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Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (B-4)

Park/Rec Area: Alum Cove Recreation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 1 1/10 miles
Time: 3/4 hour
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at Ranger District address or at the trailhead

Location: 15 miles south of Jasper on Scenic Ark. 7, then west one mile on Ark. 16, then northwest on Ark. 327 for one mile.

Description: This trail leads to one of the largest natural bridges in this part of the country. Located in a valley enclosed by a rugged bluff line, the natural bridge is carved from solid rock by a small creek and spans over 130 feet. The trail goes across the natural bridge and then loops back underneath. It then goes through the valley, across a small creek to a long bluff line, and back through the valley to the natural bridge. There are large cave-like rooms to explore, and smaller natural bridges which are weathered out of this sandstone bluff. The valley contains a large variety of wildflowers and trees including Dogwood, Redbud, Umbrella Magnolia, and Beech. From the natural bridge, you retrace your steps to the trailhead. This section is steep, so take your time climbing out.

For Information: Buffalo Ranger District, P.O. Box 427, Jasper, AR, 72641, (870) 446-5122 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark