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.

Devil’s Den: Yellow Rock Trail – 3 mi

Yellow Rock Trail, Devil's Den State Park
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.

Yellow Rock Trail, Devil's Den State Park
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 Falls, Ozark National Forest
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 Falls, Ozark National Forest
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

Beacham Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
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.

Beacham Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
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 National Forest
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 National Forest
Unnamed waterfall along Big Creek, Ozark National Forest

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