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Description - The Magazine Ranger District is going to be revamped by the end of 2000. The State Parks Department has secured a long term lease on the area and is creating a whole new look to the area. When it opens it should be spectacular. So until then, you'll have to be satisfied with calling the Ranger District Offices and finding out what is open for your next visit in the summer of 2000, because areas are opening and closing without warning.

Some of the areas that are receiving this attention are Cove Lake, Spring lake, Sorghum Hollow and of course the entire Mt. Magazine complex on top. The main portion of the facilities are located on the top of a bluff that is the highest point in Arkansas, and at 2,753 feet, easily provides panoramic views of the surrounding National Forest and Petit Jean River Valleys.

Recreation - With all the lakes that seem to fill up the area there should never be a problem satisfying the anglers in your group. Boating is also a favorite past time of the locals who can either bring their own boat or rent from the concessionaire for a fee. A bit lower on the Forest are two horse camps, that are connected via a trail system to each other as well as the rest of the recreation areas.

Climate - The Ozark Region has four distinct seasons with a temperature range from 10-15 degrees below zero to over 100 degrees F. Winters have occasional cold periods of brief duration with daily temperatures near zero in January and February. Annual precipitation measures around 50 inches, but the range may vary considerably from this average. Snowfall occurs in the forest covering the ground from a few hours to occasional extended periods of up to several days. The area can offer snow-free outdoor recreation opportunities during the winter months. Be prepared however, for occasional cold weather during the winter, especially at the higher elevations of the Forests.

Location - Situated in the Northwestern corner of Arkansas, just to the south of the main portion of the Ozark National Forest is a little area known as the Magazine District. Identified as the highest point in Arkansas, this area can be accessed via several roads.

The Town of Paris, just to the north of the district , is where the Ranger District office is and can be approached from the east or the west via Hwy. 22. To the south are the towns of Havana, Bellville and Danville and a bit further on , Ola. All of them are sitting on Arkansas Hwy. 10 which steps into the National Forest just a tad and escapes on the western side. To access the park simply travel north from Havana on the Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway #309.


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Report: Mt. Nebo Adventure By: Lori Cox ~ 04.30.01 Mt. Nebo is located in Northwest Arkansas. Mt. Nebo is not tall enough to be a mountain technically. Climbing to the highest point in Arkansas-Signal Hill on Mt. Magazine (not technically a mountain either)-was not enough for us. We headed toward home to look for another nature spot and decided to go up Mt. Nebo as it was on the way home. We took a trail that said 'Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate' or something to that effect so I thought 'OK piece of cake.' We went off the trail. First we went to see this odd looking stream. It forked and on one side ran clear and on another rusty and brown. Instead of going the way we came-back to the trail-we decided to climb up the small cliff. I was all into it. Finally something challenging. We got up the cliff and I was out of breath walking to keep up. We came to another area where we could climb up. I looked up and was told that there was a trail I could go to meet them. I decided I had enough challenge and went the curved trail. This is when my legs started to give up but I kept going. I was beginning to struggle to keep my legs moving as we were on a narrow path right at the edge of a cliff and this was not a good time to collapse. I was asked if I was ok. I said,'My legs have gone numb.' 'You can make it,' I was told. I barely made it to where they stood looking at a huge bolder and decided to try to jump and get to the top. I sat and took a few pictures. Someone said,'Let's go.' I said 'Shh! Let them keep trying. Let's me rest my legs more!' Well no one made it up the rock so we moved on. I was making my legs move-actually I think about it now it seems downright physically impossible that I COULD keep them moving. God is good! Something else got me. I was beginning to hyperventilate so I sat on a nearby rock to rest and finally came back to a point where I could keep going without feeling faint. We went a little longer and we came to where we could see where we parked the car. FAR down a steep slope. We went pretty far up and basically did a 180. It was too far to go back the way we came so it was either go straight down or finish a 360 circle. I decided to go down with someone else, as I know my hardest thing is uphill so I figured I needed to go down. A little way down we realized it was a little harder. First not much to grip a foot on so we anchored our feet on dead plant stubs. It ended up some of these dead plants had thorns. By this time the sun and heat were really getting to me and I was getting nauseated and I leaned on a rock a moment to control my stomach and then continued to follow on down the thorny chosen path. Well lo and behold I took a glance and the other 2 had already made it to the car but then I went back to concentrating on going on my way. With that and the sound of my heart beating in my ears and the sharp stinging of the thorns I wasn't paying much attn to anything else but getting to the car. The nice wonderful car with air conditioning where I could sit on a nice cushioned seat. We got the ditch before the road and I decided I would slide it since it was only dirt and didn't care much about getting the seats of my shorts dirty. I was just ready for the adventure to be over. I somehow got to the road where the others were and wiped the dirt off and here comes the car. I love that car. That is my Informal Report on Mt. Nebo. Questions are welcome, as I know I didn't cover it all...just how I handled it physically, which by the way it needs to be noted I am in horrible shape, and the others were quite able to do it and then some. The other three in the group would probably have more as well. Members of Mt. Nebo Expedition Lori Cox (photographer) Bobby Dunn (navigator) Chris Haley (supply carrier) Bobby Johnson (driver)


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Contact Information:
Magazine Ranger District, 3001 E. Walnut , Paris, AR, 72855, Phone: 501-963-3076

Additional Information:
Ozark-St. Francis National Forests - The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres, mostly in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. The St. Francis encompasses 20,000 acres on the Mississippi River in east-central Arkansas.

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