Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Photos 2014

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Lost Lake on the Rough Canyon Trail, Robbers Cave State Park

Back on July 13, I hiked the Rough Canyon Trail at Robbers Cave State Park. It was probably my 4th or 5th time to walk the trail.

This 2.9-mile loop trail in the San Bois Mountains is a nice hike. (The interactive trail map and elevation profile is in this post.) It is nearly all wooded, has lots of interesting rocks on and around the trail, and some moderate hill-climbing.

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Panoramic view of the stream (during dry times) in Rough Canyon

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River View/Rock Wall Loop (Buffalo River) (4 mi)

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Panoramic view of the Buffalo River from one of the overlooks on the River View Trail.

This hike is a 3.8-mile loop in the Buffalo River’s Tyler Bend Campground area. (Tyler Bend is also home to the Buffalo National River Visitor Center.) It’s a pretty cool hike as you get to see some nice river vistas, the historic Collier Homestead, and a pioneer rock wall.

This loop is made up of the River View Trail, the Rock Wall Trail, and a small part of the Buffalo River Trail to connect the two.

The hike is moderately challenging with a net elevation change of about 300 feet. Most of this hike is along a ridge.

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Main home structure at the Collier Homestead, Buffalo National River

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Lake Catherine: Falls Branch Trail (Falls Creek Falls) (2 mi)

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Falls Creek Falls on the Falls Branch Trail, Lake Catherine State Park

If you’re a sucker for streams and hills like I am, you should check out the Falls Branch Trail at Lake Catherine State Park. I think this 1.6-mile semi-loop is the most scenic trail in the park.

The highlight of the trail is the 10-foot waterfall, Falls Creek Falls.

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One of the stream-crossing footbridges in the first part of the Falls Branch Trail (panoramic)

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Six Finger Falls on Falling Water Creek (Ozark Forest)

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Six Finger Falls (Newton County, Ozark National Forest) is another great waterfall along Falling Water Creek Road.  And like Falling Water Falls and another falls area along the road, it can be seen just a few hundred yards from the road.

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Six Finger Falls

I’m also going to note that Six Finger Falls is a difficult waterfall to photograph well. It’s very wide and has six different falls that are a part of it (hence the name).

Also you have to turn due south to face the falls, so taking pics in the middle of the day in winter means having a ton of sun in the background.

Directions to Six Fingers Falls

Take Highway 7 to the community of Pelsor (halfway between Jasper and Dover) and turn east onto Highway 16. Travel 10 miles on Highway 16 (past the Pedestal Rocks Special Interest Area) and about 1 mile past the community of Ben Hur, then turn left onto Forest Road 1205.

There is no sign for the Forest Road, but there are signs to “Falling Water Horse Camp.” So turn on the road leading to the horse camp.

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Six Finger Falls

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