The Japanese have a term called shinrin-yoku, which translates as “forest bathing”. It’s about immersing yourself in nature to relax and reduce stress and anxiety. Several studies indicate that the practice can be linked to a boost in immunity and a perception of increased energy and well-being.
Late October and November is prime-time for getting out in the woods and connecting with nature around here, and Lake Leatherwood is the uber-epicenter to do it. The temperatures have been ideal and the biting bugs seem to disappear long before the first freeze. We have miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, some easy, some crazy-challenging, but all scenic and rewarding.
Many more people lately are discovering the gem that is Lake Leatherwood Park. We’ve had annual mountain-bike races and triathlons for years, and just last weekend, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association held a an event here, part of its Arkansas student mountain bike race series, that attracted over 125 kids and teams.
The Park attracts all kinds of campers, including the two Airstreams from Florida (pictured below), whose owners we met a couple of weeks ago. The “tiny house” bare-bones cabins are a new addition opening soon. They make the Tall Pines cabins look like the Four Seasons but probably a step up from a tent.
The Tall Pines is just a 5-minute drive from this fabulous park so make plans to visit soon! Click here for vacancies.