Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cabot Walks The Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Off the beaten path in Bella Vista, Arkansas, below the Windsor Lake Dam, is a beautiful well maintained nature trail, commonly called Tanny Creek Trail. Here we are enjoying a beautiful walk through the natural world of Northwest Arkansas.

The beautiful waterfall created by run off of Windsor lake is a favorite resting place with a well placed bench and fenced concrete viewing area.  Rapids created by the falls present a wonderful recreation area for more daring adults and children alike who don't mind getting a bit wet.  

Signs of wildlife abound if you care to look for them and the deeper pockets of the creek are full of fish of all sizes.

Snakes are a common site in the creek (and sometimes sunning themselves beside the paths) but are mostly harmless and not a threat if they are left alone.  Contrary to popular belief, water moccasins are not a common snake in Northwest Arkansas and nearly all the snakes you will see in the creek is the harmless midland water snake or another harmless water snake species.

Arkansas' state motto is "The Natural State" and for good reason.  Arkansas attract many visitors to our wild places and native beauty.  People from all over drive hours, often just for a weekend, to hike the Ozark hills and mountains, enjoy the wildlife and the fresh air of Arkansas.  

Incorporating the path of a very old country road and the meanderings of Tanyard Creek, the trail loops lazily up hills and down with long stretches of straight-aways.  Most of the trail takes you through second growth Oak/Hickory forest, with some of the trails skirting meadow lands. 

They say the trail got its name because years ago there used to actually be a place where they tanned cow hides down there along the creek.  Along the trail there are signs of days gone by when a few early settlers actually lived in the area there.

 What a fun place to explore!

There’s even a suspension bridge!!

These craggy bluffs contain old caves.


I can hear and SEE water running down the wall of the rocks!!

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