To say I love hiking would be an understatement. I need to hike and here in Arkansas, it’s hard to beat the hike to the Glory Hole Waterfall.
I remember being a kid running around in our back woods in Northern California building forts, exploring trails and splashing through the creeks pretending to be a great explorer finding new lands or gold..mostly gold. Ok, I was actually 22 but…anyways.
I’m 40 something now, still the same but without the pretending part.
Now I’m settled in Arkansas and one of my many goals is to explore all the great trails and waterfalls that The Natural State has to offer and “The Glory Hole” is one of my all time favorites!
It’s hard to describe just how beautiful this waterfall is not to mention all the other waterfalls along the mile long hike.
Here are a few of the other waterfalls I mentioned for your viewing pleasure.
Pretty nice right..and this is only a few of them!
How Do I Get There?
One of the many questions I have been asked since I went on this hike is, “How do I get there” so I’m gonna break it down for you right now because I’m good like that and I’m here for you.
If you’re geographically challenged, don’t worry.
It’s super easy!
Driving up from the south, I headed north out of Clarksville, Ar on Hwy 21 for about 30 miles… at Fallsville, you need to stay right onto Hwy 16 towards Boxley Valley.
Go about 5.7 miles until you see a big red barn on the left with a giant E on the side of it. If you miss this, you might as well just turn around and go home because I can’t help you.
Once you pass the big red “E” barn, go another half a mile and you will see the shoulder parking on the right just across the road from an old abandoned house. This is the parking for the Glory Hole trail head!
You see anything missing in my truck parking photo? I’ll give you hint..It’s other vehicles because I was the only one there! Don’t be jealous. I’m kind of an early bird, it’s who I am.
Ok.. so the other easy way to find this trail head is by simply typing it in on your Google Maps and following the directions. My google maps took me right to it no problem at all. Just don’t ask Siri to show you how to get to the Glory Hole. Trust Me. Don’t do it.
Now that you’re parked, you want to look for the Glory Hole Trail sign. It looks a lot like this…
Now all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the hike. Don’t be worried, It’s only a mile.
We won’t worry about the coming back uphill part because that would ruin the mood we have going.
Remember when I said I was an early bird? Yeah, I got up at 4am..don’t judge me.
Because…I wanted to catch the sun peaking up over the Ozark mountains and through the trees as I was starting my early hike that morning.
Let’s get back to the hike.
When you get to a fork in the trail, stay right and follow on down the hill until you get to the first creek crossing. Look for the broken log across the creek that looks a lot like this one. Ok..this is actually the exact log I’m referring to.
If you are looking for some added excitement on your hike, go ahead and walk out on the log and jump up and down to see if you can finish the break. Good Luck. Make sure and have a friend video this.
Also, look left down the creek and you will see a short spur trail leading to this waterfall. I’m not sure what the name of this waterfall is so I just named it after myself..problem solved.
On my first trip to the Glory Hole waterfall, this is where I realized my camera battery was about to die and I forgot to bring another one. Rookie mistake I know. Insert eyroll emoji.
At this point, you can either climb back up to the main trail or just hike along the creek until you come across a large area of flat rock smoothed over by years of erosion and just a little ways down the creek, you will see where the water goes shooting down the Glory Hole. You made it.
But..be extremely careful in this area because it is very dangerous. Keep small children and dogs away.
Once you have checked out the top side of the Glory Hole Waterfall, you are going to hike around to the right, crossing over another creek and following the trail around to the left until you see the Glory Hole Waterfall in all of its glorious Glory! See what I did there?
Don’t forget to crawl around to the back side of the Glory Hole Waterfall and check out the view from behind.
Pretty cool right?
If you follow around to the left, you will find a huge boulder field with lots of dangerous rocks to climb on… and this tree.
I couldn’t find my name on it so I just claimed Issac for the day. Sometimes, I still go by Issac just for self entertainment. Like when the hostess asks for my name at the restaurant and I say Issac instead of Jess. Don’t ask. Sorry
This wraps up the how to get there and all the cool waterfalls to see along the way but I wanted to include a few helpful tips for your hiking enjoyment.
Helpful Hiking Tips
- Wear good shoes or boots, no flip flops.
- Bring water and a snack.
- Bring a camera.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the time of year, you can always layer down.
- Pack out what you bring in…Leave no trace.
- Take your time and give yourself at least 3 hours for a round trip.
- Let faster hikers pass, stay to the right.
- Be careful on slick rocks!
- Bring a cool person with you that will help carry all your stuff.
- Instagram and Facebook all your photos so your friends will be jealous.
Oh yeah.. one more thing, did I mention this hike is great for kids?
I mean..It was great for my kids. My youngest is six years old and she did fine hiking down and back but she’s kind of boss so use your best judgement when hiking with your own kids!
I really hope you check out the Glory Hole Waterfall when you can because I would love to hear about it and if you ever have any questions, or have a suggestion on where I should go to next, just send me a message!
Thanks for reading and stop back by when you get a chance so we can be friends!