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September 04, 2013
 
  Thistle with bug

Enjoy the changing of the season on Arkansas's highest point!

The official first day of fall is September 22nd. Though most people look forward to the leaves changing color, Mount Magazine State Park is full of beautiful colors before the leaves change. Fall flowers such as thistle and asters are in bloom along the trails, with goldenrod gracing the roadsides. Butterflies such as the Pipevine Swallowtail and the Red-banded Hairstreak can be seen throughout the park, but especially near the lodge's gardens.

Whether you visit Mount Magazine for one of our fall programs or simply to relax in a rocking chair, it is great place to start the fall!

Dutch Oven Cooking, from Sparks to Forks

On October 5th, join us at Mount Magazine State Park to learn how cooking a meal outside can change any dish into a fun gathering. First, you need fire, so this workshop begins with a flint and steel fire starting demonstration. Then participants will learn an easy way to cook with a Dutch oven that can be done nearly anywhere outdoors. The cost includes hands-on instructions, a booklet of tips and recipes, and a sampling of your Dutch oven endeavors. Space is limited and reservations are required. Admission is $15 per participant. Sign up by September 23rd. For more details or to sign up, email brandy.oliver@arkansas.gov.

Migration Watch

Valleys around Mount Magazine are natural corridors, used for thousands of years by nomadic wildlife. Southward migration peaks September. Birds, butterflies, even spiders have been seen passing over. High cliffs on the north face of the mountain form funnels that concentrate their movements. Monarchs glide effortlessly on updrafts heading to their wintering grounds in central Mexican mountains. Gossamer, silken globs with long streamers, contain spiderlings being dispersed wherever winds carry them. They sometimes get snagged on trees along the mountain’s rim.

Red tailed hawkMost impressive are birds of prey. Hawks, falcons, even eagles fly by, sometimes at eye level. Falcons like American kestrels and peregrines usually power by one at a time. Broad-winged hawks gather in groups called kettles. When all the right conditions come together hundreds of hawks can be counted in a single day.

On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the middle two weeks of September a park interpreter will be stationed along Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive to identify and document all that passes by from 9 to 11 a.m. The public is welcomed to scan the skies. We suggest you bring binoculars, cameras, water, and lawn chairs.


Skycrest Specials

New Build-your-own Omelet Station

Our breakfast buffet has a new addition: made to order omelets!
On Sundays and holidays, when there is a breakfast buffet, guests will be able to choose from a selection of fresh ingredients to have their omelet prepared on the buffet line. Omelet ingredients include ham, sausage, mushrooms, cheese, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
Are you more of an "over-easy" egg lover? We've got you covered, too. The omelet station will also be for cooking eggs made to order, anyway you like!

Friday Night Surf & Turf

Come in Friday nights for shrimp, catfish, prime rib, and all the fixings on our Surf & Turf Buffet. The adult buffet price is $19.95. The buffet begins at 5 p.m. and goes until close.

Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


Important Upcoming Dates:

Sept. 12-15   Fall Migration Watch
Sept. 19-22   Fall Migration Watch
Sept. 22nd    Picnic in the Park for Sept.
Sept. 28th     Highpoint Encampment
Oct. 5th         Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

Other programs and activities will be available through the summer months, including guided hikes, park tours, and wildlife programs. For more information, see our online calendar of events or contact the park for details.




 


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