Roaring Waterfalls

Jill M. Rohrbach
Record rainfall in the state makes this a perfect time to hike to a waterfall. I don’t mean to make light of the flooding and troubles the massive amounts of rain are causing for some people. And I caution you to be careful when you do go in search of waterfalls – don’t cross flooded roads or hike into flooded areas. In general, the terrain around waterfalls can be dangerous to explore so use common sense and be careful. But, this really is an excellent time to see water gushing down hillsides and over cliffs throughout The Natural State.

I hear Cedar Falls is roaring so loud you can hear it from Mather Lodge (both are located at Petit Jean State Park in the Arkansas River Valley). My favorite waterfalls are located in the Ozark Mountains, particularly the Buffalo National River region. I can picture it right now – the musicality of water thundering down a hillside, the beauty of the white cascading torrent of water, the cold spray as it hits rocks, the pungent odor of the wet outdoors.
  Eden Falls  Cedar Falls

Grab your camera and tripod for an opportunity to shoot frame-worthy photos. If you’re wondering where to go, pick up a copy of Tim Ernst’s book “Arkansas Waterfalls.” The book includes a list of waterfalls, each with a map, GPS coordinates, color photos, height, beauty rating, hike difficulty rating and detailed directions.

Or check out this great Web site — — for information on waterfalls, and everything else associated with splashing around Arkansas.

Eden Falls by Casey Crocker  and  Cedar Falls by Chuck Haralson  (both shown at extreme high water)

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2 comments on “Roaring Waterfalls
  1. magaly says:

    can someone please tell me how to get to any arkansas water falls that we can swim plese write me at

  2. Jill M. Rohrbach says:

    My suggestion is Falling Water Falls in the Buffalo National River area.

    At the junction of Scenic 7 Byway and Ark. 16 at Pelsor, turn east on Ark. 16 to Ben Hur, then go south about 1.5-miles until you reach Forest Service Road 1205. Turn east on this road and remain on it for approximately 3 to 4 miles. You’ll be following Falling Water Creek and will come upon the falls to your right. They are easily visible from your vehicle. If you continue on this road another 6-8 miles, you’ll come to Richland Creek Campground, a trailhead for trips back to Richland Falls and Twin Falls.

    I sent you an email with additional information. Happy swimming!

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