The Second Annual New Year’s Hike was held Saturday at John & Mildred Cooper Nature Reserve in Hot Springs Village. Despite the gloomy weather approximately 40 hikers and one dog turned out.
Members of the Hot Springs Village Trail Committee and the Nature Conservancy were positioned at areas along the trail with talking points concerning the history of the area and nature. Points of discussion included the Nature Conservancy, the homesteading history in the area, with evidence of barbed wire dating back to 1880 found attached to trees, the prevalence of mountain lions, red wolves and black bears in history (Arkansas used to be called the Bear State), tree identification without leaves, a wide variety of ferns, and information on the Saline River that borders the Conservancy area.
The happy hike ended with hikers, Trails Committee members and POA employees gathering for coffee and hot chocolate.