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I am always on the hunt for a great hiking trail. I love a trail that offers a mix of relaxed-pace walking, some elevation change (but not too much), gorgeous views and interesting land formations. Caves are cool; waterfalls are even better. The Lost Valley Trail in Boxley Valley offers all of this and more.
We recently spent a weekend in Jasper where we stayed at The Arkansas House and traveled to Ponca for some elk viewing. Knowing we needed to do something else to fill our days, I began researching some of the local hiking trails and the Lost Valley Trail kept popping up.
I’d been interested in Hawksbill Crag/Whitaker Point, but the trail seemed a bit overwhelming considering we’d have our 4-year-old son in tow. He’s done a lot of hiking, but the idea of hiking along the top of steep bluffs and rocks jutting hundreds of feet above the ground below did not sit well with this momma! We needed something a little more family-friendly, and the Lost Valley Trail seemed to check all of the boxes.
This out and back trail is just over 2 miles in length, making it the perfect hike if you’ve got 2-3 hours to spend. The first half of the trail is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs and winds alongside a seasonal creek bed and some interesting rock formations. Several strategically placed placards describe the history and geology of the trail. There are also several benches along the path.
The second half of the trail is fairly steep, rugged and mildly challenging. I wouldn’t recommend this section for beginning hikers or anyone with small children. George did great, but at four, he already has hundreds of miles of hiking experience.
If you are up to the challenge, the payoff is totally worth it. You will encounter beautiful waterfalls (more pronounced during the rainy season), a natural bridge and several caves. And the towering bluffs that rise up all around you are breathtaking.
Twin (Triple) Falls (Take an AWD vehicle to the trailhead.)
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