Enjoy your October DeSoto Magazine!

Get Outside!

There’s nothing like a dip in temperatures and the first sign of fall colors to lure me outside. The hard part is convincing me to come back in! And within the Deep South, there’s so much to explore and enjoy in our big natural backyard.

I recently hiked down a mountainside to view the spectacular 95-foot Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas, a stunning masterpiece of nature, although the hike back up wasn’t as fun. Petit Jean remains one of Arkansas’s greatest treasures, filled with numerous hiking trails and a lodge dating back to the 1920s. It’s also the first state park in the Arkansas system, one with a unique history.

We spotlight Petit Jean in this, our annual Outdoor Adventure issue, along with a guide to lesser-known national parks. Writer Tom Adkinson takes us behind the scenes in those lesser-traveled and devoid of crowds national parks, spots where getting back to nature means just that.

But it’s also October, when the days shorten, the shadows lengthen, and All Hallows’ Eve approaches. Rich Warren offers a list of spooky Deep South ghost tours, where apparitions range from a red-headed Memphis woman who plays the juke box to yellow fever victims in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Our latest issue offers much more outdoor fun, from bamboo fly-fishing experts to UFOs, so what are you waiting for — get outside!

Happy Fall, y’all.