The latest edition of Tim Ernst’s Arkansas waterfall guidebook contains detailed directions to 133 waterfalls in the state. There are quite a few more however that don’t appear in the book for various reasons, which means that there are probably in excess of 140, maybe even 150 waterfalls in the state. I have only visited 12 of the falls in his book and happened to see one that is not published in his book but is located just a few hundred feet upstream from one that is. Having been raised in south Louisiana where the only falling water we ever saw was rain, it’s quite a treat to live so close to so many beautiful falls. Many of Krishelle and my early dates were to some of these falls and to other scenic locations along the Buffalo River in northwest Arkansas. I even proposed to her at what happens to be one of our favorite spots in the state, Triple Falls.
I’m not sure if the falls pictured here have an official name – they are located about ¼ of a mile downstream from Long Pool Falls, so I guess we could call them Lower Long Pool Falls. They are about 8 or 10 feet in height and are located about a half a mile or so up from Big Piney Creek. This is a beautiful and wonderfully scenic area.
When I was shooting this, I was thinking to myself, I am literally ripping this off of Zack Andrews who made an incredible image here about a week or so before I did, so check out his shot and the rest of his stream. For a good view of the main falls, check out Matt Kennedy’s shot – I didn’t manage any keepers of it.
Note to parents with toddlers: since I have a toddler, I am always curious as to how toddler-friendly a lot of places are, because I love dragging my kids out into the woods. It’s good for them. We took Lexie to Triple Falls when she was 2 or so and I wouldn’t be surprised if the memory of not just seeing, but walking right down to the base of those 40 foot falls and feeling the spray of the falling water, sticks with her for the rest of her life. Before she was born, Krishelle and I would take Natalie and Brandon there and to other places as well. They might have fought like cats and dogs on the drive up, but as soon as we turned off the main road and started getting into the real scenic areas, their mood instantly changed. It’s amazing. Anyway, this spot is definitely not toddler-friendly. It is strewn with rocks and boulders, and it’s literally impossible to find a flat place to stand, much less to move around. So unless your toddler enjoys staying put for long periods of time, I would pick another place to visit with them. The real danger here is slipping and falling. Repeatedly. I’m not talking falls from high bluff-lines or anything, just falling on un-even rocky terrain.