Tagged: Difficulty: Easy/Mildly Challenging

Round Top Mountain Trail – 4 mi

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Round Top Mountain from Highway 7 North of Jasper

About two miles south of Jasper on Highway 7 is the prominent and aptly named Round Top Mountain. There is a great hiking trail here with beautiful scenery, wildflowers, and a bit of unusual history.

Round Top Mountain Trail is not a difficult hike. It is about a 3.6 mile hike with a net elevation change of about 300 feet.

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View from the North Overloook from the Round Top Mountain Trail

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Glory Hole Falls Trail (Ozark Forest) – 2 mi

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Glory Hole Falls

Glory Hole Falls is one of the most unique waterfalls in the Ozarks. The waterfall is formed by a stream that flows through the ceiling of an overhang cave.

When the water is really flowing, the hike to it adds to the spectacular appeal of this short trail.

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Volunteer waterfalls along the trail to Glory Hole Falls,  Ozark National Forest
Getting to Glory Hole Falls Trail

The Glory Hole Falls trail is in Newton County in the Big Piney District of the Ozark National Forest.

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Mount Nebo: Bench Road Trail – 4 mi

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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.

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East-facing view from Bench Overlook (panoramic)

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Lake Catherine: Falls Creek Falls Video

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Screen shot of Falls Creek Falls video

Back on June 14, I had a nice hike on the Falls Branch Trail at Lake Catherine State Park (near Hot Springs). This is a wonderfully scenic 1.6-mile semi-loop trail.

The highlight is the 10-foot waterfall, Falls Creek Falls.

Alternate video link.

These are some cell videos I took when from my June 14 hike. As you can see, the falls is also a popular swimming hole. 

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