Windbell Gallery

Buffalo National River
Upper River Area

Phone:  870-861-5566
Artist: Phyllis Roat Hurd
GPS:  35.99613, -93.31950  Map & Directions


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The destinations below are linked to directions maps, and expanded explantions of the destinations themselves. The travel times and distances listed below are from the Windbell Gallery. To create a map and directions from the cabin to the destination, copy and paste the GPS coordinates 36.01169,-93.33733 into the empty box on the mapping page and click on "get directions".

Ponca and Nearby Destinations:

Note that the times and distances listed in italics after the GPS coordinates are from Windbell Gallery
Ponca Elk Education Center (in Ponca)  (870) 861-2432    
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141  (2.8 miles, 5 mins
AGFC elk education center, nationally recognized facility
Open daily 10 - 4:30 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Boxley Valley Elk Herd (Highway 43 & 21)       Web
GPS:  35.97717, -93.40219  (6.8 miles,14 mins)

Home of Arkansas' famous elk herd, arguably the most viewable in the southern US. Mornings and evenings, fall rut exceptional.
Lost Valley Hiking Trail  (3 miles south of Ponca on 43)   
GPS:  36.00297, -93.37295  (4.1 miles, 10 mins)

NPS  The most popular hiking trail in the upper Buffalo River area. Barrier free stretch, suitable for families. Eden Falls, native american shelter, waterfall in cave, outstanding spring wildflowers.
Smith Creek Preserve (3 mi. south of Church on 21)   Web
GPS:  35.93548, -93.38612  (10,4 miles, 19 mins
Nature Conservency, hiking trail 500 ft. descent in 1 mile. Two track road, hiking trail, very scenic spring fed creek with outstanding spring wildflower show. Popular with photographers.  Remote.
Nelms Gallery (in Mt. Sherman, west on 74)
GPS:  36.028595,-93.237708  (8 miles, 14 minutes)
The 3400 square foot gallery is filled with nearly 200 canvas prints of Don Nelms' photography, printed on canvas and framed. There are varieties of landscapes, wildflowers, wildlife, and natural abstracts, virtually all from Buffalo National River Country.
Centerpoint Trailhead (5 miles north of Ponca on 43)       
GPS:  36.09222, -93.334693    (9.2 miles, 17 mins)

This trailhead is popular with hikers and horsemen. It is one of two ways to famous Hemmed In Hollow, the dangerous Goat Trail, Sneeds Creek Trail, and Granny Henderson's cabin. Big elevation changes, not for out of shape hikers. 1,000 ft descent. For most, this is an all day hike requiring frequent rest stops.

Nearby Towns:

Jasper  (16 mles from Ponca on Hwy 74)  20 minutes
GPS:  36.00835, -93.18635  (13.7 miles, 22 mins)

Quaint village of 500, offering places to eat including the Boardwalk Cafe, and the Cliff House Inn (6 miles south on Highway 7). A few shops to visit featuring local artists and offering local curiosities.
Harrison  (26 miles north of Ponca on 43)   35-45 minutes
GPS:  36.23026, -93.10802  (29.4 miles, 41 mins)

Harrison is a small town of 12,000 that offers many services not available at Ponca or Jasper. Most businesses are north of the square, 40 minutes or more away from Ponca. For emergency car repairs it would be the closest destination.

About Phyllis Roat Hurd
Phyllis Roat Hurd's home and studio are located on top of a mountain near Jasper, Arkansas, with a 12-mile view of the Henson valley.  She has chickens and also sheep that mow her yard. There is an abundance of wildlife such as turkey, elk and bear to photograph and draw in this area. There are many nearby sites to visit/explore -- from the beautiful Buffalo National River to Boxley Valley where there is an established herd of elk.
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Works at the Windbell Gallery