Posted by Jessie K / Tuesday, October 29, 2013 / 3 Comments / Arkansas Life , Arkansas Wildlife , Caves and Caverns , Creeks and Swimming Holes , Hiking , Northwest Arkansas , Ozarks , Search by Region , Things to Do , Waterfalls
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.
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 trail to the falls is fairy easy, but mostly downhill which is why coming
back out will definitely take a lot more effort.
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)
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.
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!
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!