Ride Past Wildflowers on the Frisco
The Frisco Highline Trail is one of the most scenic spots to tackle a pretty darn easy bike ride. It has numerous trailheads so you can break up its massive 35-mile length, it’s mostly flat and it’s often shaded—surrounded by quiet trees, babbling rivers crossable by old rail bridges and an abundance of wildflowers if you visit at just the right time. On past bike rides, we’ve been enchanted by whiffs of honeysuckle, colorful black-eyed Susans, prickly thistle and even an unexpected patch of fragrant hops! You never know what flora you’ll see on the trail, so get out there and look for some springtime beauty.
Visit a Wet-Weather Waterfall
Much like the Buffalo River, several of our local waterfalls are at their prettiest when there’s been a bit of springtime rain. In fact, some of them run completely dry during the hotter summer months. See them while you can. There are several to choose from in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, but Hemmed-In Hollow is one of the most impressive. It’s more than 200 feet tall, tumbling down over a sheer rocky bluff. There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls around southwest Missouri—so many, in fact, that we wrote a whole guide to them.