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Hobbs State Park – Karst Trail, 6 miles, moderate trail hike, Jeff Montgomery, Hike Leader.
The Karst Trail is part of the Monument Trails system donated by the Walton Foundation. It was recently completed this summer and is a shared mountain bike/hiking trail.

Day, Date:  Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Name of Hike:  Karst Trail, part of Monument Trail at Hobbs State Park

Location:  Hobbs State Park, 14 miles east of Rogers AR on AR Hwy 12

Type of Outing: Day Hike

Hike Distance: 5.5 to 6 miles.

Elevation Gain: 100 – 200’ at most. Gentle gradual climbs.

Rating: Moderate. We will only be doing a portion of the 7.8 mile trail focusing on the section with views of Beaver Lake.

Features: Views of Beaver Lake with areas of trail right next to the lake. As we end, the hike will pass by rock features along the way while zigzagging thru ravines and rolling hills. We will take a break for snacks at one point by the lake. After the hike for those interested we’ll have our normal snacks/cold beverages just off the trail on property I recently purchased less than 1/4 mile off trail. I’ll have a picnic table or two and a few chairs. Might be a good idea to bring a chair if you want to make sure you have a seat.

Hike Leader:  Jeff Montgomery, 479-236-7247 (mobile) or jeffmontgomery@earthlink.net (email)

Meeting Place and Time:

  • Meet for carpooling at Harps Grocery Store parking lot (near Auto Zone) on Highway 412 east of Springdale for an 8:15 am departure, or
  • Meet at Hobbs State Park Visitor Center At 9:00 am.  Park to right of visitor center as you enter.

Driving Distance:  From Harps on 412 in east Springdale the distance is 22 miles to trailhead.  Driving distance from downtown Rogers is around 20-25 minutes.

Comments: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, bug spray, long pants (ticks are out), gloves, and wear hiking boots. No pets are allowed on any hikes, and children under 12 years 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  to take part in any Ozark Society outing. Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not.