Glory Hole and Alum Cove

  • April 21, 2013 · 7:45 AM
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This hike is very unique.   Where else have you ever seen a creek that cut a clean hole directly through the ceiling of a cave?  The trail is 2 miles round trip.  Downhill on the way in and uphill on the way back.    It's rated as moderate. 

 

Those carpooling from Springfield need to meet promptly at Fast and Friendly at 7:45, on the road by 8.  Anyone else that is going will need to meet us at the trailhead.

 

If time permits, we will also stop off at Alum Cove.   This 1.1 mile trail leads down to one of the largest natural bridges in this part of the country. It is in a beautiful little valley enclosed by a rugged bluff line. The natural bridge is carved from solid rock by a small creek and spans over 130 feet. The trail goes across the natural bridge and then loops back underneath. It then loops through the valley, across a small creek to a long bluff line, and back through the valley to the natural bridge. There are large cave-like rooms to explore, and smaller natural bridges which are weathered out of this sandstone bluff. The valley contains a large variety of wildflowers and trees including Dogwood, Redbud, Umbrella Magnolia, and Beech. From the natural bridge, you retrace your steps to the trailhead. This section is steep, so take your time climbing out.

Please bring a day pack with plenty of water and pack a lunch.  Don't forget your sunscreen.

As Always, hikers do so at their own risk!

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  • Chris Kincaid D.

    My phone doesn't seem to like the meet up site. Having trouble up loading my pics. They arr on my Facebook. Had great time everyone.

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Sorry you can't get your photos on here, they are great.

      April 23, 2013

  • Chris Kincaid D.

    Just had a chance to flip through all the pics. What a beautiful site!

    April 23, 2013

  • kathy s.

    It was great place to go hike. So many photo opts. Great people for company. Would love to hit some more down there.

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Did you find the "Float a Boat" meetups?

      April 22, 2013

    • kathy s.

      No I have not can you head me in the right way??

      April 22, 2013

  • Laura

    So much fun - even if I had to partake in the 'non-historic bench' for a brief r-and-r session ... and LET that little dog beat me up the hill ... ha ha ha. But seriously, Millie is sooooo cute! Great bunch of folks - can't wait to hike/bike/kayak with you all summer!

    3 · April 22, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Laura, you are great fun, please come back! When I saw you at work this morning I thought, wow, she looks really hot in that dress! (And I don't swing that way,... not that there is anything wrong with that!)

      April 22, 2013

  • Laura

    Just FYI - if you are looking for my +1 friend - his name is Doug White.

    April 22, 2013

  • kathy s.

    It was a great hike. The best i have been on yet. Beautiful !! Was nice to get on and enjoy the day with more new friends. Hope to go on more with you.

    April 22, 2013

  • Julie C.

    Perfect day on all accounts! Scenery, company, and weather!! Life is so good!! :-)

    April 21, 2013

  • Donna J.

    I had such a great time! I think this was one of my favorite hikes yet. Great company and beautiful April in Arkansas. I can't wait to see everyone else's pictures!!!

    April 21, 2013

  • Diane P.

    We waited till 8:05. We are on the road. Have a great day!

    April 21, 2013

  • Janey

    Also needing to cancel. Too many responsibilities and unexpected out of town trips this week. Going to stay home most of Sunday and hike nearby instead. You all have fun!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SORRY GUYS HAD A ROAD TRIP COME UP WITH WORK AND COULD USE THE MONEY

    April 21, 2013

  • Laura

    Still planning on going, bringing my plus 1, meeting at 65 and Evans, and will drive. Can take 2 additional riders.

    April 20, 2013

  • Diane P.

    Janey, where do you want us to pick you up at?

    April 20, 2013

    • Janey

      65 / F. I sent you an email.

      April 20, 2013

  • Diane P.

    One more reminder of what you need to bring:

    1. Sunscreen
    2. bug spray
    3. Plenty of water
    4. Lunch to eat when we get to the Glory Hole

    One the way back, we will drive through Jasper and stop for dinner at the Ozarks Café on the square. This is optional, but one of our favorite places to eat while in Arkansas.

    If you are catching a ride with someone, it is polite to offer them gas money.

    April 20, 2013

  • Diane P.

    I will have printed driving directions for all of the drivers. We will need to take multiple vehicle as we have 26 going. If you can drive, please state so here so that we don't have mass confusion Sunday morning. If you are driving, please show up with a full tank of gas. We will not have time to stop on the way down and there are very few gas stations where the hikes are at. We will be covering 229 miles and we will have a total of 4.5 hours of driving time.

    I have multiple copies of this printed out, no need for you to print.

    Here is a link to the google maps directions:


    http://goo.gl/maps/McJE0

    April 20, 2013

  • Diane P.

    Everyone! We have a very large group for this hike so it's very, very important to update your RSVP if you are not going to make it. I will be checking RSVP right up to the last minute, so if you are not going to make it, please change your RSVP.

    April 20, 2013

  • Erin V.

    Not going to be able to make it after all.

    April 20, 2013

  • Janey

    Carpool from a couple miles north of Bran s on. (My Kindle Fire is on auto spell check.)

    April 19, 2013

  • Janey

    I don't mind driving, been on Hwy 43 many times, but would rather join a carpool near Brandon right off Hey 65. If anybody has room and willing to stop, let me know.

    April 19, 2013

  • Diane P.

    I will post driving directions tonight when I get home, but there will be a change of plans from what was posted earlier. We will NOT BE DRIVING THROUGH JASPER ON THE WAY DOWN!!!!! We are going to take the route that bypasses Harrison and Jasper and goes through Ponca. More details posted tonight.

    April 19, 2013

  • ben h.

    I also will be at the fast and friendly at 7:45 Sunday

    April 19, 2013

  • Laura

    I will be meeting up at the Fast 'n Friendly, too. This will be my hike with the group / been looking forward to this one.

    April 18, 2013

  • Erin V.

    I'll be at the Fast n Friendly Sunday morning. Who else will be there?

    April 16, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Thanks for starting this post ladies. Could I get everyone to please post if you will be at fast and friendly Sunday morning at or if you are going to meet us in Jasper by 9:45.

      April 18, 2013

    • kathy s.

      I'll be at the fast and friendly too

      April 18, 2013

  • Mark

    Can't afford the drive to Arkansas right now but y'all have fun

    April 15, 2013

    • Erin V.

      Mark, you can just ride down with one of us and make up for the gas money some other time, if that's all that's holding you back.

      April 18, 2013

  • Craig R.

    I will be in CA visiting my folks, so I gotta back out :(

    March 20, 2013

    • Erin V.

      "don't like", but glad you get to see your folks! Actually, jealous that I'm not in Cali too!

      April 18, 2013

  • Janey

    would appreciate a carpool pickup from Hwy 65 a little north of branson if somebody has room

    April 18, 2013

    • Erin V.

      Janey, we could probably pick you up. Can you email me your number?

      April 18, 2013

  • Erin V.

    My vehicle isn't very fuel efficient, but I can fit 5-7 people.

    April 18, 2013

  • Chris Kincaid D.

    I'll be at fast and friendly. Would prefer to carpool with someone and willing to pitch in for gas. John?

    April 18, 2013

  • Joani

    I will be at fast and friendly and I'm bringing one guest.

    April 18, 2013

  • Kim B.

    I want to go, what is the address & I can meet you there. and the time everyone start hike.

    April 15, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Hi Kim, the address to the meetup site from where we carpool is in the write up above. As far as when we are starting the hike, that is hard to say. The drive to the trail head is 2.5 hours away and we have multiple meetup sites to pick people up. Finding the trailhead is also difficult as it's not well marked and you really need to know where it's at your first time. I would recommend meeting the group at 65 and Evans road at 7:45 and carpooling down.

      April 15, 2013

  • Chuck D.

    THESE PLACES SOUND TOO COOL TO PASS UP SO WILL BE GOING WITH A FRIEND ON SATURDAY MARCH 23 WHO IS IN SAME SITUATION (SUNDAY CHURCH OBLIGATIONS) THANKS FOR PROVIDING THE INFORMATION THAT WILL MAKE THESE TRAILS EASY TO FIND AS YOU DID FOR TWIN FALLS FROM RICHLAND CREEK CAMPGROUND. ANYONE IN SIMILAR SITUATION IS WELCOME TO COME WITH US.

    March 20, 2013

    • Diane P.

      I will post some additional information when I get a chance.

      March 20, 2013

  • Naomi

    Hello all! I just joined this group and have not gone on a trip yet. I am interested in the March 24th hike. Do we meet at the gas station and split gas and carpool? What is the estimated time we will be back?

    March 19, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Hi Naomi, yes, we meet at the station and carpool. Picking an estimated time of return is always a guess work. The drive there and back is a total of 4.5 - 5 hours. We usually stop for dinner at the Ozark cafe on the way back and many of us will go there for breakfast too. Hiking time to both places will be 2-4 hours. I put us back no earlier than 5pm and more likely 6-7 pm. If you have an obligation I always recommend that you drive your own car and make sure the people with you are willing to come back when you need to. Hope that helps..

      March 20, 2013

  • Chuck D.

    HAVE CHURCH OBLIGATIONS

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Chuck D.

    OOPS!FORGOT MARCH 24 WAS A SUNDAY. HAVE CHURCH OBLIGATIONS. PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM LIST OF CONFIRMED

    March 11, 2013

    • John R.

      Hey Chuck, just go to meetup.com and login. Go to the Take-a-Hike group and you'll see the listing of events. Go to the one you want and change your RSVP

      March 18, 2013

    • Chuck D.

      Thanks John, I will try that.

      March 18, 2013

  • Kevin

    Diane, I think I'll bring a car load from NWA. What time should we meet you at the Glory Hole trail head?

    March 14, 2013

    • Kevin

      OK, I thought you might make it there a bit earlier. If there is any signal, you can reach me at[masked]-3960. Looking forward to seeing you!

      March 17, 2013

    • Diane P.

      Earliest would be 10:45, but we tend to run slooooowwwwww.

      March 18, 2013

  • Stan

    I'm sorry we won't be attending. :0 \ have a great time and watch out for each other!

    March 16, 2013

  • Tina N.

    I'll be there if Red Cross doesn't deploy me

    March 10, 2013

    • Chuck D.

      Hey Tina, I am also waiting for a call for deployment back to New Jersey. Had life-changing experiences in November on New Jersey shores distributing food and supplies

      March 13, 2013

  • Greg M.

    If anyone thinks they may be interested.......in a trip this summer let me know soon....a fe days, as I need to make plans
    Thanks

    March 12, 2013

  • Delia

    Sounds fun but I'll be on vacation

    March 11, 2013

  • Stan

    hopefully we can join you all on this one. [2]

    March 11, 2013

  • Laura

    Count me in !!!

    March 10, 2013

  • Greg M.

    Hey there I have not gone on any trips with the group yet, I might be free for the glory hole hike.
    Question is anyone free and willing to go on a month long trip to Montana or Wyoming?
    Glacier nat park and area or the wind river/ Absaroka wilderness in Wyoming......hate to go by myself.

    March 10, 2013

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