Twin Falls of Richland—Remote but Beautiful

creek-crossing-arkansas-by- maureen lunnThere are hundreds of beautiful waterfalls in Arkansas but one that has gained national recognition is Twin Falls in the Ozark National Forest’s Richland Creek Wilderness. Made of two different waterfalls, Big Devil’s Fork and Long Devil’s Fork, the Twin Falls merge these two creeks together to form a beautiful swimming hole. One fall is around 17 feet tall and the other is around 19 feet, making for a breathtaking, tall fall in Arkansas. It’s a great place to swim on a warm day in the gleaming pool below the falls. Be warned — it’s not easy going to get to it but it’s well worth the rewards.

Tim Ernst’s Arkansas Waterfall Guidebooks explain that the best way to get the falls is by the Hill Cemetery because most of the hike is along old roads and the other alternative is through a water crossing. However, the roads are no longer being maintained and aren’t easy to access anymore. They require an offloading vehicle and a skilled driver to handle and are quite overgrown in parts. The best way to reach the Twin Falls now is by going through the Richland Creek Campground on Forest Road 1205.

Once you get the to Campground, park your vehicle and head to the back where there’s a sign-in sheet at the trail head. Sign-in and grab your gear to head out towards the falls. Be ready to get wet! Follow the trail to the creek crossing at Falling Water Creek. During high water times (which are the best times to visit a falls), you’ll probably get wet crossing. Continue on the trail to the next creek, Richland Creek. The trail generally follows alongside this creek with some steep inclines and declines. Since it’s not an established route it can be difficult to find at first and easy to lose, but just stick to the well-treaded path and you’ll find the falls. When the creek turns abruptly, you’re close.

You’ll find a campsite at the turn too. Go to the smaller Richland Falls first by continuing along the path and taking the left fork on the trail and enjoy a nice break before going in search of the more impressive Twin Falls. Cross to the north side of the creek and look for the trail that goes up the hill. Follow this for a short jaunt and you’ll find the Twin Falls! Enjoy, frolic in the water, and then head back the way you came.

Pro tips: During warm months there is a good deal of poison ivy and poison oak along the path so wear zip-off pants for protection and for easy water crossings. Be sure to wear swim trunks or a bathing suit and bring a towel too because you won’t be able to resist a dip below the falls!

For two detailed posts about how to get to the Falls areas, check out this post and this post.

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