Over the past couple of years, the Buffalo River National River folks have been spending a lot of time and money fixing up many of the old homesteads along the river. The Villines Homestead is one that has gotten a lot of attention lately.
The Homestead was built between 1880 and 1940 and belonged to Jim Villines. “Beaver Jim,” as he was known, built the cabin when he married his wife, Rachael. His boyhood home is across the river at the interchange from Highway 43 and the Ponca river access to the Buffalo River.
Getting to the Villines Homestead
Beaver Jim’s adult homestead is easily accessible from the Ponca Buffalo River access. Just head down to the Ponca river access and park on the side of the river you came in on. Cross the old Ponca low-water bridge and then head out on the old road to the left. This is a part of the Buffalo River Trail to Steel Creek. Continue reading Villines Homestead (Buffalo River) (.5 mi)→
Back in early June, I was excited to hike to Hemmed-in Hollow Falls. It is in the Upper District of the Buffalo National River, southwest of Harrison, Arkansas. I took the main trail from the Compton Trailhead.
Hemmed-in Hollow Falls is the tallest waterfall in Arkansas — 209 feet. It also is the longest waterfall between the Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains.
This trail is a tough challenge, but the waterfall is very beautiful. My first attempt at doing the trail back in May was only of limited success. (I finished nearly all of the trail, but ended up going on a spur and inadvertently went to a different waterfall.)
The trailhead is in the community of Compton, about 15 miles southwest of Harrison on Highway 43. When you get to Compton, just follow the “Compton Trailhead” signs.