Category Archives: 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 (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.) Continue reading Haw Creek Falls (Ozark Forest)

Mount Magazine: Benefield East Loop Trail – 1 mi

Southwest-facing view of Petit Jean River valley from the south part of the Benefield East Loop Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
Southwest-facing view of Petit Jean River valley from the south part of the Benefield East Loop Trail, Mount Magazine State Park

The Benefield East Loop Trail at Mount Magazine State Park is one of my favorite short trails. This one-mile loop has some of the best views in the park.

Mount Magazine State Park sits on the highest mountain in Arkansas. It is near Paris in Logan County and is surrounded by the Magazine District of the Ozark National Forest (the only part of the Ozark Forest south of the Arkansas River).

Southeast-facing bluff view from Benefield East Loop Trail
Southeast-facing bluff view from Benefield East Loop Trail

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Pedestal Rocks Trail Photos Fall 2014

Awesome rock formation on Pedestal Rocks Trail. This view is from the base of the rock.
Awesome rock formation on Pedestal Rocks Trail. This view is from the base of the rock.

I love walking the Pedestal Rocks Trail in the Ozark National Forest. It has some of the most amazing natural features in Arkansas.

Pedestal Rocks Trail and the Kings Bluff Trail are in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area at the north end of Pope County (close to Newton County) on Highway 16 near the community of Pelsor.

Pedestal Rocks Trail is a 2.3-mile semi-loop hike that has some climbing, but it is not all that challenging. (See the full trail summary here.)

Panoramic shot of pedestal rocks and bluff on Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Panoramic shot of pedestal rocks and bluff on Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest

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Mount Nebo: Bench Road Trail – 4 mi

Bench Trail, Mount Nebo State Park
Bench Road Trail at the southeast part of the mountain, Mount Nebo State Park

While not as awesome as the Rim Trail, the Bench Road Trail at Mount Nebo State Park is a pleasant wooded stroll with a number of cool sites.

The trail sits on the natural bench that circles the mountain a few hundred feet below the rim level.

It was built in the 1800’s as a road for residents and visitors to the mountain. It was Bench Boulevard in the 1890’s.

Except for its length, the Bench Road Trail is a pretty easy walk. Including the last quarter-mile walk on the highway, the hike is 3.7 miles.

Bench Trail, Mount Nebo State Park
East-facing view from Bench Overlook (panoramic)

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