Category - West Arkansas

Posts in West Arkansas including including the White Rock Mountain (Ozark National Forest) and Mount Magazine, Mount Nebo, and Lake Fort Smith state parks. Also see West Arkansas Trails Page.

Highway 123 Falls (Ozark Forest)

Highway 123 Falls (Ozark Forest) photo
Highway 123 Falls, Ozark National Forest

We were fortunate to spend Thanksgiving weekend at the cabin.  It was an amazingly rainy weekend, and we got to spend a lot of time with rest and relaxation.

However, by Sunday I was starting to get cabin fever, and with all the rain, I knew the water would be flowing. We didn’t want to venture too far out in the wilderness as the rain had gone from light to very heavy, and as much as I love the outdoors, in a cold, wet rain can be a tough way to go about enjoying them.

After a couple of failed attempts to see other waterfalls (due to many water crossings being flooded), we headed down to check out Highway 123 Falls, a 47-foot Ozark National Forest waterfall in northeast Johnson County. Continue reading Highway 123 Falls (Ozark Forest)

Natural Dam Falls Winter Pics (Ozark Forest)

Natural Dam Falls Winter Pics (Ozark Forest) photo
Snowy Natural Dam Falls from the west side, Ozark National Forest

We typically do not get a lot of ice and snow in the winter here in west Arkansas. When we do get snow, I love the chance to take some winter shots at natural sites.

Natural Dam Falls is a cool waterfall in northern Crawford County in the Ozark National Forest. It is a 187-foot-wide natural wall of rock that spans the width of Mountain Fork Creek.

As I note here, the falls is easy to get to.

Natural Dam Falls Winter Pics (Ozark Forest) photo
Natural Dam Falls from the east side

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Native American Falls in Piney Creeks WMA (Ozark Forest)

Native American Falls in Piney Creeks WMA (Ozark Forest) photo
Native American Falls, Piney Creek WMA, Ozark National Forest

Native American Falls is a fantastic waterfall in some rugged country within the Piney Creeks Wildlife Management Area in the Ozark National Forest in northwest Pope County.

The parking spot is easy to find and the falls is rugged to get to, but you will be rewarded with a fantastic 41-foot tall waterfall that cascades down the bluff and some beautiful scenery along the way.

Getting to Piney Creeks Wildlife Management Area 

The trailhead is easy to find. It is .4 miles south of Pelsor (aka Sand Gap) on Highway 7. Pelsor is a small community 28 miles south of Jasper and 28 miles north of Dover on Highway 7.

There is a sign for the Piney Creeks Wildlife Management Area on the west side of the highway. Park by the sign.

For approximate Google Maps directions to this area from your location, see this link.

Native American Falls in Piney Creeks WMA (Ozark Forest) photo
The sign for the Piney Creeks WMA is the parking spot to get to Native American Falls.
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Falling Water Falls Video (Ozark Forest)

Falling Water Falls Video (Ozark Forest) photo
Falling Water Falls – Video Screen Shot

Falling Water Falls (north Pope County) is one of the best known waterfalls in the Ozark National Forest. It is a beautiful 10-foot waterfall on Falling Water Creek, near the Richland Creek Wilderness.

During most of the year, there is just one flow,  but during high water, the flowing area can span 40 or 50 feet.

Alternate Video Link

Getting to Falling Water Falls

For most people, to get there you should first head toward the community of Pelsor (or Sand Gap). It is in north Pope County at the intersections of Highways 7, 16, and 123. Continue reading Falling Water Falls Video (Ozark Forest)