A couple of weeks ago when Old Man Winter let up on the cold and snow to give us a sunny Sunday with 60 degree weather, my family and some like-minded friends took advantage of the beautiful day to hike Lost Valley.
The Lost Valley trail is located near the Buffalo National River, the entire length of which is a beauty worth beholding. Lost Valley is a popular spot for good reason; it serves up nature at its best with changing scenery and terrain. You encounter waterfalls, a cascading creek, towering cliffs, a large bluff shelter, a natural bridge, spring wildflowers and a hardwood forest containing American beech.
This trail begins at the Lost Valley campground and terminates in a cave 1-1/2 miles up the valley. The cave itself is a tight squeeze for approximately 200 feet ending in a large room with a 35-foot-tall waterfall. Take a flashlight or two for exploration. The first mile to Eden Falls is level and easy going. The trail then climbs steeply to the mouth of the cave.
Clark Creek, like most tributaries to the Buffalo River, tends to dry up or go underground during certain parts of the year. Since Arkansas experiences each season fully, the hike is interesting and worth the trip time and again.
Lost Valley holds a special place in my heart. Watch the video and I think you’ll see why.