Tagged: Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Photos 2014

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Lost Lake on the Rough Canyon Trail, Robbers Cave State Park

Back on July 13, I hiked the Rough Canyon Trail at Robbers Cave State Park. It was probably my 4th or 5th time to walk the trail.

This 2.9-mile loop trail in the San Bois Mountains is a nice hike. (The interactive trail map and elevation profile is in this post.) It is nearly all wooded, has lots of interesting rocks on and around the trail, and some moderate hill-climbing.

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Panoramic view of the stream (during dry times) in Rough Canyon

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River View/Rock Wall Loop (Buffalo River) (4 mi)

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Panoramic view of the Buffalo River from one of the overlooks on the River View Trail.

This hike is a 3.8-mile loop in the Buffalo River’s Tyler Bend Campground area. (Tyler Bend is also home to the Buffalo National River Visitor Center.) It’s a pretty cool hike as you get to see some nice river vistas, the historic Collier Homestead, and a pioneer rock wall.

This loop is made up of the River View Trail, the Rock Wall Trail, and a small part of the Buffalo River Trail to connect the two.

The hike is moderately challenging with a net elevation change of about 300 feet. Most of this hike is along a ridge.

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Main home structure at the Collier Homestead, Buffalo National River

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Glory Hole Falls Trail (Ozark Forest) Photos Summer 2014

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View of Glory Hole Falls from behind the waterfall, inside the overhang cave

A few weeks ago, I stopped by Glory Hole Falls Trail in the Ozark National Forest (Newton County). This was my second time to walk on this trail. (For more about the trail check out Brent’s trail review post or my trail review with gpx-based trail map.)

As expected, the trail has quite a different look in the summer than it did in February. Much more greenery in summer.

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Glory Hole Falls

Thanks to some recent rain, there was a moderate flow on the stream and waterfall that day. 

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Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail (3 mi)

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View from inside the Indian Rockhouse cave

I love it when I’m hiking and see something really special that I was not expecting. That’s what happened for me when I first hiked the Indian Rockhouse Trial at the Buffalo Point campground (Buffalo National River).

I knew there were several points of interest along the trail including a waterfall, a closed mine entrance, a “Natural Bathtub,” and something called an “Indian Rockhouse.” But I did not realize until I got to it that the Indian Rockhouse was a huge overhang cave.

This is a cool trail.

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The Natural Bathtub on the Indian Rockhouse Trail, Buffalo National River

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