Park Conservation Area at (479) 789-5000 or check out the park’s website.