Guided Hike at Arkabutla lake (Ark Trail)

Let’s walk, Mississippi!  (And enjoy the beautiful outdoors while exercising……)

Please email Natalie Bright at for group tours!

(For your safety:  If you cannot arrive at the hike at the appointed time, simply sign-up for the next hike date and do not attempt to “find” us on the trail by yourself.)

(the video  below is a good preparation for any of the dates listed at the registration link above)

Promo video for the hike………

Please place one of these Ark trail promo posters at your place of business, church or school to help us promote the hikes!

Video:  My first Chickasaw words

DESCRIPTION (The 1.5 hour excursion includes a 15-minute “rest and learn” about half way through the hike.)

Join Dr. Barnes as he takes you through the ARK Nature Trails where you will learn to identify various plants and learn fun interesting facts of the area.  Old Man Barnes will likely incorporate Spanish and Chickasaw history and languages into the flava of his tour.

This will be a fun outdoor event so to ensure you are able to enjoy your morning; please be able to walk the 2 mile unpaved path, climb steps, and come prepared with proper foot wear, water/snack, bug spray,etc. All participants will be required to sign a waiver form upon arrival.

We know you will enjoy your morning and encourage you to bring friends and family along!

If you would like to see some of Dr. Darrell Barnes fun videos, visit his You Tube Channel – Darrell Barnes Science and Nature Channel.

Inclement weather policy:  If it is raining on the day of your excursion, simply sign up for the next date, and we will see each other then!


  1. So, I apparently wrote down the wrong date! A girlfriend and I came Saturday morning at 9 to hike and no one was there!! However, we hiked anyways! It was very cool. She had been before, but it was my first time. Walking stick in hand for spider prevention, she showed me everything! I loved the “bring a book, leave a book”- very serene. We even caught a baby lizard (Henry) that hiked the whole way with us until we let him go at the end. Wish this thing let you post pics.
    It was cool seeing your posters…you can tell you have put in a lot of time there. Do you know who plants all those flowers by the jungle gym???
    -Anyone who can sign up for these hikes with Dr.Barnes should! I can’t wait to go back, take my dog, and try the other trials while I’m at the lake.

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  2. I think these hikes are a good idea! As someone who lives close to there, I’m glad to see people going and experiencing it rather than picking to go hiking somewhere more extravagant (I’m guilty of going to Gatlinburg to go hiking); I’m really sad I’m out of town both of the dates because I’d like to see what it’s all about. It can show the people of Hernando and surrounding areas that exercising in a prettier place like nature makes it a lot more enjoyable (in my opinion). I hope this because a popular thing!


  3. Lovely idea, I am super excited that you are doing this. When you talked about plants and described your biology walks in class I felt like I missed out on field trips during A&P. I would love to participate and I live in Hernando so I will sign up!


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