“Take A Hike” is a weekly series that examines diversity in the outdoors. In each installment, we’ll highlight one of the Natural State’s 52 state parks and talk to BIPOC Arkansans about what they enjoy about spending time in nature.
"What I enjoy about the outdoors is the peace — hearing the laughter of children, seeing people play sports, putting your feet in the grass and just being present."
Name: Latambria Hampton
Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Currently Lives In: Little Rock, Arkansas
Occupation: Undergraduate Student
Favorite Outdoor Space: Two Rivers Park
What’s one outdoor place you want to explore, but haven’t yet?
I would love to go to Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn., but because of the pandemic I have not been traveling very much.
What do you enjoy about the outdoors?
What I enjoy about the outdoors is the peace — hearing the laughter of children, seeing people play sports, putting your feet in the grass and just being present.
What is the best part of spending time outside with friends?
The memories. I am blessed to have an amazing group of friends and every time we get together it’s nothing but laughter and good times. Although I am only 21 now, I know I will cherish the memories I made in college for the rest of my life.
How often do you try to spend time in nature?
I would probably say about once every two weeks. I am currently a full-time student who also does research for my university, but anytime I am free I love to find trails and take pictures with my mini Polaroid.
ABOUT THE PARK
A National Natural Landmark, Mammoth Spring is one of the world’s largest springs with 9 million gallons of water flowing hourly. It forms a 10-acre lake then runs southward as the Spring River, a famous Ozark trout and float stream. Remnants of a mill and hydroelectric plant are part of Mammoth Spring’s history. The park also features an 1886 Frisco train depot and museum. Adding to the things to do here are a playground, picnic area, baseball field, walking trail, Arkansas Welcome Center and gift shop.