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Exploring Arkansas June 2006

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Buffalo River Trail, Pedestal Rocks, Richland Falls Twin Falls
Hiking is the theme of this episode - first on the Buffalo National River TraiLake Unique sandstone columns, resembling huge pedestals are explored at the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area near Pelsor, as well as Richland Falls and Twin Falls at the Richland Creek Wilderness Area in the Ozark National Forest.

TRANSCRIPT

HIKING THE NATURAL ESTATE IS THE THEME OF OUR SHOW TODAY. WE BEGIN ON THE BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL IN HISTORIC BOXLEY VALLEY, IN THE UPPER PORTION OF THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER. HIKING ALONG THAT TRAIL TAKES YOU TO SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR AREAS. AND THEN IT IS ON TO AN AREA KNOWN AS PEDICLE ROCK NEAR PELSOR. ROCK FORMATIONS 320 MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO THE GEOLOGY OF THE OZARKS. THEN WE GO TO ONE OF THE MOST REMOTE AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE MANY FOLKS HAVE REFERRED TO AS RESEMBLING THE GARDEN OF EDEN. THE RICHLAND CREEK WILDERNESS AREA CONTAINS RICHLAND FALLS AND TWIN FALLS WHICH DO, INDEED, OFFER A PARADISE-TYPESETTING. JOINING US WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHER CHUCK HARALSON. HE WILL OFFER US PROFESSIONAL WATERFALL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS. GRAB YOUR HIKING STICKS, PLOP DOWN ON THE EASY CHAIR AND LET'S BEGIN ON THE BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL.

THE SERENE AND PICTURE HE IS CAN VALLEY NEAR THE TOWN OF BOXLEY VALLEY, WE DECIDED TO FIND OUT WHAT IS SO HISTORIC ABOUT THIS VALLEY WHERE THE BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL BEGINS.

THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HISTORY AND IT RANGES EVERYTHING FROM PREHISTORIC INDIAN TIMES THROUGH PIONEER TIMES TO MODERN-DAY TIMES. SOME OF THE FAMILIES THAT LIVE HERE, THEY HAVE LIVED FOR GENERATIONS AND GENERATIONS. THESE NAMES CAME HERE IN THE 1850s. AND THEIR DESCENDENTS ARE HERE TODAY FARMING AND LOGGING AND DOING A LOT OF THINGS THAT THEIR DESCENDENTS DID. THIS AREA IS REALLY A TIME CAPSULE OF OZARK LIFE AND IT IS SUCH AN ISOLATED AREA, EVEN THOUGH IT IS CLOSE TO A LOT OF PLACES, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, CENTRAL ARKANSAS, IT IS STILL KIND OF AN ISOLATED AREA AND THAT WAS EVEN -- THE WAY IT WAS BACK THEN IN THE CIVIL WAR TIME. THIS AREA DIDN'T -- IT JUST DIDN'T SEEM THE IMPACT OF THE CIVIL WAR QUITE LIKE OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY DID. ALTHOUGH, THERE WERE SKIRMISHS HERE AND A STORY THAT FAMILY WHO LIVED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE VALLEY WERE UNION SYMPATHIZERS AND FAMILIES WHO LIVED ON THE SOUTHERN END SYMPATHIZED FOR THE SOUTH. CAIS WERE LOCATED NEAR WOOR WE WERE STANDING RIGHT NOW.

MAKING GUNPOWDER.

AND THE GUNPOWDER WAS BEING MADE FOR THE CONFEDERATES. THE UNION ARMY WOULD COME IN AND DO SOME ATTACKS AND THEY PUSHED THEM DOWN. OVER A FEW MONTHS, THEY WOULD GET BACK AT IT AND BE PRODUCING SALT PETER.

THERE IS NOT MUCH LEFT OF THE OLD HOMESTEADS HERE LIKE THE WHITELY HOMESTEAD.

UNFORTUNATELY SOME ARSONISTS BURNED IT DOWN. THE WHITELY HOMESTEAD IS ONE OF MANY HOMESTEADS IF YOU ARE HIKING IN THIS AREA AND EVEN IN SOME CASES YOU CAN DRIVE UP TO -- WHEN YOU ARE OUT ON THE BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL, ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING THINGS YOU CAN DO IS COME AS CROSS PERHAPS AN INDIAN BLUFF SHELTER OR REMNANTS OF CABINS LIKE THIS OR AN ACTUAL CABIN OR OLD BARN ITSELF. SOME OF THESE THINGS GO BACK TO THE 1850s, THE LATE 1800s, 1920s. THERE IS A BARN JUST UP RIVER OF US HERE THAT WAS BUILT BACK IN THE 1930s. JUST A BEAUTIFUL TIME CAPSULE, AGAIN, OF OZARK MOUNTAIN LIFE.

JOINING US AT OUR HIKE AT THE OTHER TRAILHEAD AT STEEL CREEK NEAR PONCA ALONG WITH RHONDA MILLS IS TRAVELLER CHUCK HARALSON WITH THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM WHO WILL GIVE US SOME PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS LATER IN THE SHOW.

THE BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL OR B.R.T., IS A RELATIVELY NEW TRAIL AND MUCH OF IT IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN TAKING THE TRAIL FROM THE STEEL CREEK CAMPGROUND IS ENYOIING STEEL CREEK ITSELF.

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE TO CROSS STEEL CREEK TO GET UP TO THE FIRST OVERLOOK ON THE TRAIL.

STEEL CREEK WAS NAMED FOR GEORGE AND NANCY STEEL WHO SETTLED THIS AREA AROUND 1848. THEY RAISED 11 CHILDREN DOWN HERE, CHUCK, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLUFF WHERE STEEL CREEK COMES INTO THE BUFFALO. NINE OF WHICH WERE BORN AND RAISED RIGHT THERE. SO SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE LIVED UP AND DOWN THIS SECTION OF RIVER OVER THE YEARS, BUT THE SCARIEST THING THAT HAPPENED WAS BACK JUST BEFORE THE PARK SERVICE ESTABLISHED THE RIVER I AS A NATIONAL TREASURE, THERE WAS A RANCH THAT HAD PLANS TO DEVELOP A GOLF COURSE, CONDOMINIUMS, ABOUT 250 FROM WHAT I HAVE READ. AND WE WOULD HAVE HAD AN AIR STRIP AND A LOT OF OTHER THINGS GOING ON HERE THAT WOULD HAVE TURNED THIS ENTIRELY -- THE FABRIC OF THIS LANDSCAPE INTAIRLY A DIFFERENT -- ENTIRELY A DIFFERENT ACTION. WE ARE THANKFU THANKFUL WISER HS PREVAILED AND WE WERE ABLE TO SALVAGE THIS AND TURN IT INTO AMERICA'S FIRST NATIONAL RIVER.

THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER WAS ALSO THE CORNERSTONE FOR THE STATE'S ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT.

THAT'S RIGHT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE OTHER RIVERS IN ARKANSAS, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, A VIABLE ENTITY BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE WHITE RIVER WAS ALREADY -- HAD BEEN DAMMED SEVERAL TIMES AND SO THE BUFFALO WAS JUST ANOTHER ON THE LIST. SOMEHOW, A LOT OF FOLKS WOKE UP TO THE REALITY THAT WE NEED TO SAVE THIS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS STATE IS ABOUT. THAT'S WHY IT IS THE NATURAL STATE. I WOULD ARGUE WITH ANYONE THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE ENTIRE MIDWEST AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SHAME TO SEE THAT CHANGE.

YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE HERE, PARTICULARLY ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT YOU KNOW AND YOU HAD ASKED HIM ABOUT BEING RAISED IN THE AREA AND REARED UP AND HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT. YOU HAVE TO SHARE THAT.

WE WERE OUT HERE RIDING TOGETHER ONE TIME AND HE ACTUALLY GREW UP AROUND THE CORNER HERE DOWN ON THE RIVER. AND I ASKED HIM, I SAID -- AND THIS IS A GENTLEMAN WHO IS IN HIS LATE 50s. I SAID WHEN YOU WERE RAISED HERE, DID YOU REALLY COMPREHEND AND APPRECIATE WHERE YOU WERE? AND HE VERY HONOR HADDESTLY SAID, YOU KNOW, RHONDA, I REALLY DON'T THINK WE DID, WHAT WE SAW WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A LIVING AND IT WAS A VERY HARD LIVING. HE WAS RAISED IN A TWO-ROOM CABIN WITH FAMILY OF SIX AND THEY LOGGED, THEY FARMED AND AS YOU LOOK OUT HERE AND YOU SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE, THAT WAS A TOUGH WAY TO SURVIVE. AND THESE ARE VERY TOUGH PEOPLE. NOW, WHAT'S GREAT IS TODAY HE IS ABLE TO COME OUT AND RIDE HIS MULE AND ENJOY IT AND HE WILL SAY, THIS IS A FABULOUS PLACE. BUT WHEN I WAS BEING RAISED AND WHEN WE WERE WORKING HARD, WE DIDN'T REALLY THINK ABOUT THE FANTASTIC PLACE THAT WE LIVED IN.

ON ANY HIKE, RHONDA SAYS IT IS NOT SO MUCH GOING THE DISTANCE, BUT ENJOYING WHAT'S ALONG THE WAY.

PEOPLE HAVE A TENDENCY, AND MYSELF INCLUDED, WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO BECOME FIX EIGHTED ON DESTINATION -- FIXATED ON DESTINATION AS OPPOSE TO THE LITTLE TREASURES ALONG THE WAY. IF SOMEONE IS COMING HERE TO HIKE, THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE THEM IS DON'T GET SO FOCUSED ON HOW FAR YOU ARE GOING. TAKE TIME TO TALK TO SOMEBODY WHO HAS BEEN THERE, COME IN, SEE US. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE. DISTANCE IS NOT WHAT YOU ARE HERE TO DO. YOU ARE HERE TO SEE THE LITTLE HOME PLACES ALONG THE WAY, THE FOUNDATIONS, THE CHIMNEYS THAT ARE STANDING, GOING UP SNEED CREEK IS A MARVEL BECAUSE OF ALL THE LIMESTONE ALONG THE WAY. DON'T GET EXCITED HOW FAR YOU ARE GOING, GET EXCITED ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ON EITHER SIDE ALONG THE WAY. THAT MAY ONLY BE TEN MILES WORTH OF TRAILS BUT IT WILL BE AN OUTSTANDING TEN MILES WORTH OF TRAIL.

TEN MILES A PLENTY ENOUGH FOR ME. OF COURSE, ENJOYING A SUNSET IN THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER REGION IS A MUST.

THE PHRASE BEING PUT ON A PEDESTAL TAKES ON QUITE THE LITERAL MEANING HERE AT THE PEDESTAL ROCKS AREA NEAR PELSOR. COME ALONG WITH US AS WE EXPLORE THE ANCIENT PAST OF THE OZARKS ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

THE PEDESTAL ROCKS AREA, 40 MILES NORTH OF RUSSELLVILLE AND SIX MILES EAST OF PELSOR ON HIGHWAY 16 REALLY IS ONE OF THE MORE AWE INSPIRING LOCATIONS IN THE OZARKS, WITH ROCK FORMATIONS RESEMBLING HUGE PEDESTRIAN TALLS -- PEDESTALS, THIS AREA OFFERS A LOT OF HISTORY. HIKING THE TRAIL WITH GEOLOGIST SCOTT AUSBROOKS.

THE LINES WE SEE RUNNING ACROSS HERE, THEY TELL A STORY.

YES, CHUCK. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT HERE IS LAYERS UPON LAYERS OF SEDIMENT DEPOSIT THE BY AN ANCIENT RIVER SYSTEM SOME 320 MILLION YEARS AGO. WHAT GEOLOGISTS LOOK AT, SOME OF THESE LINES ARE AT AN ANGLE. FROM THERE WE CAN TELL WHAT DIRECTION THIS RIVER WAS FLOWI FLOWING.

THESE UNIQUE TOWERING ROCK COLUMNS DO, INDEED, TELL THE ANCIENT STORY OF THE OZARKS.

THEY DO. THEY TELL US WHAT THE OZARKS WERE LIKE BACK SOME 320 MILLION YEARS AGO. TODAY WE LOOK OUT AND WE SEE THE PLATEAUS AND THE MOUNTAINS. BUT 320 MILLION YEARS AGO, THIS TELLS US THE OZARKS WERE A PLAIN WITH A MAJOR RIVER SYSTEM RUNNING THROUGH IT AND THESE ROCKS ARE A RESULT OF THE SEDIMENTS THAT WERE DEPOSITED BY THOSE ANCIENT STREAMS.

SCOTT, LOOKING AT THIS PEDESTAL ROCK, YOU WONDER HOW IN THE WORLD DID IT EVER FORM LIKE THIS BY ITSELF. BUT REALLY IT WASN'T BY ITSELF WAY BACK WHEN.

CHUCK, WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT HERE IS DEPOSITS OF SAND FROM OUR RIVER SYSTEM, SOME 300 PLUS MILLION YEARS AGO THAT WAS DEPOSITED IN AN OCEAN NOT TOO FAR TO THE SOUTH OF US HERE. AND AFTER THE SOLIDIFICATION INTO ROCK AND OVER TIME THIS ROCK HAS BEEN EXPOSED AND NOW IT HAS BEEN ERODED. ACTUALLY, THIS PEDESTAL WAS ONCE A PART OF THE BLUFF LINE WE SEE BEHIND US. AND OVER TIME, WITH RAIN AND WIND, IT IS SIMPLY -- AND THE FRACTURES IN THE ROCK HAVE ALLOWED WATER TO MOVE THROUGH IT HAVE ENLARGED AND GIVE US THE ROCK WE SEE HERE TODAY.

THIS IS PRIMARILY SANDSTONE?

THAT'S CORRECT. IT IS A FINE TO MEDIUM GRAIN SANDSTONE. IT IS COARSE IN SOME AREAS AND YOU CAN ALSO SEE SOME OF THE RIPPLE BEDS AND SOME OF THE DEPOSIT FEATURES THAT WERE THE SAME THINGS WE SEE TODAY IN MODERN RIVER SYSTEMS. WE CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON SOME 300 MILLION YEARS AGO.

AND ALL THIS GREEN IS LIKEN, AND ORANGE LIKEN.

YOU SEE GREEN, ORANGE, BROWN. ANYWHERE THE ROCK IS EXPOSED TO THE WATER, YOU WILL SEE THIS GROWING ON IT.

IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO GO DOWN TO THE BASE OF THE BLUFF LINE, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THE UNDERWORLD OF PEDESTAL ROCKS, CAVES AND SHELTERS THAT ALSO FORMED AS A RESULT OF THE MASSIVE WEATHERING AND WERE ONCE USED BY EARLY CIVILIZATIONIZATI.

SOME OF THE PEDESTAL FORMATIONS YOU FIND HERE ARE IN THEIR INFANCY.

SO WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT HERE, I GUESS, SCOTT, SEEMS TO BE THE BEGINNINGS OF A PEDESTAL?

THAT'S CORRECT. AS YOU LOOK UP HERE, YOU CAN SEE THE CRACK OR FRACTURE IN THE ROCK AND THAT ALLOWS WATER FROM ABOVE -- RAINWATER TO COME THROUGH. AS IT HITS THIS WEAKER ROCK, IT BEGINS TO ERODE AND WIDEN OUT INTO THE CAVITY YOU SEE HERE. EVENTUALLY OVER TIME IT WILL SEPARATE FROM THE BLUFF BEHIND ME AND EVENTUALLY YOU ARE GOING TO END UP OVER TIME WHAT YOU GET OVER HERE, THE FREE-STANDING PEDESTAL THAT YOU SEE ALL AROUND THIS AREA.

IT WILL TAKE A FEW YEARS?

IT WILL TAKE MANY YEARS.

SO EXPLORE FOR YOURSELF THE PEDESTAL ROCKS AREA NEAR PELSOR AND VENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN.

I2-S 11,000 OF BEAUTY. IT IS CLEAR MOUNTAIN STREAMS, THE RICHLAN RICHLAND CREEK AREA. JOIN US FOR A HIKE INTO RICH LANDFALLS AND TWIN FALLS, THE CLOSEST THING TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

THE RICHLAND CREEK WILDERNESS AREA WITHOUT A DOUBT IS ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC PLACES IN THE INTIR UNITED STATES. GETTING TO THIS EXTREMELY REMOTE AREA IS NOT EXACTLY EASY. ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DRIVE A FEW MILES ON A COUNTY ROAD OR TWO. RICHLAND FALSE AND TWIN FALSE ARE LOCATED ABOUT 2 1/2 MILES UPSTREAM FROM THE RICHLAND CREEK CAMPGROUND. THERE IS A PRIMMIVE TRAIL THAT GOES AROUND THE TRAIL, WHICH MEANS THERE IS LOOSE ROCKS AND MAYBE POISON IVY. IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME TAKING THE HIKE, IT MAY BE A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS FROM THE AREA. WE TOOK JAIR HARROD AND CHARL HAIR SOME, PHOTOGRAPHER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM.

I HAVE TO WATCH MY STEP RIGHT HERE. THIS IS A REAL NICE LEG BREAKER RIGHT HERE. SOMETIMES WHEN I AM SHOOTING I GET SO INVOLVED, I FORGET WHERE I AM. I KNOW ONE DAY I ALMOST WALKED INTO TRAFFIC, JUST SLAP INTO TRAFFIC BECAUSE I WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT I WAS DOING, I FORGOT WHERE I WAS. THIS IS A LITTLE LEG BREAKER RIGHT THERE.

FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY, CHUCK HARALSON HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING THE NATURAL STATE FROM EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE FOR ALL THOSE FANTASTIC AND AWESOME PICTURES YOU SEE IN THE TRAVEL BROCHURES.

THE BEST WAY TO SEE WATERFALLS IS ON AN CLOUDY DAY. IT IS TOO BRIGHT WITH THE SUN OUT. AT RICHLAN RICHLAND FALLS WE TAH CHUCK HOW HOW TO GET THAT UNIQUE ANGLE AND PHOTOGRAPHING WATERFALLS LIKE THE PROS.

SOMETIMES I GET TO PLACES AND PEOPLE ARE ALREADY THERE SHOOTING PICTURES. THE NUMBER ONE MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE, THEY DON'T HAVE A TRIPOD. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TRIPOD, YOU CAN'T HAVE THE SLOW SHUTTER SPEEDS TO MAKE THE WATER LOOK LIKE THAT. I ALWAYS SHOOT WITH A SLOW SHUTTER SPEED, MAYBE ONE TO TWO SECONDS. A REAL TIN FINE GRAINED SLOW FI. AND I LIKE A POLARIZING FILTER THAT KNOCKS THE LIGHT DOWN EVEN MORE AND IT TAKES THE SPARKLE OFF OF THE WATER ALSO. AND THE COMBINATION OF ALL THREE OR FOUR OF THOSE THINGS, YOU CAN REALLY GET THAT SILKY LOOK LIKE THAT. AND THE ONLY DAYS I SHOOT A WATERFALL IS ON A CLOUDY DAY. TODAY IS A REAL MARGINAL DAY BECAUSE THE SUN IS COMING IN AND OUT. THE ONLY TIME I CAN SHOOT IS WHEN THE SUN GOES IN AND IT IS REALLY STILL KIND OF BRIGHT TODAY BUT I AM JUST MAKING THE BEST OF IT.

YOU LOOK FOR THE OTHER ANGLE. YOU CAN SHOOT IT BELOW BUT UP HERE, SITUATED WHERE WE ARE, IT IS DIFFICULT.

AMATEURS WOULD WALK UP AND SHOOT THEIR PICTURES HERE, SOAK THEIR FEET IN THE WATER AND WALK BACK. WHEN I DO MY PHOTOGRAPHY, I WANT TO DO -- I WANT TO DO A PICTURE THAT SOMEONE LOOKS AT AND GOES, HOW DID HE DO THAT? WHERE WAS HE STANDING TO GET THAT? I WANT PEOPLE TO SAY, HOW DID A GUY GET THIS SHOT? THAT'S WHAT I LOOK FOR. SOMETHING DIFFICULT AND DIFFERENT TO DO.

THE NICE THICK ABOUT THESE DIGITALS, YOU CAN SEE WHAT YOU GOT AS SOON AS YOU SHOOT IT.

WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE PHRASE HAVE AN EYE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. ACCORDING TO CHUCK, THERE IS A LOT OF MERIT TO THAT.

IT IS ALMOST SCARY NOWADAYS WITH DIGITAL CAMERAS WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU ARE REALLY SEEING WITH DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. YOU DON'T KNOW IF THEY REALLY TOOK THAT PICTURE OR DID IT IN PHOTO SHOP. I DO THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EYES. I THINK PERSONALLY MYSELF, I WAS BLESSED WITH AN EYE. I THINK THAT WAS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS I WAS BLESSED WITH WAS TO BE ABLE TO SEE. IT IS SO EASY FOR ME TO SEE PICTURES. IT IS SO EASY. IT IS NOT EVEN WORK ANYMORE. IT IS PLE PLEASURE. I THINK SOME PEOPLE ARE BORN WITH AN EYE. I THINK THE THING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY, THEY HAVE TO LEARN THE CRAFT. THEY HAVE TO LEARN THE TECHNIQUES AND THAT'S THE HARD PART FOR ME. I THINK YOU CAN BE TAUGHT TO SEE THINGS BETTER IF YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON. BUT I THINK THE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE REALLY BORN WITH THAT EYE, I REALLY DO.

FROM RICHLAND FALLS, WE NOW HAD OUR SIGHT ON TWIN FALLS.

THERE ARE PROBABLY A QUARTER MILE DOWN HERE, PROBABLY A 20 TO 25-FOOT DROP OFF BOTH THE FALLS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF RAIN FOR IT TO COME DOWN. IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WATER FUELS ALONG WITH DOUG HOLLOW, THE COSSATOT FALLS. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY WATERFALLS THIS ARKANSAS. WE ARE SO LUCKY TO LIVE IN A STATE THAT WE HAVE ABUNDANT WATER LIKE WE DO.

AFTER FORGING THE CREEK A SECOND TIME, WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO TWIN FALSE. DURING THIS TIME OF HIKE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAILS, NOT ONLY TO WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES BUT ALSO FOR OTHER WILDLIFE. NOT JUST WILDLIFE, BUT PLANT LIFE AS WELL. A MUSHROOM, FOR INSTANCE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER WE HAVE EVER SEEN. AFTER ABOUT A 30 MINUTE OR SO HIKE FROM RICHLAND FALLS, WE FINALLY CAME TO ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR WATERFALLS IN THE STATE. TWIN FALLS IS WHERE LONG DEVILS FORK AND LONG DEVILS FORK CONVERGE WITH WATERFALLS SIDE BY SIDE FOR 27 FEET. THIS SITE IS TOO AWESOME TO PUT INTO WORDS SO WE WILL LET THE VIDEO SPEAK FOR ITSELF.

EXPLORE FOR YOURSELF TWIN FALLS AND RICHLAND FALLS AT RICHLAND CREEK WILDERNESS AREA OR THE BUFFALO RIVER TRAIL WHICH WHEN COMPLETED WILL EXTEND ALMOST THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE BUFFALO RIVER AND PROVIDE A LEG BETWEEN ARKANSAS' OZARK HIGHLANDS TRAIL AND MISSOURI'S OZARK TRAIL FORMING A SYSTEM OF TRAILS MORE THAN 1,000 MILES LONG. AND WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN THE NEXT TIME FOR ANOTHER EXCITING ADVENTURE ON "EXPLORING ARKANSAS."

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