With finally a beautiful day outside, we chose to hike Seven Hollows Trail in Petit Jean State Park. The 4.5 mile trail runs through the forest crossing streams and exposing several sandstone bluffs. About 1 to 1.5 miles into the hike, we came across a magnificent natural bridge. Our guide pamphlet tells how it was believed that this bridge might have once crossed the first hollow. Further along, we detoured to see the Grotto hidden in a small canyon. At the bottom the grotto, we saw many eggs. Could they be from frogs? The rest of the trail led way to some great views of the landscape and rock formations. Oh, and I can’t forget, the one snake…he made me jump quite high.
Yesterday, we arrived at our new camping spot at Petit Jean State Park. We’ll be spending a week here before leaving Arkansas and heading to Texas.
With only two days left in Hot Springs area, we thought it might be nice to try a few of the national park trails. The national park has several short trails surrounding Hot Springs village and bathhouses.
The first trail we hiked was Hot Springs Mountain trail, which is a 1.7 mile path around the mountain observation tower. From here, we had a good view of the town below.
After the mountain trail, we drove back to the village to walk along the Grand Promenade. This bricked path runs behind the bathhouses. It is a great spot to see the natural hot springs flowing from the ground.