Enjoy A Weekend of Outdoor Fun Sure To Leave You Screaming For More

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas is hosting a special weekend for the outdoor enthusiast, headlined by the first annual Dusk Scare – a 4-mile competitive run through the Ouachita Mountains. It’s a challenging course full of natural beauty, and a few not so natural surprises (beware of Zombie attacks)! Residents & Visitors are invited to join in the fun! The 4-Mile Run, Fun Cycle, Geocaching and Bird Watching events are open to the public.

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Check out the Walking Dead Photos by Chas Brunk and other event photos from Craig Johnson and Renee Steinpreis, click here


  • Nathan Hall – HSV
  • Noah Eskew – Jessieville
  • Kizer Calhoun – Hot Springs

Participants of last the 4-Mile Competitive Run ran into a couple of challenges, well actually three!

Three ‘Zombie Zones’ were spread out along the trails to give the runners/walkers a little extra incentive to keep their feet moving. Participants had to go through all three zones TWICE to complete the course. Zombies were after the participants’ life lines – similar to the flags worn in flag football.

Day of Fun Video, click here!

Download “Zombie” 4-Mile Run Map here

This competitive run, presented by Village Home Center, begins at 2:30 p.m. from Cortez Pavilion on Hernando Trail West; it is a challenging trail with lots of natural beauty. Participants walk or run this secluded tree-lined trail while trying to avoid killer Zombies, P1020677who’s tasked with snatching participants’ life flags. (Life or health flags are worn on belts similar to those used in flag football). Runners try to stay one step ahead and keep their life lines intact. However, this is a competitive run; the winner will be declared on his/her performance time regardless of the number of life lines stolen during the event. (No one is disqualified even if ALL of his/her life lines end up in the hands of Zombies.) Walkers may participate for fun; but walking is not a competitive event.

The 4-Mile Run is managed by DLT Events of Arkadelphia, with support from and in benefit of Teen Challenge of Arkansas, a non-profit organization. Please note that both runners and walkers MUST register.



P1020533Bird Watching Eco Walk

Download Bird Watching and Eco Walk Map here

Join members of the HSV Audubon Society for this Bird Watching Eco Walk from 8 to 10 a.m.  Volunteers will hand out trail maps and offer helpful tips on spotting birds and other native wildlife.  Walk along Magellan Beaver Dam at your leisure to enjoy the natural beauty and catch a glimpse of our feathered friends.

What better way to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors!


Geocaching Walk

Download Geocaching Walk Map here


Discover hidden treasures in the Geocaching Walk on Cedar Creek Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. Use your Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device to look for caches (small plastic containers) filled with trinkets and treasures hidden along the trail. Once a cache is found, take and keep a treasure and sign the logbook. Pick up your Geocaching treasure map at the trailhead; it will have the GPS coordinates you’ll need to get started.  The fun is in the hunting – so let the games begin!

Parking will be at Parking Lot A or across the street at the old florist parking lot. A volunteer will be on hand to help as needed and hand out flyers.


Cycling Fun Tour

Watch Cycling Fun Tour Video Click Here

Download Cycling Fun Tour Map here

The Cycling Fun Tour is a scenic bike ride on Hernando Trail from 9 to 11 a.m.cycle This is NOT a race, but a leisurely trek so bikers can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The ride begins at the Village’s POA building going east. Riders have a choice on how far they ride from 5 miles up to 11.2 miles.  A trip to and from Ponce de Leon will be an 11.2-mile ride, or riders can turn around at the bridge over Danville Road for a 5-mile ride. Riders are cautioned to be aware of two-way trail traffic and street crossings.

cyclerideRiders must sign-up upon arrival giving their name, address, phone and emergency contact information to participate. A volunteer will hand out flyers and release riders in small groups allowing time between groups for adequate spacing. This delay will give riders time to review the flyer before setting off; the flyer provides details about the routes and cautions riders about possible hazards like road crossings, rough trails, sharp curves and elevation changes. Water stations will be set up at the beginning and end of the trail. Enjoy the beauty and exhilaration of a bike ride along a secluded Hot Springs Village natural trail.


Dog Costume Parade

Download Dog Costume Parade Map here

Bring your four-legged friend out to play and join in the Dog Costume Parade HSV_DogParade-winnerLGfrom 10 to 11:15 a.m. on the DeSoto Spillway Trail. Dress your dog in his/her favorite costume and enter to win. First place trophies, custom made by the Woodworkers, will be awarded in three dog categories – large, medium and small.  On arrival owners and dogs will be directed to a size staging area near or in the new HSV Dog park, parade down a portion of DeSoto Spillway Trail and back again so judges will have two opportunities to view costumes. (Please note this is a leashed event.)  After judging, dogs and owners will meet in the Dog Park for the award ceremony.


  • Rita (Christine Hoagland)
  • Carlie (Sherri Nichols)
  • Oscar (Mark & Sherry Toopes)


Segway Trail Ride

Download Segway Trail Map here

segway2Learn more about the unique and exciting operation of the Segway Personal Transporter on the DeSoto Marina Trail from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.!  Segway of Arkansas will have several units on hand for demos and test rides. The ride will be along a short section of the DeSoto Marina Trail. The staging area will be announced before the event.

Segway rides are a fun and memorable experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a test ride!

There is safety video on the dealer’s website that will heighten your interest and enhance your experience. Click link http://www.segway.com/support/manuals-guides ; then select: “Safety Video” in the left hand column. The video requires that Adobe Flash Player be installed on your computer. We strongly encourage you to watch this video, at home or at the library.



Hot Spring Village Zombies:

Winner Best Zombie: 

  • Dotty Burke

















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