Outdoor writer and photographer Corbet Deary is featured regularly in The Sentinel-Record. Today, Deary takes readers on a journey to Entergy Park.
Last week’s article featured a beautifully maintained and well-designed trail system, beginning near downtown Hot Springs and meandering in the direction of the outskirts of town.
Well, this week’s destination is also situated within the city limits and maintained by Hot Springs Parks and Trails staff. Only minutes from town, Entergy Park is nestled on the banks of Lake Hamilton, in the midst of a beautiful wooded setting.
This 30-acre facility is a popular choice for the locals, and for good reason. It has something to offer to folks with an array of interests. The only prerequisite to enjoying an outing at Entergy Park is a passion for the wonderful outdoors. And as gas prices soar with no end in sight, such locations that are literally minutes from our homes are becoming even better choices.
The facility sports an impressive trail system, consisting of nine short interconnecting loops, making up almost 3 miles of hiking and biking opportunities. But before we strike out along these routes, let’s talk about what awaits at the heart of the property.
Those who visit the facility will immediately find themselves in a beautiful, well-groomed setting upon their arrival. Those who long for breaking bread in the midst of Mother Nature might find this spot of interest as a pavilion, equipped with a grill and picnic tables, is situated near the parking area and restrooms.
Yet another pavilion is situated within a stone’s throw of another parking area and also overlooks the nearby pond.
Speaking of ponds, this small reservoir is stocked with native fish, lending to the opportunity for fishing enthusiasts to wet a hook while waiting on the dinner bell.
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Some folks visit the facility solely to try their hand at coaxing a few fish from these waters. And although fishing is welcomed around its perimeter, a wheelchair-accessible pier is located on the south side of the pond.
Two playgrounds are also situated close to the pavilions, providing parents with a means of allowing their …….