We have an opening for this weekend; the Ozark Mountain Artists Studio Tour!

This is a wonderful weekend in Newton County, full of unexpected art, shopping, sightseeing, and of course, good eating!

See their Facebook page by clicking here -> Ozark Mountain Artists

First reservation gets the cabin!

 
Newton County Elk
How did the elk come back to Arkansas?

Ever wonder where our elk came from, this time around?  Here's a great summary of their reintroduction:

"The late Arkansas Game & Fish Commissioner Hilary Jones of Pruitt encouraged the establishment of elk in the county. In 1980 AGFC made a trade with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources sending largemouth bass to that state in exchange for a trailer load of elk. Over the next three years, several more loads of elk were brought into county where they thrived.
 
Newton County was officially proclaimed the Elk Capital of Arkansas by Governor Mike Huckabee on July 22, 1998, the first year of the annual Buffalo River Elk Festival. Descendants of the officially named Hilary Jones Elk Herd have spread along the river, but are most prominently observed grazing in the Historic Boxley Valley."  By JEFF DEZORT Newton County Times

 

Boxley Valley is a beautiful drive from A Hasty Getaway and is a great place to watch for elk, especially in the mornings and evenings.

On a warmer day, we trekked down to Twin Falls, an easy hike near Camp Orr Boy Scout Ranch.

Not much water, but it was fun!

Buffalo River National Park
Along the trail to Twin Falls near the Buffalo National River.

 

waterfalls
Looking back from the base of Twin Falls.

 

A cool tree along the path to Twin Falls.

 

Not much water running, but some ice around the top! This is Twin Falls.