Heart Healthy: Meadow Brook Self-Guided Trail

Jill M. Rohrbach
My Thursday blogs are all about being Heart Healthy. It’s a new year, after all, and I’m sure many of us have made a resolution to get fit – to make a change. In that spirit, I’d like to encourage you to hike a trail. I’ll start with a trail that has a difficulty level of “easy” since we’re just getting started with our workouts.

Meadow Brook Self-Guided Trail

Length: 3/4 mile
Time: 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy

The theme of the Meadow Brook Self-Guided Trail is change: the succession of plants, man’s influence on the environment, and the variety of flowers, plants, and trees in the Arkansas River Valley. The trail begins and ends near the park amphitheater.

Location: Exit No. 81 off I-40 at Russellville to Hwy. 7 South, an immediate right on Hwy. 326 after crossing south over I-40, then 5 miles west to park
For Information: Park Superintendent, 100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR, 72801, (479) 967-5516

While you’re there, be sure to stop in the park’s 10,527-square-foot visitors center. The $2.4 million visitor center features classrooms, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, a lab, catering kitchen, and interpretive exhibits including a major aquatic exhibit with four aquariums focusing on the local waterways including Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River and their tributaries. Another interpretive element in the visitor center is touch screen kiosks that feature information on the park, the area’s water resources and history. The center also houses the park’s administrative offices, information services, exhibition and educational programs, and retail sales.
Since its establishment in 1967, Lake Dardanelle State Park has been a peaceful camping and fishing destination because of its location on the shores of Lake Dardanelle, a 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. This area is now renowned as one of Arkansas’s hottest bass fishing tournament sites. The park’s facilities include a $161,587 fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion, which opened July 2002. The 1,861-square-foot, weigh-in pavilion serves as the staging area to host tournaments.
Find out more about the park at http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakedardanelle/.
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