Anyhoo - along the way we stopped at a tiny town called Oil Trough - population of 260 - which is situated right on a bend of the White River. Mom said it is a weird name for a town but she liked the little overlook they have built there and we enjoyed having a sniff around.
We continued on through the Ozarks with the GPS taking us every which way - Mom was dreading we were getting well and truly lost but eventually we arrived at Heber Springs where the lake is located. Our first stop was the Visitors Center where picked up a map of the area. The couple in the center were very helpful and told Mom there was a nice easy walking trail up to a lookout where we could see the dam and it would take about 25 minutes to get there. The trail as it turns out took us 40 minutes and was pure mountain goat country hanging on the side on on the hill with a steep drop on one side and barely wide enough for Mom to walk on. We had to climbs over rocks, up hills and down, over bridges and just when we were nearly to the lookout came the worse bit - 70 wooden steps up to the lookout - so much for it being an easy trail! We decided to follow the road back to the visitors center and came across a sign pointing to Collins Creek Falls which turned out to be spectacular and made the whole hike worthwhile - it was just the MOST beautiful place.
We finally made it back to the car and after having some picnic lunch we headed off to see Greer Ferry Lake and this is where the BIGGEST disappointment happened. We went to 3 of the public parks listed on the map near the end of the lake where we were (there is 16 in total around the lake) and all 3 had BIG signs saying "Pets Prohibited - $800 fine" What The DOG !!!!! After driving so far we couldn't even go and see the lake. Mom was annoyed at the first park, at the second one she angry and when she saw the same sign at the third she was ready to run it over with the car! Sadly we didn't get to see the see the lake up close and didn't get any pictures. Greers Ferry Lake has now been well and truly scrubbed off our list of places to visit. Thankfully Mom turned off the GPS for the trip home - following the map she had printed off and yes - this time it did only take 2 hours :)
|Stopping for a rest|
|Stopping for another rest - happy face!|
|Greer Ferry Dam from the Lookout|
|Collins Creek Falls|