Bowers Hollow Falls is located in the upper Buffalo River Wilderness. I can say that although we spotted several cars on the way in we had the whole trail to ourselves. Let me just say that this is one of the most strikingly beautiful waterfalls we have visited. It is listed as 56′ tall, but it seems taller when you are looking down from the bluffs surrounding the falls.
We set out at around 8 am on a cold morning in January 2021 to drive down to the trailhead. We came in from the north and used Highway 43 from Harrison to Ponca and the Lost Valley Area. If traveling from the north when you reach the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 21 turn left and travel about 1.2 miles and turn right on Cave Mountain Road (County Road 5) at the Hawksbill Crag sign just before you cross the Buffalo River Bridge.
This road is very steep and rough. It can be very slick in wet weather also. It took us 45 minutes to travel a little less than 10 miles to the trailhead. At around the 8.6 mile mark you will see FR-1410 to the left. Stay on FR-1410 for a little over 1.5 miles. On your left you will see FR-1410B. If you don’t have a 4WD be sure and park here. This also adds about a mile to your hike. However, going past here without a 4WD IS NOT a good idea. The road is rough and muddy and could easily get you stuck without a high profile vehicle.
At the T in the road there are a couple of parking spots. There was one truck there when we arrived, so we were able to park there. However, you can drive a short distance to the right at the T and park at Kapark Cemetery. We didn’t make it down there this time, but we plan to return when the days get a little longer and try to get to the other two falls here. They are Smith Falls and McClure Falls.
After marking the Jeep location in my GPS we started our hike down the trail. This is not a well-worn trail, but it wasn’t a complete bushwhack either. I do recommend a GPS with the coordinates to the falls if you decide to try this one. The GPS coordinates of Bowers Hollow Falls are N 35° 51′ 26.427” W 93° 25′ 47.15”. Note that these coordinates will take you to the top of the falls.
To get below the falls you can walk about a 1/4 mile along the top of the bluff line, and you will find a break in the bluff line where you can get down fairly easily. Then you can make your way back below the falls. We found that staying close to the bluffs is the easiest route to get below the falls.
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Please be aware that this is one of the few places that Google Maps gets wrong. You can see the actual location if you put in the GPS coordinates from above. You will see it on the map if you look up and to the right from the pin. Look for a blue-green pool in the valley along the creek running west to east.
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VH26+JJ Deer, Arkansas
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