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Crystal Digging and Ouachita Hiking Weekend


  • wegner mines AR, 72854 United States (map)
Crystal Digging

Get ready for a weekend full of adventure!  Let 37 North handle everything including camping necessities and campfire meals!  We will leave bright and early Saturday morning to arrive in the quaint town of Mt. Ida just after lunch.  We will stop near the end of the drive for lunch to stretch our feet on a short trail and have a picnic lunch surrounded by our new home for the weekend. After a quick jaunt around Mt. Ida we will head to the main event.

After lunch we will dig for crystals at Wegner Crystal Mines.  Everyone is guaranteed to find natural crystals at this incredibly unique Ozark park.  Explore the area and learn about the geological features that make this place so unique.  

After an afternoon of digging we will stop by the town square before heading to the campsite.  We will set up camp (we will have tents for everyone!) and, if time allows, do a short hike before dinner.  Dinner will be by campfire as your guides make a top tier meal over open flames while you gather around telling stories of the day and showing off the crystals you dug up.  

Sunday morning we will get up to the smell and sounds of nature.  Let the sunlight bring you out of your tents and let your guides make a hearty breakfast over campfire as we take down camp.  We will then head for a great morning hike on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT)  which runs along the entire south side of the lake through most of the campgrounds . The whole trail is 40 miles, we will cover around 4 miles on one of the best sections of the trail.  Get a great sweat on and bask in the dense nature of the Ouachita Mountain region. During this hike you will get to see the incredible differences that this region offers from traveling just a few hours further South.  

After a great morning hike we will stop for a quick tour and lunch in the famous Hot Springs Arkansas before getting back in the van to head home.  Relax as we drive you back with new memories and new friends.

*Tents included

*Meals included: Saturday’s dinner, Sunday’s breakfast and lunch.


INCLUDES: TRANSPORTATION. CAMPING EQUIPMENT, MEALS* AND EXPERT GUIDE

DOES NOT INCLUDE: GUIDE’S TIPS

AGE REQUIREMENT: 13+ ONLY 


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This will be a fun-filled easy weekend full of unique events.  Total hiking will be just around 4 miles on easy terrain.

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One of the most unique activities we have in our region.  Get the full experience digging for crystals, eating meals by campfire, and listening to the sounds of nature tent-side.

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Return happy after an amazing weekend Exploring the Ozarks.


PICKUP LOCATIONS

  • SPRINGFIELD: 5 Pound Apparel at Farmers Park (2144 E Republic Road, Springfield, MO 65804)
    PICK UP TIME: 6:30 AM

  • BRANSON: Starbucks at Target off Highway 65 (200 Ozark Scenic Drive, Branson, MO 65616)
    PICK UP TIME: 7:10 AM

PERFECT FOR

  • First Time Hikers up for a challenge

  • Fit Adventurers looking for a fun day in nature

  • Anyone wanting to experience camping

PACKING LIST

WHAT TO WEAR?

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Comfortable athletic clothing

  • Layers! Its the best way to be prepared for any weather

  • Hat /Sunscreen

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Backpack

  • Camping Equipment:

    • Sleeping Bag

    • Personal Tent (optional)

    • Toiletries

    • Sleeping Pad (optional)

    • Gloves / Stocking Cap

    • Headlamp / Flashlight

    • Reusable Cup / Bottle

    • Warm Sleepwear

    • Rain gear

    • Snacks and water

    • Bug Spray

    • Camera (optional)

SCHEDULE

  • Drive to hike - 2 hours

  • Hike - 2.5 hour

  • Drive to second hike - 30 min

  • Time there - 2 hour

  • Drive to SGF - 2.25 hours

  • Total time - 9.25 hours

Earlier Event: April 7
Waterfalls Hike
Later Event: April 13
Springtime Hike & Winery