Hike to Twin Falls in the Richland Creek Wilderness Area

5 miles 200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jim Bellings

Spend the night at Richland Creek Campground then wake up the next morning and follow Richland Creek back to Twin Falls in Ozark National Forest.

This hike begins at Richland Creek Campground. There's a trace trail that begins from the lowest walk-in campsites and continues along Richland Creek as you head back towards the waterfall. Parking and trailhead coordinates are 35.79839, -92.95774.

It's not quite a bushwhack, but it's still a pretty tough hike. It's slippery when wet and slipper when dry. One slip on the steep canyon walls could create an emergency situation quickly. So let others know where you are in case bad things happen. That being said......

You'll first cross Falling Water Creek. Be prepared to get wet. There's no rock hopping across this creek. Keep Richland Creek to your right (stay on the left side) and you'll find the trail. It's easier to see in the winter or early spring.

The next creek crossing is Richland Creek (you'll get wet again). At this point Richland Creek continues upstream and is to your left and intersects Long Devils Fork Creek to your right. Continue west following Long Devils Fork for a short distance and you'll find Twin Falls. Coordinates for the waterfall are 35.80594, -92.96412.

I've been to this area 3 times now and there's plenty to visit in this area including the Sandstone Castles, Richland Falls, Falling Water Falls, Six Finger Falls, Fuzzy Butt Falls, and the list goes on and on.

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We just spent six days here, five of which we camped at the top of Twin Falls. Then we hiked up to Sandstone Castles. So much to explore here. My only complaint is it can be hard to stay on the trail. At times, it seems to disappear on you.

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