Lake Chicot – Best Seen by Canoe

My experience with swamps is fairly succinct:  When I was in 8th grade we took a class trip that included a jaunt down to the Okefenokee Swamp.  A brief raft ride, some pointing at alligators, and I think someone may have drank the swamp water after the guide assured us it was cleaner than it looked.

And that’s been it really.  As such, I think I should be forgiven for expecting to do any hiking in the vicinity of a lake swamp in Louisiana.

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A Stroll Through the Bayou…in Arkansas

I’ve gone my whole life without ever setting foot, driving through, or really knowing anything about Arkansas.  It turns out that the south western bit of Arkansas is a lot like the two states it borders: Texas and Louisiana.  Sort of a hybrid really…pine forests with swampy bits rather than the dense pine forests of Texas or the swamps of Louisiana.

Our walk (I can’t call it a hike because it was short enough to not bring our packs) took us through the woods around Millwood Lake in Millwood State Park.  The path was mostly submerged.  If you’re not into waterproof shoes – this hike might make you reconsider.

As I am already a waterproof mid-height hiking boot wearing kind of guy I was able to take it in stride.

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