Hike to Punchbowl Falls

Richland Creek Campground - Search Nearby - Added by David Cox

One of the most beautiful places in Arkansas people rarely know about. If you consider yourself a gear head, I highly suggest this hike. Every time I go I have yet to see anybody, which is relaxing. One of the drawbacks to this hike is that it drains your body, but it is worth it in the end! Go relax outdoors! Peace & Blessings!

Go in the early Fall or late Spring! You start off on the Ozark Highland Trail. As you start walking along the trail you can see where people have slept the night before. Camping is acceptable out here, you do not have to pay, but the downside is that the closest town is about an hour away so if you have an emergency you are on your own.

The trail has white strips on the trees so if you get off track you can easily get back on the trail. You walk on a ridge for about 1.3 miles staying on the Ozark Highland Trail. This is when it gets difficult - once you start turning around the ridge you will keep going for a half mile then veer off the trail and down the first ridge through brush, thickets, and thorns. After you get down the first hill you end up on a logging road,at which point you have only half mile left. Keep on walking down the hill through all the brush.

Once you see the creek you should see the waterfall. The waterfall is covered with bluffs for about 100 yards so getting inside the Punchbowl is a difficult task.

Distance

4 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

-600 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Hiking

Waterfall
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

Nearby Lodging

Branson KOA

Branson, Missouri

Eureka Springs KOA

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Little Rock North / Jct. I-40 KOA

North Little Rock, Arkansas

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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RIP Hal Smith 01/30/2016

My daughters father fell here a year ago. He didn't fall but about 10 feet but it was enough. Please be careful when your out here. He passed away while a sweet 13 year old girl held his hand and waited for her mother and EMS to come. We believe he died from a head injury... It was a long hike back out of here for help... Enjoy Nature... but respect it and always leave it the way you found it...

Complications

So this trail was pretty easy to follow on the way in but got substantially more complicated on the way out because there was a massive football field-sized mudslide that took out the trail and surrounding area. I think the trail is closed at this point because there was a lot of trouble with the mudslide.

On the List

Good job on this post! I have never heard about this waterfall but plan to check it out! Looks like a nice area.

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