Friday, May 10, 2013

A Visit to Mt. Nebo State Park

Russellville, AR

Yesterday we took a trip over to Mt. Nebo State Park.  It's only about 30 minutes from the Lake Dardanelle State Park and was very enjoyable, although a clearer sky would have made for better pictures.

"Rising 1,350 feet above the mountain valleys of west central Arkansas, majestic Mt. Nebo favors visitors with a spectacular view of 34,000-acre Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River and the surrounding mountain ridges.
          During the 1890s, a resort hotel was built to house 
          steamboat passengers on the Arkansas River.

          In 1927, Mt. Nebo was designated as a state park. The 
          majority of the trails, cabins, bridges and pavilions at the park 
          were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps."

We were fortunate in two areas while ascending and descending the mountain.  First, traffic was very light and second, we were driving the Honda Fit and not the MH!  Actually, signs at the bottom of the mountain warn against attempting to pull any trailer longer than 24 feet up the mountain.  I'm a believer.

Visitor Center (Nuclear One Reactor at the extreme
left is 6 miles away and 1350 ft. lower)
The Visitor Center was a valuable asset for information on the Park and the surrounding areas, and a nice place to stop for an ice cream.

The park is oriented so that there are points east and west
Sunset Point Edge
appropriately named Sunrise and Sunset Points.
Here's Karen taking a look off of Sunset Point.

Mt. Nebo is one of only two parks in the state which allows hang gliding.  We traveled to Sunrise Point to view the area where most of the hang gliders begin their ascents off the cliffs and eventually end up in the valley below.

 I thought that hang gliding might be something I'd
Hang Gliding Take-Off Point
like to try someday. That is, until I took a look over the edge.  I think I'll stick to RVing.

View into the Valley Below

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!


  1. I'm enjoying the Arkansas blogs and pictures, wish I could be there with you.

  2. Great pictures! Looks like you guys are enjoying the beautiful scenes!

  3. So, did you smoke the brakes on the fit?

    That is some cliff, I'm with you, hang gliding is not for me. After all the mechanical things I've seen break, I can't imagine jumping off a cliff with a flimsy wing and hoping it held me up... :c)

    1. No, just 2nd gear most of the way down.
      Come on Paul, I'll bet those hang gliders are assembled better than our MHs. :)

  4. I think you are planning the itinerary for our trip west in the fall. Thanks as always..;)