January 1, 2013 · 8:45 AM
Fast and Friendly
For the last 3 years, Doug McKinney and the NWA hiking group has invited "Take A Hike" to join them on their traditional New Years Day hike at Lost Valley. Last year we had a total of about 75 hikers at Lost Valley. Start your new year off with a hike at Lost Valley.
The following is a copy of the NWA write up:
A hike to Lost Valley has become a New Year holiday tradition for NWA!! Lost Valley is one of most beautiful areas in the Buffalo River park system and offers everything a hiker would want to experience. Winter hikes expose sights and views not normally available the rest of the year, and if we’re lucky enough to get a little moisture before hand, we’ll see some beautiful ice structures along the bluff lines and rocks. There is never a guarantee of the temperature even if it is cold, you can layer up, get out the gloves and stocking caps and join us for our first hike of 2013.
This will be a Family friendly hike but dogs are no longer allowed on the trails. They used to be but that test period is over and the decision was made to make Lost Valley like all the rest of the Buffalo River parks…No Dogs. This will be an Easy hike suitable for kids that follows the 2.3 mile trail and will end up at the cave behind Eden Falls.
Along most of the way we’ll walk beside Clark Creek which is feed by Eden Falls and runs at the base of a huge bluff. There is what seems to be a cave up the bluff about 200’ from the trail and those adventurous soles who want can ascend to a landing outside the cave’s mouth. The view from there is worth the climb. We’ll pass along the Natural Bridge, which may have water flowing through it and a small water fall and a pool at the base. Those who wish can climb through the Bridge and explore this wonder up close. Just after that we’ll see our first cave, the Birth Canal. Then to Cobbs Cave where native Americans once lived and to the base of Eden Falls. From there we’ll follow the trail up a short distance to the top of Eden Falls and to the mouth of the cave behind it. From here it’s a safe 50 yards or so into a large domed room which has a 35’ waterfall.
Bring a flash light or head light if you plan to go in the cave at the top of the falls. Pack a lunch and bring water and we’ll eat along the way, probably at Cobbs Cave.
We’ll leave at 9am and car pool as much as we can. We should be back to Springfield before dark unless we stop to eat dinner in Jasper at the Ozark Cafe. Lost Valley trail is part of the Buffalo River parks system and is located about 2 miles south of Ponca, AR.
As always, hikers do so at their own risk. See you next year!!!