I moved my family to Arkansas in 1999 as part of a transfer with my company. I lived in Texas, and loved the state. But I grew up in Pennsylvania and saw this as an opportunity to get my four seasons back, without the six months of winter.
My family loves the outdoors and Arkansas had everything we enjoyed. Camping, fishing, hunting and climbing mountains. We loved looking for the smallest path and seeing where it would take us.
What I truly fell in love with were all the waterfalls. The mountains in this state have miles of hiking trails and hidden within the beautiful mountains were some amazing waterfalls. Its one of Arkansas famous treasures, and one worth sharing. So here are some of a few of our favorite ones we have visited, and ones we feel you should put on your list of places to go.
Cedar Falls is the best known natural waterfall in the state, the focal point of Petit Jean State Park atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. This 95-foot gusher spills into Cedar Creek and can be accessed via the Cedar Falls Trail, which winds through Cedar Creek Canyon to the "splash down." The hike is 2-1/4 miles round trip and is classified as moderate-to-strenuous. The park is located on Ark. 154 southwest of Morrilton
High Bank Twin Falls: To reach the waterfall, park at High Bank Canoe Access for the Mulberry River and walk east along the shoulder of Ark. 215 across a small bridge. Once crossed, look for a beaten path (there is no sign) leading off to your left. Follow it across a small stream with waterfalls of its own and keep walking until you arrive at High Bank Twin Falls. The distance from the parking lot is only one-fourth mile.
Marble Falls can almost be labeled a “drive by” waterfall. It is located just south of the town of Marble Falls on Scenic Ark. 7 Byway. A pull-off provides a great view of the year-round flow. The waterfall, which is spring-fed, once powered a flour mill, a cotton gin and saw mill. The original grist mill was built around 1840. Mable Falls is visible from Scenic 7 about two miles south of Mystic Caverns and approximately three miles north of the Buffalo National River Pruitt access.
Located in the Kings River Falls Natural Area south of Huntsville, Kings River Falls is found on a two mile hiking trail. It is rated easy to moderate though not accessible for those with physical limitations. About one-half mile down the trail is where you’ll find the falls. The Kings River is unique for the Ozarks because it flows from south to north.
The Civilian Conservation Corps-built dam provides the stunning waterfalls at Mirror Lake. The Blanchard Springs flow into the lake, then exits over the two remaining depression-era stone walls. The water was used to power a mill so it became Mill Creek. Today the lake is known for its rainbow trout fishing and the spectacular water display. It’s located just off Ark. 14 outside Mountain View.
If you were wondering what to do next year, plan a trip to Arkansas, and make sure you pack your hiking boots. You won’t be disappointed.
Between Lynda’s outdoorsman-ship, she writes romance with suspense, secrets and sinful sunsets, as her website says. Visit here for more information: www.lyndakayefrazier.com
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She has no memory of their love...
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal.
He knows the truth, but no one will listen...FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart.
Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?
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