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Things To Do At Shady River

  • Rest and relax and enjoy peace and quiet and the beauty of nature...
    • In the Cottage
    • On the deck
    • In a hammock by the riverside or in the woods
  • On the River...
    • Kayaking*
    • Canoeing*
    • Inner Tube floats*
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Enjoy the gravel bar and hiking along the river bank
    • Click here to arrange for motorized river tours, including a river trip to see the famous, historic Looney Tavern (currently unreachable by car)

      *Shady River provides a canoe, kayaks, and tubes, along with the necessary personal flotation and safety devices
      . Due to insurance regulations, all equipment, including the electric kart, is for use by Shady River registered guests only.
  • On the Land...
    • Walk or hike the miles of woodland and meadow trails on our property, or drive most of them using the electric kart we supply to you. If you enjoy mountain biking, bring your non-motorized mountain bike and ride our trails.
      • Drive the electric kart on the hay field perimeter road. It is a mowed path along the edge of the woods/hay fields. The perimeter road connects with the "Old Military Road", an old road bed. Local lore says it was one of many branches of the Old Military Road/Southwest Trail/Natchitoches Trail. It is certainly near the main route of the trail and seems to lead in the general direction of the main route, and  it also leads to a known ford in the river. On the road you will be surprised with a very old dwelling and barn. Some of the newspaper wallpaper inside dates to the early 1920s. We do not recommend entering the old buildings, but look in if you dare!
      • Drive the electric kart beyond the cottages to Mable's Landing on the Eleven Point River for a picnic.
      • Drive the electric kart toward the main house, following signage to the river and take a very rocky road down to the gravel bar. There is a fire pit there for wiener roasts and a gravel bar for relaxing in a lawn chair with your feet in the water.
      • Hike, hike hike! There are at least 5 "mountain" trails to hike on our property. Four of them start from the Hay Field Perimeter Road: Cemetery Road, Hay Field Nature Trail, Walking Stick Trail, and Fence Road. Most are easy hikes and all lead to "Capitol Hill", the summit of our little mountain. Another nice hike begins down in the valley and leads to the trail head at what we call "Cedar Valley".
    • Bird Watch
    • Study local flora and fauna
    • Picnics
    • Nighttime stargazing
    • Sketching and painting
  • At the cottage...
    • Watch a movie. While connection for TV channels is not provided, a TV and DVD movies and player are placed in each cottage for your enjoyment. Feel free to bring your own DVDs.
    • Play games (we provide a few, or bring your own)
    • Read a book (we provide a few, or bring your own)
    • Barbeque on the deck
    • Rock on the front porch and watch for wildlife
    • Sit out under the stars and gaze
    • Relax in the soaking tub on the deck

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