[This post was originally published on November 18, 2011 in the blog "Exploring Northwest Arkansas." Note: for up-to-date information on what caves are open in the Buffalo National River, check with the National Park Service.]
The Lost Valley Trail is the most popular hiking trail in the Buffalo River area – and for good reason. It’s easy to get to, easy to hike, very family friendly, and has more “bang for your buck” than nearly any hike anywhere.
This is the first trail I hiked in Arkansas, and it is one of the many reasons I fell in love with the area. It has everything: a natural bridge, high bluffs, beautiful woods, moss-covered rocks, a beautiful waterfall, and even a cave (that also has a waterfall).
Back in March, I was excited to be able to go see Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park (near Morrilton, Arkansas) when there was plenty of water flowing. I have only visited the falls a few times. This time by far had the most water.
These are some of the pictures I took of the falls (and the trail) on my March 9 visit. More after the jump. (Click for larger view.)