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Glory Hole Waterfall Trail in the Ozark National Forest



The Glory Hole Waterfall is located near Deer, AR in the Dismal Creek Special Interest Area of the Ozark National Forest. It is one of the most photographed and famous waterfalls in Arkansas as the creek here (Dismal Creek) has drilled a hole right through the top of a huge cave and plummets below to the cave floor.

Quick Info
Directions: The Glory Hole waterfall is located in the Ozark National Forest, between Fallsville and Edwards Junction, south of Boxley Valley. To get to the parking spot, travel East out of Fallsville on AR Hwy 16/21 for 5.7 miles. You will pass a large red barn that has a big, white "E" painted on the side of it. Go ½ mile past this barn, and you will see a pull off on the Right side of the road, opposite from a house up on a hill. (If you have come to the Cassville Baptist Church, you've gone 0.7 miles too far.) You can also get here from Edwards Junction, by traveling West on AR Hwy 16/21 for 2.3 miles, which would make it 0.7 miles past the Cassville Baptist Church. Then, you will Turn Left across from the house up on the hill.Park along this Jeep road near the highway, there is room for only two or three vehicles at the most.

Trail Length: 2 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate; Use caution near the falls! 


This is the spot you'll be looking for along Hwy 16/21. 
The small parking area is right across from this gate with a 
"no parking" sign and an old shack behind it. 




The parking area. 



The beginning of the trail. 
The Glory Hole Waterfall Trail in Arkansas



The trail to the falls is fairy easy, but mostly downhill which is why coming 
back out will definitely take a lot more effort. 
The Glory Hole Waterfall Trail in Arkansas



Dismal Creek is what feeds Glory Hole Falls and you'll find lots of smaller waterfalls and 
beautiful spots along the trail. The spot below is close to the falls. 






When you see this along the creek you've reached the Glory Hole. Be careful peeking over! 
Go up on the side for a safe and great view. (see below)


The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.


and if your like me...your not usually satisfied with the "general viewing area." You can make your way down to the hole of the falls by doing a bit of boulder hopping and tree shimmy-ing. 
                   


My husband's used to my "must get closer" antics, but he nervously watched me from above.


I felt confident here because the falls were low. Had it been high water, I would not have ventured so close. It would have been too slick and dangerous. 
The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.



The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.



The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.



Continue up on the trail where you'll pass between two large boulders where you'll find 
the area to get below the falls into the cave. 
                           


The cave itself is a sight to be seen! 






The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.



The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.



The Glory Hole Waterfall in Arkansas. A creek drilled hole straight through the top of a cave. The water falls from the caves roof to the floor.



We finally left the cave to explore the area behind it for a bit.







Being the fungi/slime lover that I am, I did find a few gems along the trail! 












                             
  



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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post looks very interesting we may stop by as we travel through

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  2. Virginia AltstattJune 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    We just went this past weekend and might I say...you take some amazing pictures girl!!! I am a hiking/waterfall enthusiast like you and this is what I drag my family to on the weekends. Love it :) The hike back up out of there has still got my upper thighs burning (2 days later, I might be a wimp) but it was well worth it!!! Thanks for all the time you put into this blog...It's helping me with my upcoming adventures!!! LOL

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    1. Why thank you Virginia! Oh, I was also sore after this one haha! It seems so innocent on the way to the falls, but that climb out was a doozy! Your right though...totally worth it! It's a beautiful place. Cheers to your future adventures and thanks again for dropping by :)

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