Sunday morning I made a visit to White Rock Mountain in the Ozark National Forest and walked the Rim Trail. It is one of my favorite trails to hike. It is a loop trail that circles the top of the mountain, and it has awesome views all the way around.
The trail is only about 2 miles long, so it doesn’t take long to hike the loop. The four shelters along the trail are also nice vista-viewing spots.
Last weekend, we hiked the Richland Creek Wilderness area of the Ozark National Forest back to Richland Falls and Twin Falls of Richland.
It had been probably eight years since last hiked to this area. It was among the first hikes we did in Arkansas. We loved it then, and it was great to go back.
This area is highly regarded by national publications and by locals alike. But since it is not easy to reach, it is not as well-traveled as many areas.
The waterfalls are the highlight of the hike, but really, the hike itself is spectacular.
Getting to the Trail
Let’s talk a bit about how to get to the trail. First, let me note something about trail guides to the area. Tim Ernst, who writes all the major trail guides to the area, recommends people come into the falls from the Hill Cemetery from the north. The basis for his recommendation is: (a) it sounds like easier hiking since it mostly follows an old road, and (b) it allows the hiker to avoid wading across Richland Creek (a large creek with a lot of water).
However, Ernst notes in some of his updated guides that the road to Hill Cemetery has been unmaintained lately, and a four-wheel drive vehicle may be needed to get there.
As someone who was using an older trail book (that noted none of this), I can tell you the road to Hill Creek cemetery definitely requires the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle, and I would recommend a skilled driver. That road is narrow, steep, and in poor condition.
So instead, let’s start our hike from Richland Creek Campground.
[Note: as of 7-20-2015, the Lost Valley Trail is closed due to damage from recent flooding. Check with National Park Service for more information.]
Back on December 30, I visited Eden Falls on the Lost Valley Trail. It is in the Buffalo National River area near Ponca. (At one time, this was Lost Valley State Park. Google Maps still shows it with that name.)
I was excited to see a pretty good flow on the waterfall. And there were a few icicles as well!
These are some cell phone videos I took that afternoon of Eden Falls around 4 p.m.