Not all of the flooding in Arkansas is in the eastern part of the state. Devil’s Den State Park is just outside of Fayetteville, in the northwestern corner of Arkansas. Having hiked the cave trail in Devil’s Den last October, which is beautiful hike, I was shocked to learn that the the park had flooded when Lee Creek overran its banks on April 25th. A gentle flood it was not.
Photo courtesy of ArklahomaHiker
It appears the flooding was due to torrential rain in the area, and the park had flooded previously in 2004, yet it was still quite startling to see the photos and videos on the ArklahomaHiker web site. To get to the park, you must drive up and up and up and up, obviously gaining altitude all the while, and yet… it flooded. Just goes to show that high places can flood too.
The cleanup has already begun, and you can check out their progress on the Friends of Devil’s Den State Park Facebook page and the Arkansas State Parks Facebook page. Also check out the ArklahomaHiker web site for videos, photos, and updates. If you’ve never been to Devil’s Den, you’ve missed a treat. Let’s hope all their trails are open soon. It’s a great place to hike.