Spring has finally sprung throughout the Little Rock, Arkansas area and it can be seen all around. From the spring flowers growing, to more foot traffic out and about, to gardeners being seen hoeing away at the weeds in their flowerbeds and gardens. Spring is the time of year to reflect on the past winter season and be thankful it’s over once again.
Most people enjoy spring without even hesitating on what to do with their time. The weekends are filled with neighborhood walks, the kids are able to run around the yard without care, and you are able to finally get back on track, but use this time too to focus on a greener change in your life. Here are a few tips on enjoying spring in a greener way in Arkansas.
Digging in the dirt of the earth. A good way to do this is to garden and dip your hands into the earth and get digging. Most of us already keep gardens, especially if you live in the country of Arkansas, but even city dwellers can get their hands into the soil with raised beds and hanging flower baskets. And don’t forget the new city-way to grow your indoor veggies with the use of recycled plastic bottles.
Another great way to enjoy spring in a greener way is to take a nature hike and enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local park or even go a step further and enjoy a state or national park. A good place to start is at Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton, Arkansas. Petit Jean State Park is Arkansas’s first state park and offers such beautiful views of the natural side of the Arkansas mountainside.
If a state park isn’t what you have in mind, give a national park a go. A great national park is currently located right in the heart of a major city. Hot Spring National Park, Arkansas is known for it’s thermal, hot baths that have been utilized since 1884 when the federal government laid a road down and covered the pools to allow for a safer way to enjoy them. Al Capone has even been said to have bathed in the thermal waters of Hot Springs. Downtown Hot Springs National Park has a row of bathhouses that have all been open and operating at one time for bathing. Now only one bathhouse remains open to the public for baths and others are being remodeled and renovated to open up once again.
Another great way to take in the spring season is a completely local way and visiting a local farm or shop a local farmers’ market: A local farm can teach you and your kids a great lesson on where many foods we eat come from. A local farmers’ market will offer you and your family local, handmade, and/or organic fruits and vegetables. A local farmers’ market in your area such as the Little Rock Farmers’ Market is a great place to start.
Lastly, take a hike, go biking, or even take a family picnic. These are all great ways to enjoy what’s around you and to soak in the Natural State in a greener way. A great hike to take in Arkansas is the Charlton Trail in the Ouachita National Forest. Charlton Trail is about 4.2 miles long and offers a swimming area at the beginning of the trail. This trail is an easy trail with a bit of climbing throughout the length of the hike, it is also a great biking trail too. But don’t think that Charlton Trail is the only good hiking and biking trail in the state, there are many more to offer and are perfect to take advantage of this time of year. To find a hiking trail in your area check out Hike Arkansas.
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