White Rock Mountain Trail – Ozarks

The Ozark Mountains are only a short road trip away from Manhattan. There’s a lot of backpacking out there with nowhere close to the crowds that you’ll find in the Rockies. Kerry, Ben, and I spent a three day weekend exploring some of the region. We drove down Thursday night and stopped at Talbot Conservation Area, a no-frills free campsite. The next morning we briefly stopped at the Walmart museum in Bentonville to learn about the humble beginnings of the now obnoxious retail juggernaut. Finally, we arrived at White Rock Mountain Recreation Area. From here, we hiked the White Rock/Shore Lake loop, camping two night along the way. It was about 13 miles total which made for a pretty relaxing pace and lots of time for side exploration. After the loop, we hiked the very scenic two mile Rim Trail loop. As we were about to leave the area, we were dragged into a dire rescue operation involving a kitten in a tree which we eventually had to leave unresolved.


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