Sams Throne Fall 2013 Photos (Ozark Forest)

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Sams Throne Trail, Ozark National Forest

There is no shortage of great places to see fall color in the Ozarks, but one of my personal favorite areas is at Sams Throne.

The official Sams Throne Trail is a 2.5 mile loop hike in the Ozark National Forest.  The trail takes you down below the bluff line, along the bluff, around the “throne” and back up the other side of the bluff, and then back along the top of the bluff.

Last November we decided to forgo the long trail, and just hike back and forth along the bluff line — about .5 miles round trip — just to take in some great fall color.

These are a few pics I took at Sams Throne.

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The bluff line on the Sams Throne Trail

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Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail (9 mi)              

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Panoramic view from Beaver Lake Overlook on Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, covering 12,000 acres and the largest state park in the state, is a wonderful natural resource. One of the most popular trails at the park is the Pigeon Roost Trail.

The trail is named for the extinct passenger pigeon which used to roost in this area in massive numbers.

The trail consists of an initial .7-mile spur and two large loops which have a .6-mile overlap. You will first come to the Dry Creek Loop, the eastern loop. The Huckleberry Loop is on the west side.

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Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

If you want to hike the whole thing (as a figure-8), the length is  9.4 miles. If you do just the outer loop, skipping the overlap, that is 8.2 miles. If you want to hike just the Dry Creek Loop, that is a 4.1-mile hike.

The Pigeon Roost Trail is easy to find. It has its own parking area right off of Highway 12.

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Kings River Falls at High Water Video

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Kings River Falls – Feb 10, 2013

Kings River Falls is a cool 10-foot waterfall in east Madison County. Back in February 2013, I had my first visit to the Kings River Falls Trail. (Photos in this post.)

The falls were at pretty high water that afternoon. I thought it was awesome.

Alternate video link.

These are some camera videos I took. The video just below shows a cool cascade adjacent to the waterfall. The others are of Kings River Falls.

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Buffalo Point Indian Rockhouse Trail Photos 2014

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Entrance to the Indian Rockhouse Cave

Back on June 1, I had an opportunity to again hike the Indian Rockhouse Trail at the Buffalo River’s Buffalo Point campground. It was a great hike.

The Indian Rockhouse Trail is a cool scenic 3-mile loop trail with a number of great features. In addition to the Indian Rockhouse cave, there is sculptured rock, a sinkhole, a Natural Bathtub, a waterfall, and an abandoned mine entrance.

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Sculptured rock on the Indian Rockhouse Trail (panoramic)

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