Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013 photo
Hemmed-in Hollow Falls, Buffalo National River

Today, I got to hike to Hemmed-in Hollow Falls in the Buffalo National River, about 20 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas. I made the trek via the main trail from the Compton Trailhead.

At 209 feet, the waterfall is the tallest in Arkansas (and the highest between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains).

Hemmed-in Hollow is a fascinating spot. It is walled in on three sides with (during wet season) the waterfall at the center.

Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013 photo
Panoramic shot from under the waterfall

I hope to get a review of my hike posted soon. In the meantime, here are some photos I took today. (More below the jump. Click for larger view.) Continue reading Hemmed-in Hollow Falls (Buffalo River) Photos 2013

Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) – .5 mi

Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) - .5 mi photo
Koen Interpretive Trail trailhead

The Koen Interpretive Trail is short trail that is both easy to get to and easy to hike.

The trail is in the Henry R. Koen Experimental Forest, an 800-acre research forest in the Buffalo National River area that is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It was created in 1950 with the goal of studying plant life in the south Ozarks and understanding sustainability of the forests in the area.

Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) - .5 mi photo
Koen Interpretive Trail

The Koen Interpretive Trail is a short, .25-mile loop through the Koen Interpretive Forest. There are also couple of short spur trails here that connect the different sides of the loop. If you take them all, it will be about .4 miles total. Continue reading Koen Interpretive Trail (Buffalo River) – .5 mi

Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 6 mi

Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest)  - 6 mi photo
One of the Tall Peak Trail crossings at the Saline River

Tall Peak Trail is one of the cool trails near Shady Lake in the Ouachita National Forest, southeast of Mena, Arkansas. The trail is just 3.1 miles each way (for a total hike of 6.2 miles), but it is a challenging climb. The elevation difference between the high and low points is nearly 1,200 feet.

The trail begins at Shady Lake Campground and heads to the top of the aptly named Tall Peak Mountain. Most of it lies in the Caney Creek Wilderness Area.

This was my second attempt to do the Tall Peak Trail. When I first attempted it in January, I aborted the hike about half-way through because I had gotten such a late start. (I also had underestimated the elevation challenge of the trail.)

Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest)  - 6 mi photo
Panoramic shot of the view from one of the vistas on Tall Peak Mountain

During the off-season, the Shady Lake campground gate will probably be closed, but I am told that it is still okay to walk to the trailhead and walk the trail during that time (as I did).

Continue reading Tall Peak Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 6 mi

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail (East Side) Photos 2013

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail (East Side) Photos 2013 photo
Visitor Center and the Rim Trail (panoramic)

Today I was in the Russellville (Arkansas) area and decided to go by Mount Nebo State Park. The Mount Nebo Rim Trail is one of my very favorite hiking trails.

Midday today, I had time to walk the east side of the trail (between the visitor center and the campground). It had been mostly cloudy and somewhat foggy when I started, but the clouds and fog were starting to clear out as I was hiking.

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail (East Side) Photos 2013 photo
Rim Trail (East Side), Mount Nebo State Park

These are some of the photos I took. (Click for larger picture. More below the jump.)  Continue reading Mount Nebo: Rim Trail (East Side) Photos 2013