Abandoned Farmhouse in the Ozark Mountains on the Gravel Road to Hawk’s Bill Crag – Jacki Kellum Watercolor

Having recently relocated to the gorgeous Ozark Mountains, my early New Year’s Resolution is to visit every one of the breathtaking views that are in reasonably close proximity to my new home and then to paint them. I have discovered, however, that getting close enough to photograph specific spots that I see in any of several of my panoramic views is a substantial challenge. I, and ever recently tried to find the famous Hawk’s Bill Crag, and I failed to discover exactly where that site is located, but I found numerous other treasures nearby. Among other things, I came upon a lovely old, abandoned shack, and I painted it today.

Abandoned Farmhouse In The Ozark Mountains on the Gravel Road To Hawk’s Bill Crag (at Whitaker Point)
Jacki Kellum Watercolor

The experience of going to search for one thing and not finding it–and in discovering an entirely different kind of treasure reminded me of the words of a literary genius

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien

The Opening of the Movie Tuck Everlasting Was Filmed at Hawksbill Crag in Arkansas Ozarks

I had decided to seekHawk’s Bill Crag because I had discovered that the Crag was filmed for the opening of the Disney Movie Tuck Everlasting, and from the photos that I had seen on Google, I knew that it would be a visual spectacle. I also felt that the well-known Hawk’s Bill Crag would be a site that had plenty of clear markers leading me and other tourists there. The latter was not the case. Hawk’s Bill Crag is beyond the limits of anyone’s GPS range, and it is hidden on the side of a mountain that can only be accessed from a tricky gravel road. There are no signs pointing to the exact place to begin hiking toward the crag, and on my first venture into the thick of the Ozark Mountains, I spent my time driving up and down a very bumpy passage–never finding Hawksbill Crag that entire day. But I did discover that the road to Hawk’s Bill Crag is packed with treasures of a different sort.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

How to Get to Hawksbill Crag at Whitaker Point in Arkansas

When I returned from my journey in search of Hawksbill Crag, I found more precise instructions that I believe will eventually guide me to the actual summit that I sought on my first trip. I am still convinced that Hawk’s Bill Crag is a beautiful spot that I definitely want to visit, and I have discovered that the Ozarks is a treasure chest of visual delights and that few of them have found their way to Google images. The only way to find them is to set out and wander through the hills.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R Tolkien


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