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The two RV Gypsies in Arkansas
October 19-21, 2012

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The two RV Gypsies drove to Twin Falls at Camp Orr, Buffalo River Wilderness, Arkansas. The dirt road drive was interesting with the fall colors, but narrow at times, which made passing another car difficult, but possible in most places.

narrow dirt road to Twim Falls, with beautiful fall colors
narrow dirt road to Twim Falls, with beautiful fall colors

The last mile of the dirt road was very steep and signs warned drivers to use low gear so they don't burn up their brakes.

sign: Camp Orr
narrow dirt road to Twim Falls, with beautiful fall colors
sign: Twin Falls

The falls was only about a ten minute walk from the car. Below is a view of the woods beside the trail, and the dry creek bed. The trail itself was easy but just a little bit rocky.

panorama of the dry creek bed

Triple Falls (Twin Falls) is one of the most beautiful and photographed waterfalls in the Ozarks and in Arkansas. The official name is Twin Falls, but in high water it has three distinct falls. Today, the two RV Gypsies could see two side-by-side waterfalls (which use water from two different creeks - Richland Creek and Devil's Fork). However, at this time very little water was flowing over the falls. The two RV Gypsies did not realize that Richland Falls was just another 400 yards or so up the way. Since they didn't know about it, they didn't go there. Duh!

panorama of the almost dry Twin Falls
view of the almost dry Twin Falls
view of the almost dry Twin Falls

Looking towards the falls gave the view in the photos above. Turning around and looking the other way, Karen took a picture of the dry creek bed where the water would be flowing if there were more water cascading down from the falls.

dry creek bed
 

Lost Valley Hike and Cave - map on board by trailhead, but no brochures available. There are a few picnic tables here, and restrooms.

sign: Lost Valley
map on board by trailhead
 

As shown in the map above, the first 1/4 mile of the Lost Valley Trail was wheelchair accessible. The 1.1 mile trail parallels a creek bed that was bone dry today. The first spot to photograph is the Jigsaw Blocks, about 3/10 of a mile from the trailhead. These are giant boulders on the side of the trail. Lots of kids were crawling all over the boulders.

Jigsaw Blocks
Jigsaw Blocks
Jigsaw Blocks
fall colors and the Jigsaw Blocks

This is the Natural Bridge area. But there was no bridge here. There was a small amount of water here today, and apparently a small creek used to flow out of the middle of this rock, forming a small swimming hole.

entering the Natural Bridge area
a small creek used to flow out of the middle of this rock
the Natural Bridge area
Karen Duquette at the Natural Bridge area
the Natural Bridge area

Rounding the corner from the Natural Bridge, the two RV Gypsies looked back and down at the opening from the other side, where the water would be flowing through if there were enough water to flow.

the opening from the other side of the Natural Bridge area
the opening from the other side of the Natural Bridge area
the opening from the other side of the Natural Bridge area
Lee Duquette gets a look at the opening from the other side of the Natural Bridge area

Below: Two people walked through this opening. Karen Duquette went part way into it, Lee did not.

Two people walked through this opening
Karen went part way into the opening
sign: Eden Falls and Eden Falls Cave
fall colors - fall foliage

The two RV Gypsies hiked on a trail overlooking Cob Cave and the people down below at the entrance to Cob Cave. There was no sign saying this is Cob Cave, but it showed up on the map at the beginning of the trail.

panorama of Cob Cave

Since the two RV Gypsies did not want to go down into Cob Cave, Karen zoomed the camera in for a closer look at the rocks of Cob Cave. However, Cobb Cave was not so much a cave but rather a large hollow under a cliff.

rocks at Cobb Cave
rocks at Cobb Cave
rocks at Cobb Cave
rocks at Cobb Cave

Rounding the corner from Cob Cave, the two RV Gypsies saw Eden Falls. There was not very much water falling down the falls. But it is said that the 40-foot-tall Eden Falls makes a lovely descent into a small hollow. But at this time there was barely any water flowing from the falls, and the creek bed was bone dry.

Eden Falls
Eden Falls

Karen Duquette decided that leaning against the big boulder by the side of the trail was the best place to stop and photograph Eden Falls. While there, Karen noticed one lone red leaf on the big boulder. It can barely be seen in the first photograph, but look closely because it is the little red spot to the right of Karen.

Karen Duquette by Eden Falls
one lone red leaf on the big boulder
 

Zooming in on the little bit of water flowing down Eden Falls.

the little bit of water flowing down Eden Falls
the little bit of water flowing down Eden Falls

Looking downwards, people (even young children) were below the waterfall.

people are below the waterfall
people are below the waterfall

After walking around that big boulder, and going up a few stairs, Eden Falls Cave could be seen.

Eden Falls Cave

The two RV Gypsies slowly made their way up to the entrance of Eden Falls Cave, but did not go into the cave because it just looked too hard and dangerous. There is supposed to be another waterfall 30 feet tall inside the cave, about 100 feet back in another room, but other hikers said you have to crawl inside, and you need a flashlight. No thank you.

Eden Falls Cave
Eden Falls Cave
Eden Falls Cave
Eden Falls Cave

Then it was time to go back down. The path to and from the cave was narrow, but not all that difficult.

the path to and from the cave
the path to and from the cave

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