Base Trail, north side
One of the cool hiking trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the Base Trail, a 2.7-mile loop around the base of Pinnacle Mountain.
Hikers often use either the north or south part of the Base Trail to make a summit loop — e.g., hiking up the East Summit Trail, down the West Summit Trail, then turning right to complete the loop on the north part of the Base Trail.
But just hiking the Base Trail a pretty cool hike.
Panoramic shot of the Base Trail, on the north side, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Continue reading 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.
View from the North Overlook from the Round Top Mountain Trail
Continue reading 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.
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.
Continue reading 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.
East-facing view from Bench Overlook (panoramic)