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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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Falls Creek Falls, Lake Catherine State Park

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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Kings River Falls at High Water Video

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Kings River Falls – Feb 10, 2013

Kings River Falls is a cool 10-foot waterfall in east Madison County. Back in February 2013, I had my first visit to the Kings River Falls Trail. (Photos in this post.)

The falls were at pretty high water that afternoon. I thought it was awesome.

Alternate video link.

These are some camera videos I took. The video just below shows a cool cascade adjacent to the waterfall. The others are of Kings River Falls.

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Kings River Falls Trail – 2 mi

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Kings River Falls

One of the great things about hiking and playing in the wilderness in Arkansas is that each time you visit an area, it takes on a bit of a different feel depending on the time of year you go. Different weather and water levels make a big impact, as do leaf color, what flowers are in bloom, and who you are sharing the trail with.

There may be no better example of this than the Kings River Falls Natural Area in east Madison County.

The Kings River Falls Trail is a great hiking trail, only about 1.8 miles round trip (.9 miles, out and back), and filled with beautiful scenery. It’s a relatively flat, easy hike, so it’s good for families too.

The highlight of the trail is the 10-foot tall Kings River Falls.  During warm weather, the area can become a (justifiably) popular swimming hole.  It’s definitely worth the time to check out.

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Kings River Falls Trailhead
Getting to Kings River Falls Trail

To get there, go to the community of Boston (just a few homes there now). It is on Highway 16 between Pettigrew and Red Star, about 19 miles west of Fallsville.

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