Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eden Falls - Lost Valley Hike

Today we took advantage of the rain to go check out one of Arkansas' many amazing waterfalls; which generally are at their most spectacular during or immediately following a rain.  Eden Falls is located in Lost Valley near Ponca, home of wild elk, and the stunning Upper Buffalo River.  The trailhead is located about a mile south of the intersection of Hwy 43 and Hwy 74 at the end of Lost Valley Rd.  Along the short hike to the falls, the spring wildflowers were already starting to bloom and trout lily leaves were up.  The trail follows the creek all the way and seeing the stream bed completely dry made me worried the falls would be dry.  Little did I know that just a few hundred yards from the falls, the stream heads entirely underground except during major rain events.  So many things about this trail were incredible including the high bluffs, blooming wildflowers, moss covered boulders, large beech trees, the multiple caves, and of course the stunning waterfall.

As I forgot my GPS/phone during this rainy hike, I've included an approximation of the hike on the map below. A detailed map and description of the hike can be found over at Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery.

Eden Falls Lost Valley Ponca Arkansas
Eden Falls Lost Valley Ponca ArkansasEden Falls Lost Valley Ponca Arkansas

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