|Name||Hobbs State Park- Conservation Area|
|County Coverage||Benton, Carroll, Madison|
It lies in Benton, Madison and Carroll counties. The property lies 12 miles east of Rogers, 25 miles southwest of Eureka Springs and 30 miles northwest of Huntsville.
|Seasons and Regulations|Turkey:
Turkey Season Closed
Deer Archery: Sept. 26, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016.
Deer Muzzleloader (permit hunt): Nov. 14-18, 2015.
Deer Modern Gun (permit hunt): Dec. 5-9, 2015.
Deer Modern Gun Youth Hunt (permit hunt):
Nov. 7-8, 2015.
Deer Modern Gun Mobility Impaired Hunt (permit hunt): Dec 14-15, 2015.
WMA Deer Bag Limit:
Four deer, no more than one buck, which may include:
• One buck with archery,
• Four does with archery,
• One buck or doe with muzzleloader permit,
• One buck or doe with modern gun permit.
Deer Notes: Three-point rule. No dogs. Limit during the modern gun special youth hunt and the modern gun mobility impaired permit hunt is two deer, one buck (no antler restrictions) and one doe.
Nov. 1, 2015-Feb. 7, 2016. Daily limit - 6, possession limit -12. Bird dogs allowed.
Sept. 1, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016. Daily limit - 8, possession limit - 16. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts.
May 15, 2015-Feb. 29, 2016. Dogs allowed except during firearms deer hunts. Daily limit - 12, possession limit - 48.
Sept. 1, 2015-Feb. 21,2016. Open Thursdays through Mondays. No limit.
- Camping is restricted to five primitive sites on Pigeon Roost Trail.
- The area south of Highway12, east of county road 98 and north of Bettis Hill Road is closed to hunting.
- The area north of Sawmill Road and Rambo Road is open to archery hunting.
- The area north of Highway 12, east of Van Hollow and west of Rambo Road is open to firearms deer and bear hunting.
|Leased Land Permit Required||No|
|About the Name|
It is named after Roscoe C. Hobbs, former owner.
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
It was purchased in 1979.
The area was acquired by the state to protect, manage and make available to public use an essentially undeveloped tract of land located near a rapidly growing population center. Goals for the property are not to duplicate existing private sector facilities and services but to provide a broad spectrum of recreational opportunity. Three state agencies, Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Natural Heritage Commission are responsible for managing the natural resources under a multiple use concept. Initially each agency had a zone of management responsibility within the area but direction has changed in recent years to a more cooperative multidisciplinary approach to managing the entire area.
The area is 12,055 acres in size and is typical Ozark Mountain terrain. The area is predominantly woodland consisting of stands of upland hardwoods and shortleaf pine/hardwood forest. Beaver lake lies on the northern boundary of the area and War Eagle Creek on the southern boundary.
State highway 12 bisects the area and connects with US highways 62 and 71 to the west in Rogers and with state highway 23 to the east between Huntsville and Eureka Springs. Highway directional signs are located at these intersections.
The area is open to hunting in season game. The area offers fair to good hunting for white-tailed deer, squirrels and raccoons. There is very limited waterfowl hunting opportunity on nearby Beaver Lake. Hunters should always check the wildlife management area section of the current edition of Arkansas Hunting Guidebook for specific area seasons, bag limits, and regulations before hunting on the area.
Wildlife management activities on the area to date have been limited to law enforcement, conservative hunting season frameworks and some biological data collection. Insufficient personnel and funding have prevented the implementation of an active habitat management program on the area.
|Recreation Other Than Hunting|
Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and camping are available on Beaver Lake. Observing Bald Eagles and other migratory and resident birds and wildlife is also a popular winter activity. Contact the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers Resident Office at (501) 636-1210 for more information about water conditions and facilities on Beaver Lake.
Natural areas and interesting geological features, including sinkholes, caves, springs, and seeps abound on the Hobbs area. Some areas of special interest include Van Winkle Hollow, Shaddox Hollow Blackburn Creek, Kirk Hollow, Devils Gap and Hurricane Hollow.
The Beaver Lake Nursery Pond, a supplemental fish rearing facility operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, is near the western boundary of the area on Blackburn Creek. A public shooting range is available, Tuesdays through Sundays, for practice and sighting in firearms. A pre civil war historic site, containing an important industrial site and slave quarters, is located in Van Winkle Hollow. The cultural and historical significance of this site ranks highly both in northwest Arkansas and statewide. The Van Winkle Mill site is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Camping is generally not allowed on the Hobbs area, however primitive camping sites for backpackers are located on the Pigeon Roost Trail. Public toilet facilities are available at the Pigeon Roost trailhead and at the public firing range. Numerous developed camping and picnic areas are available on nearby Beaver Lake.
|Restaurants and Other Facilities|
The Bean Palace Restaurant, closed during the winter months, is located at War Eagle Mill just off the southern boundary of the area. Several eating establishments are located around Beaver Lake and in the nearby communities of Rogers and Eureka Springs. Finnegan's on highway 12 offers commonly needed supplies. Rogers and Eureka Springs offer full service accommodations. Boats and sailing vessels may be rented at numerous marinas located around Beaver Lake.
Hunters and hikers should be especially careful when they venture off established trails as the many sinkholes and bluffs are potential pitfalls. Visitors to the area who are not familiar with winding roads in NW Arkansas should remain especially alert when driving through the area. Anyone walking in the woods during the warmer months should carry and use effective insect repellents to ward off disease carrying ticks and chiggers.