Devil’s Den State Park

If I wanted to go on an adventure into the woods, this natural park has always been one of my favorites. I’ve heard about this place frequently growing up when family members would retell of their visit. Since then, I had always wondered if it was as great as people described it. Devil’s Den State Park was one of the first nature venues I made a point to visit when I moved to Fayetteville in 2016. Pictures do not do this place justice at all. Devil’s Den is truly a must see to believe type of experience. This place has given me too many memories to count, hence why I am even talking about this place to begin with. I hope you make the journey to this nature venue in the future whether you live in this part of Arkansas or not.

Historical rumors suggested the approximate 60 caves within the park were used as hideouts for outlaws back in the 1800s. There are also claims the park was named after Lake Devil. Whether the rumors are true or not, the name “Devil’s Den” stuck. Though this park was constructed in the 1930s, the amount of activities to do are endless. Do you enjoy hiking? Biking? Swimming? Fishing? Boating or canoeing? You can do it all here surrounded by the Ozark National Forest.

At one point the public had access to exploring inside the caves, but due to a bat fungal infection being spread they have been off limits since 2010. It was a sad moment for me when I visited Devil’s Den for the first time in May 2017. Among all the trails there, my favorite is Yellow Rock Trail. I have hiked there various times and during different seasons. It was even an experience to hike there in the dark just to go star gazing.

Everyone has a special place they love to go and experience the true meaning of “brain drain.” To find a home away from home that you can just drift away in your mind. For you it might be a movie theater, book shop, or coffee house. Other people might choose a place in the rugged terrain not claimed by mankind. There may be a street that you love strolling down that takes you back to a time before growing up. We all find simple pleasures and comfort in these places existence. I hope you all get to visit your “brain drain” destination often.

Since I am turning another year older on this Earth in February, I will be spending it here to remind myself that being alive is more than just a number. I encourage all of you to continue incorporating time in your schedule for “brain drain” activities and never cease to discover the beauty in this thing called “LIFE.”

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