Arkansas February 04, 2019
There’s No Better Time To Take This Waterfall Cave Hike In Arkansas Than Right Now
Although we haven’t had a completely mild winter, it seems the rest of the season will be fairly enjoyable. The cold snap has waned and groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, has predicted an early end to winter altogether. It’s hard to resist waiting until spring for taking a trail or two but this rather mild winter is the perfect time to take the Big Creek Cave Falls hike. Let’s pack a jacket and camera before heading out to this unbelievably unique area.
There's no doubt that the Ozark National Forest has some of the prettiest spots in the world, today's hike is no exception.
The trail begins along an old trace road through some stunning pasture. For directions to the parking area, use
This trail is rated as hard but the difficulty can change depending on a couple of factors.
The biggest of these factors is the recent rainfall. This trail crosses the Right Fork of Big Creek and the water can easily be calf-high after a rain (we would like to remind you at this time to never cross water that's hip-deep or if you can't see the bottom of it). Unlike most Arkansas waterfalls, the Big Creek Cave Falls stays consistently flowing so there's no need to wait until the rains. Another factor is the season. This hike is considerably easier when taken during winter while the leaves are off the trees. Taking these factors into account can make the roughly 3-mile out-and-back hike quite a bit easier.
After you've crossed the creek follow the tree markings until you've reached the caves.
Immediately after you've crossed the Right Fork, head to the left to cross the open field. From here you'll turn right to head uphill. Although there isn't an official trail, the taped trees do lead the way to the cave. It's also helpful to plug in
into your GPS. These are the coordinates for Big Creek Cave Falls.
The first cave you'll reach can be explored.
It's the larger of the two caves featured along this trail.
The actual Big Creek Cave Falls is simply gorgeous.
It's a few hundred yards from the first cave. The 29-ft. falls is fantastic in photos but absolutely jaw-dropping in person. The cave it flows out of is off-limits though. We certainly wouldn't want to disturb the bats (or get fined for that matter) so just be sure to take plenty of photos of the waterfall before heading back.
Between the multiple waterfalls, cool caves, and breathtaking scenery, this may just be the best place in all of Arkansas.
Every bit of effort along this hike will quickly be rewarded. We do recommend researching this trail further before you head out,
Rick’s Hiking Blog
gives excellent turn-by-turn directions.
We’d love to see your photos of Big Creek Cave Falls in our Facebook Group,
Arkansas Nature Lovers. You should join for your chance to be featured and to discover why there’s nothing better than Arkansas’ stunning nature.
If you miss Arkansas’ chillier winters, then you’ll love reminiscing with these
beautifully frozen waterfalls from truly frigid past seasons.