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Awesome Arkansas waterfalls! Waterfall hikes and some that you can pretty much drive to. Cedar Falls (Petit Jean), Glory Hole Falls (Buffalo River), Hemmed-in Hollow Falls, Eden Falls, and more.

Buckeye Trail/Caney Creek Tr. Loop (Ouachita For.) – 9 mi

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Buckeye Trail, Caney Creek Wilderness, Ouachita National Forest
West-facing evening view of Ouachita National Forest from one of the great vistas on the Buckeye Trail (7-13-2013)

This is a challenging 9.4-mile loop hike in the Caney Creek Wilderness of the Ouachita National Forest in Polk County, near Shady Lake. It is composed of the Buckeye Trail and the east part of the Caney Creek Trail.

It’s a tough hike, but it has some great scenic areas and wonderful vistas.

As you can see from the maps below, the hike roughly makes a rectangle with the south side being 3.8 miles of the Caney Creek Trail and the north and (shorter) west sides being the Buckeye Trail.

The east side is a 1.1-mile gravel road walk (Forest Road 64) between the Buckeye trailhead at the northeast corner and the east Caney Creek trailhead at the southeast corner.

Buckeye Trail, Caney Creek Wilderness, Ouachita National Forest
South-facing panoramic view from a vista a little bit to the east of the Buckeye Mountain summit, Ouachita National Forest (8-10-2013)

The net elevation change on the hike is about 1100 feet. (On the entire hike, the cumulative elevation gain is about 1970 feet.)

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Caney Creek Trail Cascade Video (Ouachita Forest)

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Cascade on the west part of the Caney Creek Trail, Ouachita National Forest
Cascade on the west part of the Caney Creek Trail, Ouachita National Forest

Back in April, I got to hike the west part of the Caney Creek Trail in the Ouachita National Forest’s Caney Creek Wilderness (Polk County, Arkansas). I hiked it from the west trailhead near the Cossatot River over to the trail’s juncture with the Buckeye Trail, a distance of 5.7 miles, and then back for a total hike of 11.4 miles.

This trail has lots of wet crossings, especially during wetter times like during my April hike. The trail crosses the Cossatot River and then crosses Caney Creek 10 times before reaching the Buckeye Trail juncture. So I had 22 wet crossings on my hike. (By the way, I need to get some decent water shoes.)

It was a very scenic hike. I thought the areas along Caney Creek and the Cossatot River crossing were wonderful. (I hope to get a full trail summary posted soon.)

Alternate video link.

My favorite spot was this cascade or mini-waterfall on Caney Creek. The trail doesn’t cross exactly at this spot, but it is in full view from the trail.

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Lake Catherine: Falls Creek Falls Video

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Screen shot of Falls Creek Falls video
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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Kings River Falls at High Water Video

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Kings River Falls - Feb 10, 2014
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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