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Old 04-13-2017, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Petal, Ms
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Near the end of May, we (my fiancé, his brother, and I) will be vacationing in Jasper, AR, and we want to do interesting things. We enjoy hiking, finding really cool things in the wild and fun swimming holes. Waterfalls are a plus, as are any absolutely beautiful places we just shouldn't miss. We want to be away from tourist-y stuff. We want to see real, genuine things, even if it requires a lot of walking. Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 04-13-2017, 05:14 PM
 
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Get Tim Ernst's Waterfalls Guidebook (his updated one). It will show you where all the waterfalls are and exactly how to get to them, how easy or how hard it is to get to them, etc.

Falling Water Falls is one that is easily seen from the road, and there are several more downstream....one of those is also able to be seen from the road and the others are not far off of it....I remember my son showing them to me and one was just 1/2 mile from the road.

You could also just google FWFalls and find the info, but you might not find the info about all the other ones downstream. That is just a really beautiful area. The Pedestal Rocks Scenic area and Kings Bluff hiking trail is out there also. There is a little store on Hwy. 7 at Sand Gap (aka Pelsor...about 30 miles south of Jasper) where you turn to go to FWFalls and I hear they make good sandwiches.

But go with the Tim Ernst book and you won't be disappointed. It can be ordered directly from Tim here: Arkansas Waterfalls Guidebook
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Old 04-13-2017, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I live in Jasper. I would really suggest kayaking the Buffalo since that is prime time. Some hiking trails would be hemmed hollow, Whittaker point (hawksbill crag), Glory Hole Falls, Twin/Triple falls, Sam's throne, and Lost Valley. Be sure to see the elk in Boxley valley. At that time, they will be out in early morning and evening. All access points to the Buffalo are great swim holes. Visit the elk education center in Ponca. Stop on Hwy 7 to see the Arkansas Grand canyon for amazing views. Eat at Ozark Cafe and Blue Mt. Bakery.

You'll have a great time.
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Old 04-13-2017, 06:44 PM
 
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Lost Valley hiking trail is the best of the best when the water is really flowing, and great even when it's not running high.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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There is a nice swimming hole north of Jasper at Pruitt where Hwy 7 crosses the Buffalo river. Pretty popular spot though.

I second the reccomendation to float the Buffalo, canoe or kayak, whichever you prefer.
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Petal, Ms
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Thanks for the replies guys! The days till our vacation are counting down! We can't wait. And we're staying near the Arkansas Grand Canyon, so if y'all have any more hidden swim holes that would be great, we need some chill time killers!
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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Go to the Gilbert store, in Gilbert, and rent a canoe or two. They will take you upriver for whatever length float you want. Pack a cooler with some drinks and lunch. You can stop anyplace you want along the river, and spend all the time you want swimming, fishing, or just enjoying the view.

Gilbert is far enough down river that the river will be "floatable" even in the dry summer months, usually.

Read up on the rules and regulations before you go. Stuff like no glass containers, must have a trash bag, etc.

Www.gilbertstore.com
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