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Leatherwood Creek Bushwhack:  Choice 1 (creekside, 2 miles, moderate); or Choice 2 (creekside, scramble to chimney, 3 miles, difficult).  Judi Nail and Robert Medley, hike leaders.



The distance for the hikes is around 2 miles or 3+ miles for those going through the chimney.. Hikers can also visit the Villines historic farmstead which is near the parking lot.
Also, see below for a visit to “Blue Hole” on February 8th, a special interest area the Ozark Society is championing to become a wilderness area.

This week’s hike, Saturday, February 1, 2020: Leatherwood Creek (bushwhack)

Day, Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Location: Buffalo Nation River Park in Boxley Valley near Ponca AR

Type of Hike: bushwhack, although there are many social trails, hikers can opt in or out for the rock scramble to the “chimney”

Rating: Moderate for the creekside portion;  difficult for the scramble and “chimney” portion.

Hiking Distance:  The distance for the creekside hike returning to the trailhead is 2 miles;  the distance for the creekside plus scramble to the chimney portion is 3 miles.

Features: There will be two options, both will visit the box canyon. We will depart from the Ponca Low Water Bridge and follow Leatherwood Creek upstream, crossing and recrossing the creek until we arrive at a box canyon.  Once at the box canyon you can either turn around and go back to the trailhead or continue by climbing the steep wall and finding the “chimney” to go up to the Buffalo River Trail which will return to the parking lot. The creek has spectacular rock formations and cascades and is surrounded by some of the highest bluffs in the Ozarks. Hikers can also visit the Villines historic farmstead which is near the parking lot.

Hike Leaders: Judi Nail 870-421-6824 or jnail1113@gmail.com , Robert Medley will lead the return trip from the bluff shelter 417-274-7249 or  rww22@CenturyTel.net

Meeting Place and Time:

  • 8:30 a.m. departure from Root School, Fayetteville for carpooling, or
  • 9:15 a.m. quick-stop at the gas station/store in Marble AR, or
  • 10:00 a.m. at the Ponca Low Water Bridge parking area

Comments: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, gloves, and wear hiking boots. Bushwhacks are non-trail hikes which are more challenging than trail hikes. If you have never done a bushwhack hike, contact the hike leader first to find out about the challenges of the hike. No pets are allowed on any hikes. Minors must be accompanied by guardians, and children under 12 years are not allowed on difficult hikes. Participants are required to sign a “liability release” form 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.
member or not

The Blue Hole is an area that’s under stress from overuse by ATV’s and should be on our list to be the next Wilderness Area for the state. Let’s go see this special place and see the trouble. This is a bushwhack of 5 miles over steep terrain. Boots required and bring a lunch. Lots of waterfalls and rock formations. Be at the Morgan McDonald’s at 7:30am or at the Hector Ranger Station by 9:15

List of Hikes:
January 1 – 16th Annual New Year’s Day hike at Lake Fayetteville, led by Molly Saxon
January 4th – Lake Sequoia hike, led by Eunice and Frank Millet
January 11th – Waterfall Hike starting at Cherry Bend Trailhead, led by JB Clark
January 18th – “Round Rocks” hike in Upper Buffalo Wilderness, led by Terry Fredrick
January 25th – Bowers Hollow in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness, led by Terry Fredrick
February 1st –
February 8th – Brenda Brown will lead her birthday hike, hike by Ozark Society to Blue Hole, an area of concern
February 15th –
Saturday, February 22, 2020 – Norma Senyard will lead a hike to be determined
Saturday, February 29, 2020 – Thomas McClure will lead a hike to the Indian Creek are of the Mulberry River (once in 4 year opportunity to hike on this day)
Saturday, March 7, 2020 –
Saturday, March 14, 2020 –
Saturday, March 21, 2020 –
Saturday, March 28, 2020 –
Saturday, April 4, 2020 –
Saturday, April 11, 2020 –
Saturday, April 18, 2020 – White Rock to see Silver Bells (Fred Paillet)
Saturday, April 25, 2020 – Spring Meeting
Saturday, May 2, 2020 –
Saturday, May 9, 2020 –