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Bubbling Springs Nature Trail on Harold E. Alexander Spring River WMA
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Bubbling Springs Nature Trail mapBubbling Springs Nature Trail on Harold E. Alexander Spring River WMA

Distances
Bubbling Springs Nature Trail is a moderate 1.2-mile, out-and-back hike.

Bubbling SpringsBubbling Springs

Wildlife and Habitat
Harold Alexander Spring River Wildlife Management Area covers  13,939 acres of upland hardwood forest and glades in the Ozark  highlands. The Spring River flows along the eastern edge of the WMA, and three of its tributaries run through it—Rock, Ott and Pierce creeks. Groundwater from seeps feeds the creeks.
Rock Creek Natural Area’s 415 acres, managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, are embedded in the WMA. Rare plants and animals, native grasses and prairie wildflowers live in several dolomite glades along the creek. Glades are dry, hot, sunny openings in woodlands with shallow, rocky soils and exposed bedrock. Some of the tough plants that live here, such as prickly pear cactus, are associated with deserts. Eastern red cedar trees have choked out native plants on glades after years of fire suppression. Look for signs of cedar tree removal as restoration and management continues.

Hunting
Check the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook for hunting season dates, and wear hunter orange at appropriate times.

County

Sharp


Access

Bubbling Springs Trailhead
Latitude/Longitude--
N 36.22710, W 091.44113

Driving Directions 
From Highway 58 in Sitka (Sharp County), turn west on Rock Creek Road and travel 3.2 miles. Cross the bridge over Rock Creek and turn right into the parking area. The trail begin across the road.


Maps

Important Numbers 

Sharp County EMS
911

Sharp County Sheriff’s Office
870-994-7329

Stop Poaching Hotline
800-482-9262

Eastern Collared LizardEastern Collared Lizard, photo courtesy of Nate Weston

Celestial LillyCelestial Lilly, photo courtesy of Craig Fraiser

Prairie WarblerPrairie Warbler, photo courtesy of Dick Baxter