The headwaters of the Mulberry originate in the heart of the Boston Mountains, which are the highest and most rugged of the Ozarks. Many of the mountain ridges that define the edges of the watershed peak out at over 2300′ elevation. The Mulberry flows approximately 62 miles west-southwest to its confluence with the Arkansas River. Along the way it drains almost 400 square miles, the majority of which lies in the Ozark National Forest.
Why is this spectacular scenic route, Highway 23 called the Pig Trail Scenic Byway? Well, for one thing, the meandering nature of the route reminds visitors of a trail carved in the woods from wild pigs. Another factor that influenced the name was that this route has been a major travel way for students, sports fans and other University of Arkansas supporters going to and from Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the Arkansas Razorbacks. And lastly, it’s a National Scenic Byway.
The rugged and forested Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains provides the setting for this 19 mile route, which often runs through a tunnel of foliage during spring, summer and fall. Winter provides the clearest views of the mountain terrain. Spring wildflowers and brilliant autumn foliage make the route especially popular during those seasons. The route crosses the Mulberry River and the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail.
Mill Creek OHV Trail Loop is a 49.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving.
Lake Fort Smith State Park is a beautiful multi-use area on the banks of Lake Fort Smith. It is a scenic, well-maintained park in the Boston Mountain Valley of the Ozarks. While you visit Lake Fort Smith you can fish, kayak, hike and mountain bike.
At the peak of the state park experience is Mount Magazine, Arkansas highest point at 2,753 feet. The sweeping views alone are amazing, but people also come to relax, explore, and study nature. Scenic overlooks, hiking trails, picnic area, pavilion, and a visitors center are just some of the things that the park has to offer.
The Turpentine Creek Wildlife's mission is to provide a lifetime refuge for abused and neglected "Big Cats" with emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. The Refuge is also home to animals such as bobcats, bears, ligers, servals, a monkey, a coatimundi, and a macaw.
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