|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Find solitude in Minnesota, peak Arkansas' highest mountain, and view wildflowers in the grasslands of Illinois.
Arkansas’s tallest mountain is more than just a high point. The 5-mile-long plateau is an airy playground, boasting two summits (2,753-foot Signal Hill and 2,700-foot Mossback Ridge) and a network of 11 trails. “At the top, views stretch to the Arkansas River Valley to the north and Blue Mountain Lake and the Ouachitas to the south,” says Katrina Rinne. Traverse it on the North Rim Trail, a 2.2-mile point-to-point that runs through hardwoods and crosses bluffs. “In the fall,” Rinne says, “the air is crisp and the foliage makes the views even more spectacular.” Contact (479) 963-8502; Website
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