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Free Guided Hikes Offered with Al Knox and Jim and Diane Gately on Al Knox Trail Day at Hobbs State Park

03 Apr 2019 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The weather is getting nice!  Let’s get out and enjoy some part of the 35 miles of trails at Hobbs State Park.  What’s special next Saturday is that it’s Al Knox Trail Day at the Park.

For many years Al Knox volunteered to take care of the Hobbs’ trails, then for some 17 years officially served as the Trail Maintenance Supervisor.  To honor Al’s service, we now have Al Knox Trail Day.

Join Mr. Al himself at 10:00 am at the Van Winkle Trailhead on Hwy. 12 just west of the visitor Center.  He will guide you on a pleasant ½ mile hike on the Sinking Stream Nature Trail on the south side of Highway 12.

Things turn historical at 11:00 am on the ½ mile barrier-free Van Winkle Trail on the north side of Highway 12.  From the same parking lot, join Diane and Jim Gately.  They have been volunteering at Hobbs State Park for a plethora of duties for as long as anyone remembers.  The Gatelys are experts on the Peter Van Winkle History, and are always looking forward to taking groups of Park visitors back to 1858 when Peter Van Winkle built the first steam-driven saw mill in the Ozarks.

Take advantage of this opportunity for free, guided hikes with the experts themselves.

Where: Van Winkle Parking lot on Hwy. 12 just west of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road                                 intersection
When: Saturday April 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 am:  Sinking Stream Trail hike with Al Knox
          11:00 am:  Van Winkle Historical Trail hike with Diane and Jim Gately
Cost: Free.  The public is invited.

For more information on Hobbs State Park programs, trails, picnicking, or meeting room rentals:   Call:  479-789-5000 



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