What a difference a couple of months can make! When I visited this area in early April of 2013, I noticed that there were no evergreens to been seen on this big hill atop Mount Magazine that marks the highest point in Arkansas – and it was nothing but bare trees and not a speck of green to be seen anywhere … see those shots in this post.
And now two months later in early June … it’s a jungle!
I took this shot in mid-morning on my 50th birthday – April 5th, 2013 – and I chose the highest point in Arkansas as my destination for purely symbolic reasons. (I likewise stashed a 50-cent piece up there for the same reason.)
Just behind the beautiful lodge at Mt. Magazine State Park you can take a trail to this highest point – 2,753 feet above mean sea level (about 839 meters). There’s a USGS survey marker set into flagstones arranged in the shape of Arkansas – but don’t expect sweeping vistas because you’re surrounded by trees … other places in the park have the Grand Views. I’ve noticed that it’s almost exclusively hardwood and deciduous trees up here too, with almost no evergreens. A weird panorama shot is below…