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.
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.
Six Finger Falls (Newton County, Ozark National Forest) is another great waterfall along Falling Water Creek Road. And like Falling Water Falls and another falls area along the road, it can be seen just a few hundred yards from the road.
I’m also going to note that Six Finger Falls is a difficult waterfall to photograph well. It’s very wide and has six different falls that are a part of it (hence the name).
Also you have to turn due south to face the falls, so taking pics in the middle of the day in winter means having a ton of sun in the background.
Directions to Six Fingers Falls
Take Highway 7 to the community of Pelsor (halfway between Jasper and Dover) and turn east onto Highway 16. Travel 10 miles on Highway 16 (past the Pedestal Rocks Special Interest Area) and about 1 mile past the community of Ben Hur, then turn left onto Forest Road 1205.
There is no sign for the Forest Road, but there are signs to “Falling Water Horse Camp.” So turn on the road leading to the horse camp.