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.

Haw Creek Falls Winter Pics (Ozark Forest)

Haw Creek Falls, Ozark National Forest
Haw Creek Falls, adorned with icicles

Back on February 28, after we had a nice little snowfall in western Arkansas, I headed over to Haw Creek Falls (Ozark National Forest, northeast Johnson County) to get some winter pictures.

As you might expect, the waterfall was beautiful that morning with the freshly fallen snow and a number of icicles. The temps were in the mid-20’s.

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

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Pam’s Grotto (Ozark Forest)

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Pam’s Grotto

Pam’s Grotto, in northeast Johnson County, is fantastic Ozark National Forest waterfall that is easily accessible with a short hike.

To get to the trailhead, first head to Haw Creek Falls Campground on state Highway 123. (See directions here.)

Turn right (north) out of the campground onto Highway 123  and go .5 miles. Turn right onto a small turnoff that heads down next to Haw Creek. There is a small campsite and parking area here.

Pam's Grotto, Ozark National Forest
Campsite near rock-climbing bluff

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Natural Dam Falls (Ozark Forest)

Natural Dam, Ozark National Forest
Natural Dam Falls from the west side.

Natural Dam Falls (also just called “Natural Dam”), in northern Crawford County, is a cool and very accessible waterfall.

The “dam” looks like a man-made structure, but it is a completely natural wall of rock that spans the width of Mountain Fork Creek. The falls is formed by water flowing over the wall in various places.

Natural Dam Falls, Ozark National Forest
Natural Dam Falls, Ozark National Forest

Natural Dam Falls is about 8 feet tall. According to Tim Ernst, it is 187 feet wide. Continue reading Natural Dam Falls (Ozark Forest)

Haw Creek Falls (Ozark Forest)

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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