Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Trail type
2.90 mi (4.67 km)
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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!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Epic waterfall. Great swimming holes. Fairly unknown.


Requires bushwhacking. Tough during growth seasons.

Trailhead Elevation

1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)




Nearby Adventures

Ozark Mountains + Highlands, Arkansas


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