I live in the Dallas, Texas area, and looking for trip ideas of up to 12 hours away from home in the winter.
I'm looking for backpacking 2-3 day trip ideas, where it hopefuly wouldn't be too cold during the school winter break.
Look into Ozark Society...Arkansas along with their Bayou Chapter in Louisiana...several fall backpacking trips into Arkansas. Also there are several FB groups that hike, backpack again into Arkansas.
Three great trails in the NW Arkansas area (2 of them are long thru-hikes, so you can plan as long or short as you'd like):
* Butterfield Trail - Devils Den SP (link)
* Ozark Highlands Trail (link)
* Buffalo River Trail (link)