This is a neat little waterfall area in the Ozark National Forest that we visited back on December 31. If you’re near Falling Water Falls, you should check this out too.
If you are at the bottom of Falling Water Falls, you can hike downstream a few hundred yards, and there is a creek that comes in from the left. The creek cascades down and forms two small waterfalls before emptying into Falling Water Creek.
A few weeks ago on June 6, while returning from a family vacation, we made a brief stop in the Buffalo National River and walked the Lost Valley Trail. While it was pouring down rain that early afternoon, we were debating whether to give it a try. (Of course, I was up for it. But not everyone gets into walking in the rain.)
It was still sprinkling when we started walking the trail about 2 p.m. It had pretty much stopped by the time we reached the waterfall.
Thanks to all the recent rain, there was lots of water flowing in Clark Creek and the surrounding streams. It was really cool.
Terry Keefe Falls is a really great waterfall that is a short hike off of Falling Water Road – or as a spur trail off of the Ozark Highlands Trail.
Getting to Terry Keefe Falls
Head to Falling Water Falls Road near the Richland Creek Recreation Area. To get there from Jasper, take Highway 7 south to Pelsor, and then take Highway 16 east for 10 miles (past the Pedestal Rocks Special Interest Area and Community of Ben Hur) and turn left onto Forest Road 1205 (also called Falling Water Falls Road).
After turning on Falling Water Falls Road, take the road 5.3 miles to the bridge crossing across Falling Water Creek. Continue on this road for another mile to a spot where a creek comes in from the right and flows under the road. This is about 2.8 miles from the Richland Creek Campground if you’re coming from that direction.
Park where you can here.
Hiking to Terry Keefe Falls
The trail starts off on your right and heads up into the woods. It’s a well-worn trail and pretty easy to find. (When we were there, there was pink tape marking the spot.)