Waterfalls & Locations
Here are the locations of some of the new waterfalls and interesting areas Ive found. At this point I have found at least 200 nice waterfalls and significant cascades. I have found so many waterfalls that unless its interesting in some way or tall I tend to not even stop to photograph.
North Fork White Oak Creek Falls – 40 ft tall
This is a pretty easy 1 1/4 mile hike. The area to park is located at 35°37'47.47"N 93°45'59.69"W. There is a old road/4 wheeler trail that descends from that spot (to the south) all the way to the top of the waterfall. You will have to cross the creek at the top of the waterfall (be careful!) and the road continues up the other side. Up that first hill you will come to a another road trace but just keep right and the road will eventually come down to the creek. You will then have to hike up the creek to the waterfall (the creek bed is solid rock and very slick). The exact location of the waterfall is 35°37'38.98"N 93°45'28.47"W. After you have checked out the main waterfall there is another neat little area just downstream from where the road gets down to the creek. Within just a hundred yards there are a few little falls some neat rock formations and what looks like a pretty deep pool and if you go just a bit farther youll come to a side drainage (35°37'40.39"N 93°45'41.00"W) with several cascades and waterfalls culminating in a neat 20ft tall waterfall up that drainage. The quickest way down is on the northern side. From the waterfall hike just above the canyon until you cross a little drainage (not the one right at the waterfall). Just past this there is a little way down the bluff and to the bottom.
Bingham Hollow Falls – 51 ft tall
This beautiful waterfall is located less than 100yds from the road (you can hear it from the road)! The best place to park is in the area of 35°39'45.88"N 93°44'46.04"W. The total hike is pretty easy and even if you visit the top of the waterfall it (in addition to the bottom) is still less than 1/4 mile total. There is a way through the bluff located around 35°39'45.56"N 93°44'49.41"W and there is a faint trail that leads upstream through there and all the way up to the waterfall.
Shower Chair Falls & Shower Chair Falls Cascade – 41 ft tall
This is another quick to get to waterfall. Its still a pretty easy hike because of how short it is from the road (you can hear this waterfall from the road as well) but the way down is steeper than Bingham Hollow Falls. The place to park you vehicle is at 35°37'41.03"N 93°41'49.02"W where there is a little stream (probably not running). Head off east down that stream and but to get around and down the bluff youll need to start heading left (NE). There are several ways down from that point just find the easiest your comfortable with. The waterfall is located at 35°37'39.23"N 93°41'46.94"W.
Legos Falls & Legos Falls Cascade- 40 ft tall
This is a really easy to get to waterfall at least to the top of it. The location is down the same road that Shower Chair Falls is on. The waterfall is located at 35°37'51.51"N, 93°41'30.06"W and so just park above that spot on the road. The view from above is pretty nice but if you want to get down you have two options. There is a low spot in the bluff on the left side that involves holding onto a tree and sticking down legs till you can reach down to the pile of rocks (which I put there). You could bring a rope to be 100% safe but I can get up and down right there. There is a triple falls right there on that bluff as you make the short walk towards Legos Falls. The other option is down the right side (north side) of the bluff where eventually there is a way down (its a ways down so just keep going till you find it). Below Legos Falls is Legos Falls Cascade which is really nice!
Unnamed Falls near Shower Chair Falls – 30 ft tall
This waterfall is still a little tougher but I would still consider it easy due to short distance but its very steep. The place to park is at 35°38'4.50"N 93°41'55.58"W. From there head east and after just a few minutes youll come to the ravine...its very steep just find the best way down you are comfortable with. The best way down is to angle down the ravine towards the NE so you can get around the bluff the waterfall. The waterfall is located at 35°38'3.49"N 93°41'46.39"W. There is another waterfall (about 15 ft tall) near the top of that drainage and it just takes a few minutes to get to.
West Fork Horeshead Creek Falls - 35 & 15 ft tall
This is a tough 1 3/4 mile hike. I would probably consider this a medium to difficult hike (for some it would probably be thought of as very very difficult hike). The main problems are that nearly the entire hike is down and then back up the deep canyon of West Fork Horsehead Creek. The way down is steep and the footing is very loose at times. If you go when there is foliage the undergrowth is exceptionally thick to the point you cannot see where you stepping at all for part of the hike. The tough journey is worth though as there are 4 waterfalls and a great cascade at the bottom. The place to park is at 35°36'38.41"N 93°39'4.42"W. There is a dirt mound that prevents driving down the old road trace any further so the first part of the hike is easy. Youll come out at a large field and make your way to the end of it and at around 35°36'20.83"N 93°39'8.51"W take off into the woods. During winter this will be pretty easy but during summer the undergrowth is so thick it makes it very tough and you will not see anything below your knees in many spots. Descend towards 35°36'10.00"N 93°39'15.95"W. That last part to that side drainage gets very steep with loose soil and rocks. Cross over the top of that little waterfall and there is a way down to the main creek 35°36'9.09"N 93°39'17.33"W. The main waterfall is upstream and the hike up it is pretty easy. The main waterfall (Horsehead Creek Falls) is located around 35°36'8.26"N 93°39'10.87"W. On the way up youll see the little waterfall you crossed the top of and another waterfall on the opposite side of the canyon (Horsehead Magnolia Falls). Once youve seen the big falls you can go downstream to the nice cascade then eventually the other nice waterfall (Horsehead Grotto Falls). There is no easy way upstream past the main falls or downstream past the lower one. There is a way to view Horsehead Grotto Falls from below by walking above the drop on the north side and eventually youll find a way down and then walk back up the creek. On the way you will pass Horsehead Fern Falls and another waterfall when your walking up the creek to Horsehead Grotto Falls. If you make it down that far there is what is likely the tallest waterfall in the drainage at 35°36'3.80"N, 93°39'35.53"W. It seems to be on the order of 50ft or so (3rd pic above). It is just up and viewable from the main creek. If the water is too high you may have trouble since you will be walking the creek to get to all of the falls.
Byrds Pouroff – 50ft tall
This is a very easy hike to get to the top of. The total hike just to the top is around 1/2 mile. The area had very little underbrush and is exceptionally easy to hike through. Park at 35°40'7.28"N 93°44'47.45"W and head due east. Youll go up a little hill and then youll come down into a little stream valley. Follow the little stream (it may not be running much if at all) and at 35°40'15.70"N 93°44'39.18"W you will come to the top of the falls. The best view of this waterfall is defintely from the top because of the nice views of the Mulberry River Valley. To get to the bottom head NW from the falls until you find a way through and then follow around to the falls. There are some huge housed sized boulders down there that block in the waterfall but there are some decent views on the other side of them (from the direction your coming).
Sentinel Rock Falls & Sentinel Rock Pouroff – 52ft & 65ft tall
This is a moderate to difficult hike. If you dont have a truck youll probably have to park at 35°38'59.54"N 93°44'2.75"W (total hike 2 1/2 miles) or if you have a 4wd or truck you could possibly get all the way up to 35°39'24.05"N 93°43'50.83"W. From there follow the trail to around 35°39'34.90"N 93°43'49.75"W. There will be a nice little waterfall there. Continue across the top of the waterfall to around 35°39'39.26"N 93°43'55.83"W and then head off the trail to the NE towards 35°39'46.49"N 93°43'51.97"W. There is a narrow/dangerous way down through the bluff there that involves crossing a foot and half wide gap... There is another way down farther NW that is not as risky 35°39'50.13"N 93°43'56.47"W but that was tough rocky scramble from there over to the other spot down.
There is a easier way down all the way around the bluffline to the northeast somewhere around 35°39'53.79"N, 93°43'46.90"W. There is also a wonderful lookout over the Mulberry River Valley there. Once you are down the bluff just make your around the bluffline as best you can to the waterfall which is located at 35°39'42.71"N 93°43'51.44"W. If you come up from the Northeast side and get below the bluff you will pass by Sentinel Rock Pouroff which I measured at 65ft and is located here 35°39'47.69"N, 93°43'47.92"W (picture above looking down Sentinel Rock Pouroff. You could also park near Bingham Hollow Falls and take the trail there into the area as well.
Mineral Springs Falls - 43ft tall
This is a quick to get to waterfall that involves a pretty steep and slick descent. You can park at 35°38'31.08"N, 93°43'48.20"W and then follow the old logging trails that start out from the NW portion of the parking area. The waterfall is located at 35°38'34.05"N, 93°43'41.14"W and there is a way down the bluff just south of there. There is a drinage there that comes in from the south that has a nice waterfall in it at around 35°38'29.67"N, 93°43'40.44"W. Below Mineral Springs Falls there is another nice waterfall at 35°38'32.62"N, 93°43'36.52"W and yet another up the next drainage from the south at around 35°38'26.01"N, 93°43'30.17"W.
Butts Hollow Waterfalls - 19 to 64ft tall
The parking area for this waterfall area is at 35°38'37.91"N, 93°39'21.75"W. Hike the road down to the NW towards the 64ft tall waterfall Im calling Facade Falls (1st picture above from left). You can get down the bluff on either side but there are easier ways down through so just keep looking till you find a way down your comfortable with. From Facade Falls you can follow the drainage down to 35°38'57.35"N, 93°39'38.70"W where there is a nice twin falls (Tim Ernst has named it Doppleganger Falls so we will go with that - naming is not easy!) which is the second picture from left. There is another nice waterfall here 35°38'59.61"N, 93°39'39.51"W (picture 3). Above the right twin is another twin falls around 35°38'55.48"N, 93°39'43.95"W (picture 4). The water from these two flows under the bluff and then drops down a hole (picture 5). Above that twin falls is yet another nice waterfall (picture 6). Pictures of all of the waterfalls in that area are viewable here - http://www.realclearwx.com/042511.htm.
Horsehead Creek Waterfalls - 15ft - 80ish ft tall
There are several ways to get into this area and Im not sure Ive found the easiest route yet so Ill just give the gps locations. This area is extrememly rugged. In many area there are solid blufflines or in most cases several blufflines on top of each other. There are ways down and through them but even the easiest route will involve a extremely steep descent. There is a longer way in from the a road that comes up from Horsehead Lake as well. I parked and came into the area from 35°37'22.37"N, 93°37'35.40"W. The first waterfall I found has cut a hole through rock and passes through it leaving a bridge of rock. I have named this waterfall Jenlynn Falls and is located around 35°37'2.22"N, 93°37'58.57"W. There is a waterfall you can see up above from this area. Directly below Jenlynn Falls is a really nice twin Falls and is located at 35°37'2.12"N, 93°37'58.41"W. I think Im calling this Mismatched Twins Falls unless someone can come up with something better! In most twin falls the twins look quite the same and in this one its not quite the case. Just down from Mismatched Twins Falls is a side drainage located at 35°36'57.32"N, 93°37'58.95"W. There is a really nice tall cascade up a ways and then above that is a very tall waterfall. The way up isnt too difficult. I estimated the waterfall at around 80ft. There may be more waterfalls above it as well. There is a nice cave behind the second level and there appears to be a way around to it from the northern side though its probably dangerous. Im going to call this High Cave Falls unless (again) someone suggest something better. The last major waterfall in the area is located down the main creek and is located around 35°36'42.86"N, 93°37'58.95"W. The rock layers that the creek is pouring off at that spot is flat and so the waterfall is as wide as the whole creek. Im just referring to this waterfall as Wide Falls of Horsehead Creek until I (or anyone) can come up with something more suitable.
Big Al Falls - 50-60ft tall
Most of the way to this waterfall is a nice hike along a nice old road/4 wheeler trail. Parking is at 35°39'1.61"N, 93°41'7.62"W. Follow the trail north. There are a few side spurs off the trail so make sure you are heading mostly north. The waterfall is located at 35°39'31.31"N, 93°40'55.27"W so leave the trail at some point and start heading down towards that spot. The going gets pretty iffy in there so you may look around for easier ways. There is another waterfall near the top of the drianage as well.
Clear Creek Area Falls & Cascades
This is a easy area to hike around in and really nearly anyone should be able to hike the area easily. The road down to the area begins at 35°38'5.05"N, 93°42'16.04"W. I am able to drive that road in my car all the way down to 35°38'3.94"N, 93°42'48.03"W. From that point to the bottom is only 1/4 mile and 200ft down. Once at the bottom there is another 4 wheeler trail/old road that makes for a very pleasant walk with hardly any elevation change. There are waterfalls all around (no major ones). All of the side drainages on the side you come down on have waterfalls (many you can hear from the trail and are easy to get to) while traveling south. There is a nice waterfall I call Peek-A-Boo Falls nearly directly across from where you hit bottom and is located around 35°38'0.16"N, 93°42'59.72"W. You can only see the last few feet until you get up to it because most of the waterfall is hiding behind the bluff (3rd picture). The main trouble with the hike is crossing the creek. My favorite waterfall in the area is located at 35°37'33.14"N, 93°42'53.10"W and even it is a pretty easy hike up to it. There is also a great cascade sequence at 35°37'34.07"N, 93°43'14.28"W. The trail also goes the other way (north) and almost immediately you come to a really neat area. There are these rock walls and rock structures all over the place. There are small cascades and waterfalls all along the creek throughout the area and there are some great spots up in the side drainges.
North Drainage of West Fork Horsehead Creek
This is a tough area to hike into but there are trails around the help out. The parking spot is at 35°36'38.56"N, 93°39'9.04"W. There is a 4-wheeler/old road trail on top of the mountain that actually winds all the way down to the creek at 35°36'41.26"N, 93°39'37.94"W although because the trail winds all around to the end of the mountain the total length to the creek is about 2.5 miles. The first two pictures are along this stretch of creek - 35°36'36.56"N, 93°39'50.31"W. The 3rd picture waterfall is located at 35°36'34.47"N, 93°40'7.57"W. The 4th picture waterfall is located around 35°36'21.73"N, 93°40'22.86"W. Picture 5 is located around 35°36'19.84"N 93°40'40.68"W up that side drainage. There may be more above it but I havent had a look. On further down and up another side drainage is a nice looking waterfall that probably will twin in higher water (picture 6) located at 35°36'7.94"N, 93°40'55.40"W. There is a side waterfall back down towards the creek as well. At 35°36'2.75"N, 93°40'44.79"W there is a great canyon with 3 big waterfalls. All three are on the order of 30-40ft and should be pretty nice when flowing well. More pics of the area is at http://www.realclearwx.com/120310.htm
East Fork Horsehead Creek
This one is tough to get into but there may be easier passage with furhter exploration. The area is nearly completely bounded by private land so that limits access. The roads are all at around 2000ft and the waterfalls are down at around 1300ft so its a very steep descent with several blufflines to get through. I parked at 35°37'20.44"N, 93°31'48.34"W. There is a trail just down to the East that takes you down a ways but eventually it heads in the wrong direction. I made my way down to 35°37'4.02"N, 93°31'30.62"W which is the area I found a nice waterfall (pic above left). Then just a little ways up the creek from there the creek gets hemmed in and you come around a little corner and its waterfalls everywhere. I could see 5 in one spot but couldnt quite get the camera to pick it up well (pic of 3 above). There is another nice waterfall directly above the right waterfall and another one behind the two on the left. Im sure theres more up the left and maybe the right and certainly in some of the other drainages (I heard some) but thunderstorms on the day I explored made me rush out. The main waterfall area is located at around 35°37'8.54"N, 93°31'24.08"W. More pictures from the day are at http://www.realclearwx.com/043011.htm.
Frog Bayou Falls
This is a nice hike to a nice waterfall. During higher flow this will be one of the widest waterfalls in Arkansas! The whole hike is via old road/4 wheeler trail and is not difficult at all. The worst part is the first downhill section where there are lots of rubbly loose rocks. The parking is at 35°46'13.24"N, 93°59'20.62"W and just follow the trail to the east. There are a few side trails but just follow the trail with the most use and you will make it. Near the top on the way down you will see a little waterfall off to your left. You generally follow this drainage down.. There are some waterfalls just down from where you cross the stream and they look like they could be nice. During good flow there may be some neat areas to check out below and above the stream crossing that is farther down and where the road levels out. A large portion of the hike is along a bench with a nice dirt trail with not much up and down. The waterfall is located at 35°45'35.46"N, 93°58'28.44"W.
Little Bridge Cascade
Im not sure what it is about this area but I really like it. Its quick and fairly easy to get to and while there arent any big awesome waterfalls its still a nice area. The parking area is at 35°38'0.13"N, 93°38'32.14"W and then just head down towards Little Bridge Cascade at 35°37'59.19"N 93°38'21.93"W. There are lots of little waterfalls around but my favorite part is the area of creek above Little Bridge Cascade. There is a long stretch of creek where its only solid rock and the stream winds through it making little whirls here and there (pic above right).
East Prong Barron Creek
This is another nice area without any major waterfalls (at least not in the lower reaches). The parking is at 35°38'45.00"N, 93°47'4.86"W and then just follow the old road/4 wheeler trail down to the creek. It hits the creek somewhere around 35°39'12.62"N, 93°46'34.96"W. The whole stretch is solid rock with some small falls, little mini-canyons, and down towards the lower end are several swimming pools (at least one has a water slide entrance!). The hike down to the creek is about a mile and 300ft drop so its not bad at all. The flat rock strech of creek is about 3/4 of a mile long. My wife and I went down this last summer and ended up sorta body surfing on rapids...all the flat rocks with almost no other loose rock really made it nice.