Getting outside is what the Boomers did as kids; however, today many parents today express concern about children’s alienation from nature, which Richard Louv described as “nature deficit disorder” in his bestseller, Last Child in the Woods.
Today the 52 State Parks of Arkansas provide fun, safe settings for families with children to enjoy the outdoors together, and Spring Break at your Arkansas State Parks, is one of those opportunities.
Take the family to Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area this upcoming Spring Break. Hobbs is located on Hwy 12 just east of Rogers, and is the largest state park in Arkansas with 12,056 acres. Go for a hike. Hobbs has 35 miles of trails. 24 of those miles are Multi-Use, meaning that you can ride your horse, non-motorized bike, or hike on these trails. 11 of Hobbs’s 35 miles of trail are for foot traffic only.
Other Spring Break activities at Hobbs include nature programs, a free talk on the famous Sanborn fire maps on Saturday the 22nd, and a fly tying workshop on Sunday the 23rd. Spring Break cruises on Beaver Lake are scheduled for March 23rd,
26th ,28th , and 29th. The Hobbs visitor center has outstanding exhibits of nature, history, and taxidermy of local wildlife. At Hobbs State Park you can learn about the now extinct passenger pigeon or visit the Historic Van Winkle Trail, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Get outside in your own “back yard” this Spring Break. Visit Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area, and beat that “nature deficit disorder”.
For more information about Spring Break activities at Hobbs State Park and how to sign up for the fly tying workshop or Beaver Lake cruises, call 479-899-5000 For on-line maps of Hobbs State Park and its trails, as well listings of Spring Break and other programs visit: www.friendsofhobbs.com www.arkansasstateparks.com/