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Monday, July 28, 2014

Glory Hole & Whitaker Point

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Arkansas is keeping its jewels a “secret” , most of the locals can not point you to the right way ,even Arkansas tourist information could not give me directions….

Glory Hole

Finally the directions we got from a ranger were “From Edwards Junction drive 2.3 M and turn left.The parking area is down the hill and can’t be seen from the road.You may see a gate and an old yellow shingled house on the right”

With this information we started this morning with a wish in our hearts that we find the place and see water running in the falls.

Glory Hole ARThe gate and an old yellow shingled house???

Glory Hole AR-Entry PointParking Lot???

It looked like the right place and as there was no one around to ask and no sign suggesting that we are at the TH ,we just took our chances and started a 2 mile hike towards Glory Hole, it was all down hill and we knew what it meant….

We did not meet anyone on the trail and were not sure at the beginning that we are in the right place till we saw a plywood board with a hand writing “Glory Hole”-now we were sure that “maybe” we are on the right trail.

At the beginning we saw the upper part of the fall,water falling into a round hole in the rock.

Glory Hole AR

We walked around and down and saw this unbelievable sight , we had visited many waterfalls,some were high,some were wide ,some were in a cave but never saw one coming out of a hole in the rock.

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It was not in full swing but there is a positive side to that too,we could walk on the rocks and see all the formations only because the water was low.

The one mile up and back to the TH was exactly as Newton predicted “Gravity is a strong power” and it is better to be in shape.

Whitaker Point

Here the directions were again vague ,but as we got closer to the target we asked people that were fixing the asphalt on the HWY and one of them told us that we just missed it “do an U turn and go right just before the Buffalo River Bridge “ .

No hint what so ever that could give a visitor a clue if he is in the right direction, but we took the word of the worker and turned right on a gravel road, but when we saw the conditions of the road we stopped and decided to eat our picnic and wait till some one will come  from the trail or head to the TH.

After half an hour we stopped a car heading to the TH and the girls in it confirmed the worker’s information.

After 6 long up hill miles on a bad gravel road we reached a small parking area and even then there was no sign confirming that it is actually the right TH to Whitaker Point,mind you this point is one of the most photographed in Arkansas-and so it should be….

A hike of 1.5 mile along a great gorge with spectacular views was our reward after we went through to get to the right place.

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Whitaker Point AR

Whitaker Point AR   Whitaker Point AR

It is not a water fall but the excitement and feelings were as if we were standing in front of a giant one,nature at its best.

The beautiful roads and vistas  back to our C.G at 6PM when the sun is low and the shadows are long was just relaxing and perfect especially after the 6 miles total hikes of the day,on the way we saw a herd of elks from a distance.

Jasper AR area

What a great day…now shower,dinner ,blogging and getting ready for tomorrows adventure.

2 comments:

John and Carol said...

You are certainly determined to find the greatest places and views. Thanks for sharing.

Jim and Sandie said...

I wonder if they want to keep these places secret in order to preserve them better. But thank goodness for your determination. That waterfall through the hole was incredible. Of course. But that picture of you guys surrounded by all the green - I must say that was awesome.