Hiking – waterfalls

Hiking – waterfalls

Hiking – waterfalls

BRT – Buffalo River Trail

The Buffalo River Trail “BRT” is a multi day adventure. It runs from Boxley to Pruitt. Its one of the best backpacking adventures in mid-America because of its wilderness setting, superior scenic beauty, opportunity to encounter wildlife and the chance to visit historic homeplace remnants.

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Lost valley – Eden Falls

You’ll love this hike, it begins at Lost Valley Campground just off Highway 43 between Boxley and Ponca. You’ll discover the “Siamese Beeches”, two trees that have grown together over the years; the “Jigsaw Blocks”, another natural bridge; then Cobb Cave which is a giant overhang you can walk back into.  After that take a walk up to Eden Falls, which are absolutely beautiful. Then turn around and come back to the intersection, take a right and go to the cave. Be sure to take a good light with you. You’ll have to crawl a short way, but then it opens up into a large room with a 35 foot waterfall.

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Hemmed in Hollow

Hemmed-In Hollow Falls and Diamond Falls are two of the tallest waterfalls in Arkansas.  In fact, at 209 feet high, Hemmed-In Hollow Falls is the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains.

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Hammerschmidt Falls

This trail is best visited in the spring or late fall when the water is flowing. It’s a easy hike for a nice payoff.

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Eye of the Needle from Indian Creek Trail

The Eye Of The Needle hike is one of the most scenic and diverse hikes in the Ozarks. This hike includes waterfalls, caves, rock formations, and a beautiful overlook. Anyone from a beginner to an avid hiker can find something to enjoy on this hike.

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Hideout Hollow

This is a great little trail that takes you into a large bluff and waterfall area. Along the trail you will see some fantastic sights, thick stands of trees, and an apartment-sized rock that has broken off from the bluff with giant pines sprouting from it. You will pass through a cedar grove and start hearing water so that’s a sign that you are nearing the head of Hideout Hollow.  

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Triple Falls

A great hike for the whole family. The trail itself is only a .35 mile roundtrip hike that offers some great scenery. 

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Villines Homestead trail

Over the past couple of years, the Buffalo River National River folks have been spending a lot of time and money fixing up many of the old homesteads along the river. This Homestead was built around 1880 and belonged to Jim Villines. Beaver Jim’s adult homestead is easily accessible from the Ponca Buffalo River access. 

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Big Bluff via Centerpoint

If you’re looking for a big view of the Buffalo River combined with a world-class geologic experience, then Big Bluff and its narrow Goat Trail is your kind of place. At 550-ft tall, Big Bluff is just that—big. In fact, it’s so big that it has the distinction of being the tallest sheer bluff face found between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. Enjoy the view but use extreme caution on Big Bluff.

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Cecil Cove Loop – Thunder Falls

This is a difficult trail to see a waterfall. This area has been said to have been a hideout for 36 fugitives in the early 1900s to include Jesse James and Cole Younger. The Erbie area is thought to be one of the more beautiful areas around and you can check out the historic church while out there.

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Liles Falls

A Forty-one foot tall waterfall in the Ozark Mountains!  Beautiful Arkansas waterfall and best viewed in high water right after a rain.

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Parker – Hickman Farmsted

A historic Farmstead with a few cool older building you can tour.

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Ceder Grove & Ponds trail

These wheelchair accessible Trails are near many other trails in the Erbie area.

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Paige & Broadwater Hollow

The hike may be really short, but that doesn’t make the waterfalls here less impressive. In fact, this is one of the prettiest areas in the Ozarks and I feel like these falls should be much harder to reach.

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Koen interpretive Trail

On this short walk, there are 34 different kinds of trees and other plants identified with signs along the trail. The trail is wheelchair accessible and has benches scattered along the way so you can sit down, take a break, and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the forest. There are trail guides at the trailhead that explain all of the plants you will be seeing, so be sure to pick one up. Take Highway 7 north from Jasper, approximately three miles, turn left at the Erbie Campground road, then one half mile down the dirt road turn right. Two hundred yards down that road, take a left and you’ll be at the trailhead parking area.

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Alum Cove

This trail leads to an impressive natural rock bridge, 13O feet long and 12 feet thick. You can walk around, over and under the bridge, explore some small caves, wade in a cool creek, and in the wet season, enjoy the splendor of waterfalls behind the bridge. Take Highway 7 south from Jasper, turn west on Highway 16 toward the town of Deer. At about one mile, turn right on Forest Road #1206, go three miles to a sign, turn right again and you’ll be at the beginning of the trail.

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Hawksbill Crag

Hawksbill Crag juts out nearly 150 feet over the surrounding landscape below. Go on an early autumn morning, when the low sun floods the valley and lights up the changing maple, beech, hickory, and ash trees it see one of the most recognized spots in Arkansas. This Hike is often featured as one of the top 10 in America.

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Compton, Amber and Owl Falls

This is a great area to hike, and I highly recommend it. The whole area hiked is in the northwest part of the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area. BIt is somewhat rugged, but no more so than most areas of the Ozarks. The three major waterfalls, Compton’s Double Falls, Amber Falls, and Owl Falls, are only a little over a mile total from the parking spot.

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Sweden Falls

Sweden Creek Falls is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail that features an 81 foot waterfall and is good for all skill levels.

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Bowers Hollow & McClure Falls

There are a couple Falls here. It is a bushwhack for sure.

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Car Wash Falls

This is the easiest and one of the most uniqe waterfalls ever. You drive your vehicle under it.

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Paradise Falls

This one has 10 falls of sorts in this area. Again a bit of a bushwhack.

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Smith Creek Elise Falls

Elise Falls at the Nature Conservancy’s Smith Creek Preserve (Newton County) is one of the highlights of the area for photographers and nature lovers. The preserve lies above Sheffield Cave (closed to the public) where the largest colony of Indiana bats in Arkansas hibernates each winter.

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The Glory Hole

The Glory Hole has to be one of the weirdest waterfalls ever. It started out eons ago like many Ozark waterfalls, just a creek spilling out over a big sandstone ledge. But over the millennia, this ‘little creek that could’ eroded a hole all the way through the ledge. Now the waterfall starts up above the ledge and pours down through the hole into the large shelter cave below the ledge. Glory Hole’s ‘cool factor’ plus the fact that it is a relatively easy hike makes it a popular location

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Lonesome Hollow Falls

To get to the trail head from the north, take Highway 7 to the little community of Cowell (17.6 miles south of Jasper). Just .2 miles south of Cowell is the Cowell Cemetery. Turn right (southwest) onto the road that leads to the Cowell Cemetery. As you get behind the cemetery, turn right onto Forest Road 1253. (There is a sign marker, and it is marked as a “dead end”.) The road is gravel, but it is generally in good shape for an average vehicle. There are two roads here–one goes down the hill and one stays on the level. Stay on the one that is on the level.

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Round Top Mountain

Come enjoy some of Newton County’s most spectacular vistas as it circles a well-known landmark. About three miles of trail passes towering bluffs, huge trees, including the largest stands of pawpaw’s in the area, and a very lush, diverse plant community. Enjoy spring’s brilliant carpet of wildflowers or fall’s fiery’ beauty. Roundtop was the tragic site of a 1948 crash of a military plane and the former bluff shelter home of the earliest native people, which adds some historical interest on this trail. Access is south of Jasper about three miles on Highway 7. Turn right at the hiking sign to enter the parking area. A signboard with a map will help you plan your hike.

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Pedestal Rocks/Kings Bluff

To reach the trail head for these two hikes, take Hwy 16 east, off Scenic 7 Byway at Pelsor, go about 6 miles and look for the sign for the trailhead on the right. From the parking lot, cross the rock bridge and the trail will fork. Straight ahead leads to Pedestal Rocks and if you want to go to Kings Bluff, turn right. Both of these trails are wonderful but do hug the edge of high bluffs for most of the way, so they are not recommended for small children or careless hikers.

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Sams Throne

Sam’s Throne is named for Sam Davis, buffalo hunter and firebrand evangelist who in the 1800’s would climb to the top of the sandstone butte to preach his brimstone to the valley below. As for the legends of the area, from Old Sam to moonshine, may not be true, the one thing that is fact is the steep abundance of high-grade sandstone for rock climbing. 

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Big Creek Cave Falls

This waterfall has many falls, an old homestead near and a creak in a cave. It’s a must see.

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Sandstone Castle

The Sandstone Castles are actually a series of caves cut into the rock of the bluff at the top of the ridge overlooking Big Devil’s Fork and Long Devil’s Fork high above where they join at Twin Falls of Richland. The caves have ‘windows’ overlooking the valley below. Legend has it this place was used by criminals and civil war deserters to hide out from the Law.

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Native American Falls

One of the larger cascading waterfalls. This is a harder hike.

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Ozark Highland Trail/ Fairview campground

About 270 miles of trail have been built. Most of the remaining 50 miles are in the Lake Norfork area, where we have people scouting routes and procuring easements.  Construction in this area could begin in a year or two.  The other gap is the Lower Buffalo Wilderness where the National Park Service has not yet authorized construction.

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Fern Falls

Fern Falls is a quick hike just off of Highway 7 south of Jasper. There is not an official trail here, but the trail to it generally follows some old road traces and thus tends to be fairly easy to follow. The trailhead begins 11.4 miles south of the Jasper square on Highway 7. At 11.4 miles, there is a “Historic Highway 7” sign on the west side of the highway. There is no official parking area here, but if you can pull off the side of the highway here and find a place to park, that’s the spot. The trail begins just behind the sign.

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