I had been chomping at the bit to get outside, explore, and take some pictures. I had surgery just before Christmas which has kept me indoors for the most part. I finally found time to break away and visit Petit Jean State Park! The crazy thing was, it was mid-January and almost hit 70 degrees that day! Typical Arkansas though… 1 day later and we’re looking at possible flooding and maybe even ice storms on Sunday. My brother joined me again as we set out on this journey. We only had a few hours so we went at a pretty quick pace!
Our first stop was Bear Cave Trail. This leads you along some enormous boulders which are bluff line high above the river. In the picture above, you can see Mather Lodge in the distance. I’m using a zoom lens so you really don’t get a feel for just how far away or high up we are. FYI, boulder climbing is WAY easier without a backpack full of camera gear and a tripod!
I had heard of a lot of people visiting Ponca and Boxley, Arkansas. They are both found in Northern Arkansas along the Buffalo River area. I decided to head that way in search of fall colors and waterfalls! First, I had to con my brother into joining me. After all, a Mustang isn’t exactly a good vehicle for those county dirt roads!
My brother and I decided to hike near Forked Mountain in search of a couple of waterfalls. This mountain is simply amazing! The photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a lone hill that towers over all the other surroundings. At the top are some incredible bluffs.