Arkansas' Scenic Waterfall Loop Will Take You To 13 Different Waterfalls
By Carol Ann Carson|Updated on January 23, 2023(Originally published January 20, 2023)
Carol Ann Carson
Arkansas native, Carol Ann Carson, has written for OnlyInYourState for three years now. She resides in Western Arkansas' Mountain Frontier but calls NWA home as well. The graduate of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Carol Ann earned her B.A. in English and will soon be pursing her M.A. in Library Science. She loves exploring the trails around the Buffalo National River and has yet to find a waterfall that wasn't her favorite.
For those of us who often dream about Arkansas waterfalls, the Ozark National Forest contains a lifetime’s worth of waterfalls, creeks, and cascades to discover – but this loop can help narrow your quest to see the Natural State’s spoils. The route loops around Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area and hits must-sees like Kings Bluff and Long Pool as well as some two-for-one waterfalls.
By no means are these the only ones to chase, nor must you stick strictly to the route but this loop should inspire a nature-loving trip or two! Ready to chase down some waterfalls in Arkansas? Let’s go!
Which waterfalls in Arkansas are your favorites? Are there any nearby ones you would add to the loop? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! If you’ve traveled to any of these falls, we’d love to see your photos 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.
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When you're ready to escape the confines of your car and hit the trails for a waterfall chasing excursion in the Natural State, you'll want to check out some of the best waterfall hikes in Arkansas. Some bucket-list musts include the hike to Hemmed-In Hollow Falls, the Three Bears Trail, the Glory Hole Falls hike, the Kings River Falls Trail, and the trek to Mirror Lake Falls. Looking for a short-and-sweet waterfall hike in Arkansas? Hands down, the Magnolia Falls Trail is a must. Babbling creeks, moss-covered rocks, wildflowers, and a canopy of greenery all create a dreamy setting to Magnolia Falls, which is one of the most scenic and accessible waterfall hikes in Arkansas. The trail isn't paved but is decently well-worn and easy to follow. In fact, this 2.1-mile hike is rated "easy" for most; the one spot you'll need directions for is at the second stream - be sure to turn left, and you'll be good to go!