Haw Creek Falls (Ozark Forest)

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Haw Creek Falls, Ozark National Forest
Haw Creek Falls, Ozark National Forest

People determine beauty and what is “interesting” differently. When it comes to waterfalls, I favor cascades and rolling waterfalls more than pour-off types of falls. Others like tall pour-offs better.

There are plenty of both types to see in northwest Arkansas.

My preference for cascading waterfalls is one reason I loved visiting Haw Creek Falls. It is in the Ozark National Forest in northeast Johnson County.

The falls is short (only about 8 feet tall), but it has a lot of interesting cascades and a picturesque setting that makes this a place I can’t wait to come back to.

Haw Creek Falls, Ozark National Forest
Haw Creek Falls
Getting to Haw Creek Falls

To get there from Jasper, go south on Highway 7 for 27 miles, and turn west onto south Highway 123. Travel 12 miles on Hwy 123, and you’ll see the sign for the Haw Creek Falls Campground. (You can get Google Maps directions at this link.)

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Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail Pics 2014

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Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Toward the end of August last year, I did a hike on the Pigeon Roost Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, the largest state park in Arkansas.

Pigeon Roost is one of the most popular trails in the park. (Check out the trail summary with maps and elevation profile.)

The trail consists of a west loop (Huckleberry), an east loop (Dry Creek), and then a .7-mile starting spur on the east end. The two loops have a .6-mile overlap in the middle.

Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Beaver Lake near the Beaver Lake Overlook on the Pigeon Roost Trail

It’s a 9.4-mile hike if you do the entire figure-8. On this hike, I just did the outer loop (i.e., without the middle overlap) taking it counterclockwise for an 8.2-mile hike.

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Devil’s Den: Twin Falls Winter Video

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Screen shot of Twin Falls video

In early January I had a cool (and cold) visit to Twin Falls on the Devil’s Den Trail (the cave trail) at Devil’s Den State Park (Washington County). It was great to see both branches flowing well, and I got a kick out of the icicles as well.

Alternate video link.

According to Tim Ernst’s Arkansas Waterfalls, Twin Falls has heights of 47 and 56 feet.

These are some cell videos from several vantage points that I took of the falls that morning (January 4). (See this post for photos I took that morning.)

The video above was taken about 10 feet to the left of the main waterfall.

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Pinnacle Mountain: West Summit Trail Pics 2014

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West Summit Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Climbing up the West Summit Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Follow the yellow blazes.

About a month ago during the holidays, my brother and I did a hike up the West Summit Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Pulaski County, near Little Rock). This is an awesome trail.

There are two trails that will get you to the top of Pinnacle Mountain: the East Summit Trail and the West Summit Trail. The West Summit Trail is the most travelled, but the East Summit Trail is pretty popular too.

The net elevation change either way is about 650 feet.

The upper halves of both trails are quite steep, but the East Summit Trail is much more so. The upper part of the West Summit Trail is like a very steep crooked rock  staircase. On the East Summit Trail, the trail is just scaling boulders. (Check out some pictures, maps, and elevation profile in this Summit Trail Loop post.)

West Summit Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Southwest facing view from the upper parts of the West Summit Trail.

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