Arkansas August 16, 2019
10 Unforgettable Waterfalls In Arkansas You Have To See For Yourself
It would take a lifetime to visit a waterfall a day in Arkansas. You can find
more than 100 falls in one county alone! Although every waterfall is worth taking a trip to and enjoying, sometimes you just need a list or two for inspiration. Whether they have difficult treks or a family-friendly drive up, beloved treasures or hidden gems — these waterfalls are simply unforgettable.
1. Bridal Veil Falls — Heber Springs
No matter if you're walking behind the falls or traversing to view it topside, Bridal Veil Falls is one our favorites. The super easy .4-mile jaunt is great for families. You can walk behind this "veil" of water, too! It's neighbor, Cornelius Falls, is worth a picture or two as well.
2. Mirror Lake Falls — Fifty-Six
Mirror Lake Trail is a perfect little side trip to add to your Blanchard Springs Caverns exploration. The waterfall was a gorgeous result of the CCC-built dam on Mirror Lake. The entire area is beautiful, but you'll never forget the first time you see this magnificent cascade.
3. Big Creek Cave Falls — Jasper
The hike leading up to this fall also includes two caves as well! The 29-foot 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.
4. Hemmed-In Hollow Falls — Compton
You knew it'd be on this list. The 6-mile Hemmed-in Hollow Trail has a rather steep 2.5-mile climb out but the exertion is absolutely worth it to see the 209-foot falls. This classic waterfall is the tallest waterfall between the Rockies and the Appalachians.
5. Splashdown Falls — Ben Hur
This waterfall isn't quite as well known as its neighbors, Keefe Falls and Falling Water Falls, but it sure is gorgeous. Splashdown Falls is about 35-feet tall and stays at a decently heavy flow because of its drainage size. The toppling cascades and pristine blue water make this cascade a must-visit.
6. Eden Falls — Kingston
Of course, you would find Eden in Arkansas. Lost Valley Recreation Area leads to many gorgeous sights including Eden Falls — an underground waterfall — and miles of stunning trail.
7. Glory Hole Falls — Ozone
This is another beloved Arkansas waterfall but it's not quite like any other fall in the state. Glory Hole flows through the rock instead of over it creating an odd circular waterfall. The hike to reach it isn't too difficult — it's just 1.8 miles down the hill.
8. Pam's Grotto — Hagarville
Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area is filled with fantastic falls, but Pam's Grotto may be our favorite of the big three. Tucked away in a grotto on a path surrounded by gorgeous bluffs, the trail you’ll take to see this truly amazing waterfall is only about a half-mile long.
9. Thunder Canyon Falls — Erbie
Thunder Canyon Falls is arguably the most beautiful spot in all of Arkansas. If you haven't made the effort to bushwhack beyond Cecil Creek Trail, you certainly need to plan a trip. Thunder Canyon is nearly impossible to reach while its still wet, so be sure to wait a few days after the rain to see this gorgeous place.
10. Mitchell Branch Falls — Danville
Not every worthwhile waterfall is in the Ozarks. Mitchell Branch is one of the most gorgeous falls you can find in the Ouachita National Forest. There's many other waterfalls in the area if you're up for a bushwhack, but Mitchell Branch certainly stands out from the rest.
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