Category - Northwest Arkansas

Posts in Northwest Arkansas including including Upper Buffalo River, and Devil’s Den, Hobbs, and Withrow Springs state parks. Also see Northwest Arkansas Trails Page.

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (Ozark Forest) – 1 mi

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (Ozark Forest) - 1 mi photo
The Natural Bridge at Alum Cove from below

The Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (near Deer, Newton County, Arkansas, Ozark National Forest) is a relatively short  1.2-mile hike that provides a lot of great features including a couple of waterfalls, a cave, a small stream, and the highlight, the Alum Cove Natural Bridge.

This is a family-friendly destination with a lot of bang for your hiking effort.

I first hiked Alum Cove several years ago, and the area was not in great condition due to some winter storm damage at the time.

At our recent visit in May 2016, it was in much better condition.

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (Ozark Forest) - 1 mi photo
The top of the Natural Bridge

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Devil’s Den: Yellow Rock Trail – 3 mi

Devil's Den: Yellow Rock Trail - 3 mi photo
Yellow Rock bluff overlook (panoramic)

Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park (southern Washington County, Arkansas) is one of my favorite trails. This 3.1-mile semi-loop hike has beautiful views and wonderfully interesting and scenic rocks formations.

The trail is a semi-loop with two major spurs. The opening half-mile spur connects then to a largely triangular-shaped loop.

At the west end of the loop, there is a .3-mile spur over to the CCC Overlook. Including travelling both spurs, the hike length is 3.1 miles.

It’s a moderately challenging hike with some significant climbing and an elevation change of about 400 feet.

For my money, the highlights of the hike are: (1) the Yellow Rock bluff; (2) the CCC Overlook; and (3) the cool rock formations in the initial spur.

Devil's Den: Yellow Rock Trail - 3 mi photo
Overhanging rock along the uphill part of the Yellow Rock Trail, Devil’s Den State Park

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Wolf Creek Cave Falls (via Big Creek Cave Falls Hike) (Ozark Forest)

Wolf Creek Cave Falls (via Big Creek Cave Falls Hike) (Ozark Forest) photo
Falls along Big Creek, Ozark National Forest

In 2014, we hiked down to Big Creek Cave Falls (Newton County, Ozark National Forest) in what was one of our favorite hikes/bushwhacks we have ever done. The hike includes a stream that comes right out of a cave, a 29-foot tall waterfall that comes out of a cave, and another waterfall along Big Creek which is also beautiful. (See the post on that hike here.)

We went back to the area last year because, well, it’s just that good. And because I had found out that there was yet another waterfall on this hike–Wolf Creek Falls–and wanted to check it out.

Wolf Creek Cave Falls (via Big Creek Cave Falls Hike) (Ozark Forest) photo
Wolf Creek Cave Falls
Getting There

The route to get to Wolf Creek Cave Falls is the same  one that you’d take to get to Big Creek Cave Falls.  Directions to Big Creek Cave Falls are here. Continue reading Wolf Creek Cave Falls (via Big Creek Cave Falls Hike) (Ozark Forest)

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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