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Big Creek Cave Falls

Ozark Mountains + Highlands, Arkansas

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  • The cascade you cross over to get to the falls.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • The top of the cascade. Wouldn't you love to know where that tunnel goes?- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • Big Creek Cave Falls.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • Nestled into the bluff, Big Creek Cave Falls is about 30 feet tall.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • Trail blazes to follow if you ever get unsure.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • Go through this opening in the trees at the back of the field.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • Go through this field to get to the trail.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • After you cross the creek, head toward the opening on the left to get to the field.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • Park near this gate.- Big Creek Cave Falls
  • A beautiful unnamed waterfall along the creek to the falls.- Big Creek Cave Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Epic waterfall. Great swimming holes. Fairly unknown.
Cons: 
Requires bushwhacking. Tough during growth seasons.
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Region:
Ozark Mountains + Highlands, AR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.90 mi (4.67 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Nestled deep in a fairly unexplored region of the Ozarks, this hike features an epic 30-foot waterfall coming out of a cave, swimming holes along the way, and some of the most unique water features you'll find in the Natural State.

But before you get to the grand finale, this mostly unknown area provides incredible water features along the way. You'll follow the Left Fork of Big Creek most of the way, which eventually becomes a tributary of the Buffalo National River, which was the first national river of the United States in 1972.

Unlike a lot of the waterfalls in the Natural State, this waterfall seems to be flowing even when others aren't, and after a good day or two of rain the little cascades in the creek on the way become waterfalls worth seeing in their own right.

Keep in mind that half of hike is really easy to follow, and half requires making your best guess along the way. Once you go through the field and into the trail area, you have to use a little imagination and just follow the water upstream. Since you'll be doing a lot of bushwhacking, wear long pants, and double-check for ticks on yourself and any pets you bring!

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