Hiking in the Ozark Mountains and the Buffalo River Trails

If you love the outdoors, then you will truly be amazed by what the Ozark Mountains have to offer. Just out the door from the Queen Anne House Bed and Breakfast. The Ozark Mountains have some of the best trails in this part of the country. There are numerous opportunities to explore and the scenery offers remarkable sightseeing. These trails range from the most scenic to the most rugged in the state, ranging from trails starting at 1 mile to 36.5 miles, and all vary in difficulty. The most unique feature about hiking is that it can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Whether it is admiring and viewing wildflowers in the spring, hiking to a cool stream for swimming and picnicing on a hot summer day, or sightseeing the outstanding fall colors, every season offers something different for the outdoorsmen in all of us.

For over 135 miles and 95,000 acres, the Buffalo River is a sightseer's paradise. It is perfect for day hikes,  or combining a downstream river float with an upstream hike. The spectacular scenery of these trails is simply mind blowing. From historical home sites, old farmsteads, mountain streams, majestic bluffs, natural bridges, ancient caves and unexplored caves dating as far back as 12,000 years, spring wildflowers, watchable wildlife, beautiful rivers and streams to magnificent waterfalls reaching over 200 feet, these trails are sure to satisfy your taste for outdoor adventure.

Another great idea for hiking is in the old community of Erbie. There are a number of trails in this area which provide opportunities for a short stroll, or a good day- long hike.There are many historical sights located on these trails. Elk and deer frequent the old fields along the river in the early morning and evening hours. These trails can be hiked individually or combined into a loop of approximately 7.5 miles.

 

 

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Looking out the backside of the hollow.  It is an easy hike down, you will need to take water and have about 6 hours. Round trip is about 5 miles. The hike out is hard and steep.

Looking at the main falls on the opposite wall of the canyon from the trail going down.  Falls are very dependent on rain and can stop in dry times.

Smaller fall on the trail about two stories high.

Innkeeper on hiking adventure, "Hey hikers have you heard about the Queen Anne House?" Another small fall on the trail.

Looking up at the main fall. The tallest water fall in mid America some 204 feet. The trail head is just minutes from the Queen Anne House.

The bottom of the falls is a great place to get wet, bring your swim suit.

Hike in May 2006 to Lost Valley Trail and Eden Cave

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Small fall and pool on the Lost Valley Trail minutes from the Queen Anne House. The Trail is 1.5 miles long and ends in Eden cave. It is an easy hike up to the last .5 miles. The trail then climbs steeply to the mouth of the cave.

 

Pool and falls at the Natural Bridge. Inside this cave a stream comes out a wall and joins the main creek.  This is very close to Cobb Cave, a huge bluff shelter that was home to early Indian cultures.

 

Eden fall from a great height  looking down from the trail and close to the mouth of Eden cave.

Hard to see in this photo due to clarity, is the stream rushing out of the mouth of Eden cave.  

Looking out the mouth of Eden cave just before the tight crawl. The sound of water rushing through the cave was intense.

This is the large room and water fall at the end of Eden cave. You have to crawl in a tight squeeze for approximately 200 feet ending in a large room with an amazing  35-foot-tall waterfall. Well worth the trip. The cave has no light and you must bring a flash light for the trip. Clark Creek on the Lost Valley trail and all its falls can slow or stop in dry times.

 

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Early Spring Hike to Hemmed in Hollow 2006

 

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Whitaker Point (Hawksbill Crag)

A medium level hike with unbelievable views and on the trail a small cascade over a half sink hole dome or Indian rock house in the side of a cliff.  Drive to the trail head is  a small adventure too.

Fall 2010 Hike to "The Goat Trail "also known as "Big Bluff " and "Horse Shoe bend "

A eight mile round trip hike uper medium level. The granddaddy of all bluffs on the Buffalo River, standing over 500 feet tall with a million dollar view.

 

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