Monday, September 22, 2014

Refueling on the Razorback Greenway

As longer and longer trips on the Razorback Greenway become possible, more and more people will be looking for places to take a pit stop or refuel.  Starting in Fayetteville and ending in Bella Vista, this is a list of places within a couple blocks of the trail where you can get cold drinks, snacks, or use the facilities.  The numbers provided are rough distances from where the trail hits 15th St. at the southern end of Walker Park.  The map at the very end comes from and shows parking, water fountains, and more.

Fayetteville - 15th and Walker Park

0.0 Bathroom in the SE corner of the park near the basketball goals.
0.5  Korean Market less than a block north of the trail on School. Cold drinks near the front door and lots of interesting snacks, produce, and food options.
0.6 Just past School, the Tsa La Gi Trail splits off from the Greenway and provides access to a gas station and many fast food places and restaurants.

Fayetteville - MLK to Dickson
0.9 Wood Stone Pizza and Greenhouse Grille are great local places for good food and drinks. There is a Walgreens across School.
1.1 The Fayetteville Public Library is just to the east up a steep, short spur trail. It has a cafe and restrooms.
1.2 Once you hit Center, Geraldi's is a block to the west on University.
1.3 Wine Cellar, Rolando's, and a chicken place are right on the trail. Grubs is across the street.
1.4 Dickson Street! There are dozens of restaurants and bars here. Arsaga's and Deluxe Burger are right on the trail.

To Be Continued...
Contact me if I'm missing a place or if you want your business featured.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jemison Park Nature Trail - Birmingham, AL

The Jemison Park Nature Trail in Mountain Brook runs along Shades Creek and Watkins Creek about a mile east of the Birmingham Zoo and wonderful Botanical Gardens.  This scenic 2+ mile trail is well-used by joggers, people with dogs, and walkers.  Much of the trail is paved, but the two ends of the trail are unpaved and there are several dirt spurs that go closer to the creek.

Little Rock Audubon Center Wildlife Observation Trail - Audubon Arkansas

Located on land that was formerly Gillam Park and public housing, the 400+ ac. Little Rock Audubon Center encompasses several different habitat types including bottomland hardwood forest, cypress-lined oxbow, upland white oak/hickory, post oak savannah, and ultra-rare nepheline syenite glades.

My book, Trails of Central Arkansas, contains maps of the older trails around the center, but it doesn't have the newest trails that were recently completed.  These trails loop around through the post oak savannah on the hillside behind the nature center building.  Some of the trails are "Barrier Free", while others are paved but too steep to meet the definition.

The trails have educational signage and great views of downtown Little Rock and the airport runways.  The best way to access them is to park at the Audubon Arkansas office on Springer Blvd.

Hopefully this trail will soon head west through the unique glades and down to the trails around the oxbow and the rest of the center.

More information can be found at:
To learn more about how the nature center property could one day be part of a much larger public greenspace full of trails and floating opportunities, read my post on Fourche Bottoms Park.