While at Lewis & Clark Outfitters, we asked Sam to recommend a good day hike in NW Arkansas. He said Hawksbill Crag near Huntsville was the place to go. After seeing a picture of it, we were convinced.
The directions looked simple enough. Go to 21S, take County Rd 5, go 6 miles, and you'll be at the trailhead. Once we got there, we quickly learned that County Rd 5 was no ordinary road. First off, it was rock and gravel, and about as wide as 1 1/2 normal lanes. Second it was steep. So steep. I thought I might have to drop the 4Runner into four wheel drive to make it up some of the hills. And over the edge of the road was an abrupt dropoff. Not for the weary! And to top it off, we started out with less than 1/4 tank of gas as there are no gas stations any where nearby.
About 20 minutes later, we arrived with no incident. The hike to the crag was an enjoyable 1.5 miles. Not too challenging, which afforded us the opportunity to take in the scenic landscape. We'd have been perfect to be there about 2 weeks sooner for the fall colors. The orange leaves remained...but mostly on the ground.
We turned a corner and saw the crag jutting out over a vast valley and rolling hills. Quite the impressive scene! On the crag, there is a nice little sitting ledge just at the point, leaving on to sit back, relax, and ponder the impressive view!
Well worth it all. Thanks, Sam!