Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Menasha Ridge Press, Jim Warnock

A Rainy Hike on the Redding Loop in Arkansas

Hiker-dog and I needed a nice long dayhike. The expected rain began about one hour into our hike. The temperature hovered around 44-degrees. Just perfect! Dogwoods provided accents across the forest understory. I paused to take a photo of a single bloom, causing Hiker-dog to return...

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Camping Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Best Tent Camping Texas

The Best Spot to Camp in Austin

When our authors research for our Best Tent Camping series, they have an incredibly difficult and subjective job to find the very best campgrounds in a state. A campsite has to be near perfect in terms of beauty, spaciousness, quiet, security, privacy, and spaciousness to...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

The Urge for Hiking in the Winter

[caption id="attachment_5384" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ice crystals on the high ridge of Hare Mountain[/caption] I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down When the sun turns traitor cold And all the trees are shivering in...

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How to Prepare for Multi-Day Backpacking Trips

[caption id="attachment_5318" align="alignright" width="292"] Taking a short break with a light pack[/caption] A reader emailed several good questions while preparing for a backpacking trip on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas. I enjoy responding to these type of inquiries and decided to write this post.  Many trip failures...

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Trail running Houston, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Houston

Best Spots for Winter Trail Running in Houston

While a large part of the runners throughout the country are breaking out their tights, microspikes, gaiters, and mittens, it's business as usual for Texas trail runners. Houston is especially great for trail running because of the Gulf Coast in the south, Texas coastal prairies in...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

The Gift of Writing in the Ozark Mountains

In November of 2012, I began this blog as an online scrapbook to record my adventures on the trails. I hoped it would help solidify memories of good times and lessons learned. It has more than fulfilled this wish. Sometimes I skim back through posts...

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Leave No Trace, Lake Alma Trail, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

Advice for Litterbugs on the Trail

  The sight of trash in the Ozarks sometimes interrupts my enjoyment of the walk. I try to contain my emotional response to seeing an abandoned cup, because it confuses Hiker-dog. She’s always happy in the woods and worries if I’m not enjoying my time, too. I’ve...

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