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Hiking trails in Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas including Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

Devil’s Den: Twin Falls Winter Pics

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Twin Falls at Devil's Den State Park
Icicle-adorned Twin Falls at Devil’s Den State Park. This is the main (left or north) waterfall.

One of the highlights of the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail (also referred to as the “cave trail”) at Devil’s Den State Park is Twin Falls, a scenic double waterfall.

Like many Arkansas waterfalls, you can’t always expect to see a good flow on a particular day. So it was a real treat for me a few weeks ago (January 4) to see the falls with the water flowing well.

An added treat for me that cold morning was that there were quite a few icicles at the falls as well. The temps that morning were in the upper teens.

Twin Falls at Devil's Den State Park
The secondary (south) of the two waterfalls of Twin Falls, Devil’s Den State Park.

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Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail – 9 mi

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Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area
Panoramic view from Beaver Lake Overlook on Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, covering 12,000 acres and the largest state park in the state, is a wonderful natural resource. One of the most popular trails at the park is the Pigeon Roost Trail.

The trail is named for the extinct passenger pigeon which used to roost in this area in massive numbers.

The trail consists of an initial .7-mile spur and two large loops which have a .6-mile overlap. You will first come to the Dry Creek Loop, the eastern loop. The Huckleberry Loop is on the west side.

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Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

If you want to hike the whole thing (as a figure-8), the length is  9.4 miles. If you do just the outer loop, skipping the overlap, that is 8.2 miles. If you want to hike just the Dry Creek Loop, that is a 4.1-mile hike.

The Pigeon Roost Trail is easy to find. It has its own parking area right off of Highway 12.

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Devil’s Den Repaired Suspension Bridge Photos 2012

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Suspension bridge, Devil's Den State Park, October 2012
Repaired suspension bridge over Lee Creek, Devil’s Den State Park, October 2012

You may remember that parts of Devil’s Den State Park in northwest Arkansas suffered extensive damage from the April 25, 2011 flooding at the park. (See here and here.) The suspension bridge over Lee Creek was heavily damaged. (See photo below.)

Suspension bridge, Devil's Den State Park, October 2012
Repaired suspension bridge, Devil’s Den State Park

Thankfully, the bridge was repaired (again) last year.

Here are some photos I took in late October of the bridge, the creek, and the fall foliage.

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Devil’s Den Waterfall Photos 2013

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Waterfall on Devil's Den Trail, Devil's Den State Park
Waterfall on Devil’s Den Trail, Devil’s Den State Park

On New Year’s Day, I headed up to Devil’s Den State Park, hoping to get some good waterfall pictures due to recent rain we had in the area. (The waterfall is on the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail aka the cave trail.)

It’s a seasonal waterfall so it doesn’t flow most of the year, especially not when we are in drought conditions.

Waterfall on Devil's Den Trail, Devil's Den State Park
Waterfall and footbridge (facing southwest) on Devil’s Den Trail, Devil’s Den State Park

The water volume that morning turned out to be pretty small, but it was nice to see something flowing. These are some photos I took. (Click for larger view. More below the jump.)

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