Chris Pistole
Park Interpreter Chris Pistole shows a picture of Martha
Park Interpreter Chris Pistole shows a picture of Martha

In this video, meet Park Interpreter Chris Pistole from Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area and hear the story of the namesake of the park’s Pigeon Roost Trail.

Located next to Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains ecoregion of northwest Arkansas, Hobbs is the largest State Park in Arkansas with over 12,000 acres. It provides enriching educational and recreational experiences in harmony with resource stewardship.

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Find out more about the Pigeon Roost Trail and plan your next visit to Hobbs State Park.