Waterfall Area Near Falling Water Falls (Ozark Forest)

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Small Waterfall

This is a neat little waterfall area in the Ozark National Forest that we visited back on December 31. If you’re near Falling Water Falls, you should check this out too.

If you are at the bottom of Falling Water Falls, you can hike downstream a few hundred yards, and there is a creek that comes in from the left. The creek cascades down and forms two small waterfalls before emptying into Falling Water Creek.

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One of two small waterfalls near Falling Water Creek

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Glory Hole Falls Trail Photos Summer 2014 (Ozark Forest)

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View of Glory Hole Falls from behind the waterfall, inside the overhang cave

A few weeks ago, I stopped by Glory Hole Falls Trail in the Ozark National Forest (Newton County). This was my second time to walk on this trail. (For more about the trail check out Brent’s trail review post or my trail review with gpx-based trail map.)

As expected, the trail has quite a different look in the summer than it did in February. Much more greenery in summer.

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Glory Hole Falls

Thanks to some recent rain, there was a moderate flow on the stream and waterfall that day. 

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Petit Jean: Cedar Creek Trail (1 mi)

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Cascade on Cedar Creek, near the second footbridge.

About a week ago, I got to hike the Cedar Creek Trail (aka “Cedar Creek Self-Guided Trail”) at Petit Jean State Park. It had been about 4 years since I hiked this trail, and I had forgotten how pretty it is.

It is especially nice after there has been recent rain. When I hiked it last week, there had been quite a bit of recent rain in central Arkansas.

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The second (north) footbridge on the Cedar Creek Trail.

This 1.1-mile loop trail has some climbing, but it is not very difficult. There is only about 240 feet of total elevation gain. The net elevation change is about 120 feet.

The Cedar Creek Trailhead is easy to find. It is on the park’s main road (Petit Jean Mountain Road), about a half-mile east of Mather Lodge. Just watch for the pioneer cabin at the trailhead. 

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Lost Valley Trail – Video of Eden Falls at High Water (Buffalo River)

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A few weeks ago on June 6, while returning from a family vacation, we made a brief stop in the Buffalo National River and walked the Lost Valley Trail. While it was pouring down rain that early afternoon, we were debating whether to give it a try. (Of course, I was up for it. But not everyone gets into walking in the rain.)

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Eden Falls (Lost Valley Trail) at High Water (taken with my phone camera)

It was still sprinkling when we started walking the trail about 2 p.m. It had pretty much stopped by the time we reached the waterfall.

Thanks to all the recent rain, there was lots of water flowing in Clark Creek and the surrounding streams. It was really cool.

Alternate video link.

Of course, the highlight of the trail is Eden Falls. I had been to Eden Falls 4 or 5 times already, but never at such high water. I thought the waterfall that day was awesome.

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