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The TrailBlazers Hiking Club is a group based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, dedicated to enjoying the outdoors in the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. THCFS schedules several hikes a month, some long and some short, some difficult and some more laid-back. Some of us have hiked for years and some just started, but we all enjoy the outdoors. If this describes you and you're in the area, you're welcome in our group!

Upcoming Hikes

Friday, Apr 25, 2014 - Annual Buffalo Lodge Weekend
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Winding Stairs Scenic Area
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Fern Gully
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Devils Den Season Finale

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Hike Report

2014-04-12 Glory Hole - Magnolia Falls
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Ten TrailBlazers and one cockatiel led by Becky headed up to Johnson County on a great day for hiking to once again check out the Glory Hole. Bill arrived on his motorcycle and with the aid of two able helpers got it safely parked. Itís always neat to have someone new, Lorrie this time, see this place for the first time. Water meanders down the creek through a series of small falls and then suddenly funnels itself down a slide to swirl its way through a perfectly round chute in the rocks. After climbing around and down, we were able to see from below the bluff that the water showers through the hole as a waterfall formed by a sheer curtain of water. Next we explored the canyon below the falls and returned by walking along the creek with its myriad of falls for as long as we could before climbing back up the trail to hoof our way back.

Then we took a short drive to the trailhead for Magnolia Falls and eventually arrived at the creek with its little falls here and there. Finally we arrived at Magnolia Falls where we ate our lunch while drinking in the view. Trekking a short way down creek we checked out Woods Boys Falls. Alas, the magnolias were not yet in bloom, but that did afford us a better, unobstructed view of the falls. It was a little early for most wildflowers, but the greenbrier was ever present! The only good thing I can say about it is that it is green. And, as Forrest Gump would say, thatís all Iím going to say about that (since good taste does not permit expletives on our website)!

On the way back we saw a whole line of cars parked along the road at Glory Hole with an overflow on the other side. Good thing we hiked there earlier! Lovely day out in the woods!
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Thoughts

3/30/2014 12:05:24 PM      Subject: Buffalo Lodge
Posted by: Rebecca

Annual Buffalo Lodge Weekend(http://www.ozarkcabins.com/buffalolodge/) is Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27. Hiking, canoeing, food, fun and fellowship! Use "Contact Us" button above for more information.
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