This is where I took my grandson yesterday and we had a blast. I have been here many times with my kids and hubby, but this was the first time for my grandson. This post is about Lost Valley State Park, I will have another post about Lost Valley later on with al the pictures I took of Kaden and me, and some of the things we seen.
The trail begins at the Lost Valley State Park and terminates in a cave 1 1/2 miles up the valley. Features include waterfalls, a cascading creek, towering cliffs, a large bluff shelter, a natural bridge, spring wildflowers and a hardwood forest containing American beech. The cave itself is a tight squeeze for approximately 200 feet ending in a large room with a 35-foot-tall waterfall. Clark Creek, like most tributaries to the Buffalo River, tends to dry up or go underground during the late summer and early fall of most years. The first mile to Eden Falls is level and easy going. The trail then climbs steeply to the mouth of the cave. You will need reliable lights if you plan to explore the cave.
Eden Falls … Photo Provided at: http://blog.gregdisch.com/2009/05/06/lost-valley-eden-falls-buffalo-national-river/
More pictures of Lost Valley … Photo Provided at: http://www.nightoutfayetteville.com
As you approach the Cave …Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
As you enter the large Chamber … Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
More inside the Cave …Photo provided at http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/hiking-the-ozarks-lost-valley.aspx#axzz357JFm6P1
The Cliffside … Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
What Lost Valley looks like from afar … Photo provided at: http://www.taylorlenz.com/2010_10_01_archive.html
I always enjoy a trail that leads to something rewarding, like a viewpoint or waterfall. But instead of just one attraction, the trail into Clark Creek Hollow, also called “Lost Valley”, offers up several worthwhile destinations, including a natural bridge, a waterfall, and a cave.
The trail begins at a footbridge, that crosses Clark Creek. The first big attraction on the trail is the natural bridge. It doesn’t look like what I expected, instead, this natural bridge looks more like a creek flowing out of the middle of a rock. In order to emerge here, Clark Creek had to carve its way through 50 feet of limestone. From the natural bridge, the trail climbs up some rocky steps.
Further up the trail, the path splits, and you can go downhill to Eden Falls, or continue on the high road towards Eden Falls Cave.
We went on up to the falls where the 40-foot-tall Eden Falls makes a lovely descent into a small hollow. It’s a beautiful, quiet and relaxing spot, where you can sit on a rock and enjoy the solitude.
Once you return to the main trail, you can turn left to return to the trail head, or you can turn right to continue on to the cave. If you do decide to go the cave make sure to bring a flashlight. There is another beautiful waterfall inside the cave, but you have to travel into the cave and at times crawl through low spots to get to the waterfall that is beyond the point where sunlight can reach. My husband and I did not do the cave this time due to my back issues, but we have been before ( I did not have a camera then) and we are planning to go back this fall and go inside the cave so I can get some pictures of that wonderful waterfall!
Also on the drive to “Lost Valley” you will probably get to see our Elk…they are everywhere up here, but especially in Boxley, Arkansas!
To get to “Lost Valley State Park” it is located near Ponca, Arkansas, just south of the intersection where Routes 43 joins Route 74. So if you ever come through Arkansas you must come to the Ozark Mountains and visit our many wonderful trials, parks, caves, and national forests!
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