Bull Shoals-White River State Park is inviting the public to start 2018 with a breath of fresh air. The park will celebrate the new year with a "First Day Hike" January 1st at 10:00.
The hike will start at the Big Bluff Trailhead on Powerhouse Road just beneath Bull Shoals Dam. It will last 1 1/2 to two hours on the moderately strenuous Big Bluff Trail as hikers complete the 1 3/4-mile loop.
The first section of the loop trail is a level walk over the remains of the railroad tram constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in steel and lumber from Cotter to build the dam. After the trail crosses the paved road, it goes up the hillside to an area overlooking the White River, the dam and an eagle's nest on the river. The trail then goes through mature deciduous forests and across streams.
The hike will be followed by a bonfire with a Dutch Oven dessert. Participants will also have the opportunity to write a New Year's resolution or to jot down their grumps and throw them in the fire.
There is no cost to participate. Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather and bring water. Dogs must be on a lead. For more information, contact park interpreter Julie Lovett at 870-445-3629.
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