Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer Relief at Blanchard Springs

Blanchard Springs
Coming from upstate New York summer temperatures (rarely over 85 degrees) to central Arkansas (practically the Equator) is a huge difference!  In the South, a great way to cool off is to jump in the creek...literally!

About 100 miles north of Little Rock and just a few miles outside of the Mt. View city limits is Blanchard Springs.  Nestled in the Ozark National Forest, the spring is the focal point of the Blanchard Springs campground and is right next to the Blanchard Springs Caverns.  The area is ranked in the Top 10 U.S. Campgrounds by the Great Outdoor Recreation Page.

To get to the spring you have to walk a while on a small trail, but the view is worth the trip.  The forest scenery coupled with the flowing springs makes for some great pics!

The crystal clean, icy cold water that flows from the exit point of the Blanchard Springs Caverns is a great place to dip your toes (if you can stand it!).  The numbing cold water is pretty refreshing on a triple digit temperature day though!

A sweeping bend in the Sylamore Creek features a swimming area that's been a favorite of the Schiefer family for years!  It was the perfect place for a little dip!