Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Pics

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Pics photo
There are lots of great views of Spring Mountain from the west side of the Rim Trail.

The Rim Trail at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is one of my favorite trails. In fact, I think it’s one of the 3 most scenic mountain trails in Arkansas. (The others are White Rock Mountain Rim Trail and the Pinnacle Mountain Summit Trail loop.)

What makes this 3.2-mile loop trail really special is the amazing views from nearly the entire hike. Much of it has really interesting bluffs and rock formations as well.

Generally, it’s not a difficult trail. There are a few places with some climbing, but the majority of it has little elevation change.

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Pics photo
South-facing view from Sunset Point at the north end of Mount Nebo.

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Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail – 5 mi

Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail - 5 mi photo
North Rim Trail at Mount Magazine. View of the Cameron Bluff part of the mountain from the vista at around 1.2 from visitor center. (Panoramic.) 

The North Rim Trail at Mount Magazine is one of the 3 trails with the park’s best views. (The other two are Bear Hollow Trail and Benefield East Loop Trail.)

The trail runs along the north rim from the visitor center on the east end over to the campground at Cameron Bluff on the west end.

It’s 5 miles as an out-and-back hike (2.5 miles each way). It has some great views and is not too difficult.

Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail - 5 mi photo
East-facing view of Mount Magazine from Dill Point on North Rim Trail. (Panoramic.) 

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Lake Leatherwood: Beacham Trail Pics

Lake Leatherwood: Beacham Trail Pics photo
Lake Leatherwood (panoramic shot) via the dam which the Beacham Trail crosses.

Beacham Trail at Lake Leatherwood (Eureka Springs, Carroll County) is a cool 3.2-mile trail that is not very difficult. It makes a loop around the lake and has some nice views, especially at the north end where the trail goes across the dam.

The trail profile is in this post.

These are some additional photos from my August 29, 2015 hike.

Lake Leatherwood: Beacham Trail Pics photo
Beacham Trail with a view of the lake on the east side.

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Big Creek Cave Falls (Ozark Forest)

Big Creek Cave Falls (Ozark Forest) photo
Big Creek Cave Falls, Ozark National Forest

The hike to Big Creek Cave Falls (Newton County, Ozark National Forest) and along Big Creek is one of the best surprise hikes in the Ozarks. This is a spectacular area and is now one of our favorite places in northwest Arkansas.

It’s surprising that in 12 years of coming to the area I’d never heard anyone even mention this great hike and unique waterfall. I had just pulled it out of Tim Ernst’s Arkansas Waterfalls book and thought, “That looks cool. We should check it out.” And it is definitely worth checking out.

The setting is beautiful. There are multiple waterfalls in the area; two of which pour right out of a cave. And the creek itself has a lot of spectacular water features, and the grand finale does not disappoint.

There is no official trail. However, half of the trail is very easy to navigate; the other half requires some imagination and bushwhacking.

The best time to check out the trail is probably in early spring when the water is up, but before the growth in the woods becomes too challenging to navigate.

Big Creek Cave Falls (Ozark Forest) photo
Unnamed waterfall along Big Creek, Ozark National Forest

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