Hidden waterfalls of the Ozarks: Glory Hole

Iffy name, gorgeous sight.  

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Off nearly every scenic highway and river running through the vast Ozark region are some of the most stunning hidden waterfalls. These falls can be easily missed, mostly because they are a quick hike off the main path. 

One tiny little sign nailed to a tree reading "Glory Hole" quickly passed in my peripheral, as we drove down Arkansas highway 21. 

Without hesistation I shouted: "turn around! There's a waterfall back there!"  

Prepared with water shoes and backpacks, we crossed numerous streams and stair stepped down many rocky declines (making the trip back up a nightmare). 

When we finally saw where the water began to funnel into a dark hole of nothing, I knew we had made it. The rocky hole in the ground was so slick, one fall would have been a long and wet one, into the sharp cave below. That cave is what we wanted to find. 

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A couple more big jumps off large mossy rocks, and we were there. Thankfully in one piece and with no twisted ankles. 

The cave spread the width of my eyesight and dead center of it all, the water we saw running to "a dark hole of nothing" was shooting freezing cold water onto the floor of the cave. 

After a moment of silence, I couldn't help but screech, "we did it!"  

I got close enough to allow the icy water to take away any sweat off my face and legs, as I was truly mesmerized by the beauty of this tucked away creation. 

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Yes,  

Erika