My original post about hiking Lost Valley Trail in the Buffalo National River area continues to be our most popular post about hikes in Arkansas.
On our first trip to Lost Valley, we went in the middle of summer. A copperhead greeted us on the trail. On our return trip this fall, we spotted a tarantula!
Tarantulas in arkansas
“Texas brown tarantulas, the only species found in the state, live in dry, upland areas like the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains” according to Kristen Bartlow, watchable wildlife coordinator with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (article from Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
But don’t let spiders or snakes keep you away.
There is a lot to love about this hike including caves, bluffs, and waterfalls.
The trail is 2.4 miles round trip with countless rocks and trees to explore.
On the day of our hike the water was low, so the rocks were less slippery (and the waterfalls were less spectacular).
Eden Falls Cave was closed due to COVID-19 precautions.
But overall, this hike remains one of the best hikes we’ve gone on in Arkansas!
elk in arkansas
Another highlight of this autumn trip was spotting elk near Ponca, right down the road from the Lost Valley trail head.
“Fall is especially a great time to elk watch as the bulls go into mating season form, bugling and battling for herd domination right before your eyes!” according to buffaloriver.com.
To top off our adventure, we ordered a round of cinnamon rolls to-go from the popular Ozark Cafe in nearby Jasper, Arkansas. This was a delicious decision.