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Eureka Springs Urban Hike, 5.3 mi, moderate, Luke Parsch, Hike Leader

Day, Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019

Name of Hike: Eureka Springs Urban Hike.

Location: Downtown Eureka Springs AR.

Type of Hike: Day-hike on byways, trails, stairways, residential streets, and commercial streets.

Hiking Distance: 5.3 miles.

Maximum Elevation Difference: 200 ft (five times up and down).

Rating: Moderate, due to undulating terrain, narrow and steep outdoor public stairways, slippery-when-wet paved areas, and chance of being hit by motor vehicles at multiple street crossings.

Features: This hike answers the question: “Where do all those stairways and trails go…” that you’ve seen when driving along Spring Street or Main Street on previous trips to Eureka Springs. We’ll begin near the Crescent Hotel/St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and make our way through residential and commercial areas of downtown Eureka Springs to Basin Park and then over to the East Mountain Overlook. By my count, we’ll go down and then up again around five times. Finally, I’ll propose that we finish the day at Sparky’s Roadhouse Café (across from McDonald’s) for a beverage and pub food.

Hike Leader: Luke Parsch (contact hike leader for more info).

Telephone & Email: 479-442-3817 (home landline) or lparsch@uark.edu or 479-935-0859 (mobile on day of hike).

Meeting Place and Time:

  • Meet at Root School, 1529 E. Mission Blvd in Fayetteville for carpooling for a 8:45 a.m. departure; or,
  • Meet at Harp’s Grocery on US Hwy 412 east (1945 Butterfield Coach Road) in Springdale at 9:00 a.m.; or,
  • Meet at the parking area between the Crescent Hotel/St. Elizabeth Catholic Church on 30 Crescent Drive in Eureka Springs at 10:15 a.m.

Driving Distance: 47 miles from the Fayetteville carpool to the trailhead at the parking area between the Crescent Hotel and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church on Crescent Drive in Eureka Springs.

Comment 1: Bring water, snack or lunch, rain gear, gloves, and wear hiking boots. No pets are allowed on any hikes, and children under 12 years are discouraged and must be accompanied by a guardian. Participants are required to sign a “liability release” http://www.ozarksociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/OS-Sign-Up_Sheet_rev4.pdf at the trailhead to take part in any Ozark Society outing. Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not. At the end of the hike, we’ll drive to Sparky’s Roadhouse Café http://www.sparkysroadhouse.com/ for lunch and pre-holiday socializing.

Comment 2: There will be two opportunities for a potty stop at public restrooms during the hike. (After all, we’re in town, so “just any big tree” along the route will not be appropriate when nature calls). Thus, try to pre-potty just before the hike begins.

Comment 3: We’ll be zig-zagging all over Eureka Springs, but if you don’t want to do the entire hike, you can leave the group at any time, as long as you can find your own way back to the parked cars at the trailhead between the Crescent Hotel and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

Pictures of recent OSHC Hikes:  Can be seen on Frank Millett’s  https://www.flickr.com/photos/101213226@N06/albums  and,

Luke Parsch’s  https://www.flickr.com/photos/153966631@N05/albums Flickr websites.