Lost Valley Arkansas Trail Waterfalls And Caves
The Lost Valley Arkansas system of trails, waterfalls, and caves make for a unique display. Lost Valley is a very easy location to get to and is surrounded by numerous natural features. Located in the larger Boxley Valley, visitors will likely see Elk from the roadside as they graze near the Buffalo National River. Located near the towns of Ponca and Kingston, visitors can pick up most amenities nearby (during business hours). The entrance does turn to dirt and gravel but cars should have no problem making it to the trailhead. I recommend Lost Valley Year-Round and especially after and during rains.
Lost Valley Trails
Lost Valley Trails are well-taken care of, well-marked, and short in distance. Since Lost Valley is so easy to get to means that crowds will form on most weekends so it’s best to get there in the middle of the week to find any hope for seclusion. The trailhead offers restrooms and covered picnic tables as well as a campsite style grille.
I would recommend Lost Valley for nearly every age and physical level. The hike in is short and level and on crushed limestone. It is not until you get closer to Eden Falls and Eden Cave where the trail becomes more primitive. I would recommend hiking boots or at least ankle supportive shoes as the rock steps can become slick. You can opt for multiple creek crossings so a decent waterproof boot is recommended or at least a backup pair of shoes. For Eden Cave, you will want a headlamp with new batteries and for some folks, gloves, and kneepads. Pictures in the cave are hard to take as you need a waterproof camera and a tripod for long exposure. A flash will only pick up mist in the air. A water bottle and a snack each should suffice for your outing.
Lost Valley Waterfalls
There are several waterfalls around the Lost Valley including one in the Eden Cave. These waterfalls are best seen after a few days of consistent rain. If you make it a day or two after a heavy rain then you might be lucky enough to get clear blue pools.
Lost Valley Cave And Waterfall
At the end of the trail and at the steepest part, you will come to the mouth of the Eden Cave. Located in the back of the cave is the waterfall that also flows through the cave. You will want a decent headlight with fresh batteries and be prepared to get some mud and water on you. As you make your way into the cave you will feel the breeze of mist filled air from the waterfall. The eviler the low growl heard from the rear of the cave, the better. It can be intimidating for some, but it is not as bad as you think. The cave will get narrower and you will not be able to stand. Once you reach the back of the cave it opens up into a 20-30ft tall ballroom with a waterfall near the center. It is a short cave crawl and most sizes of people can fit. Just make sure no one is severely claustrophobic and you should have a great time. (Pictures do it no justice).