Pam's Grotto: N35.68330, W93.25539
Parking: N35.67971, W93.25214
Pet friendly: Iffy. OK for pets on or off leash.
Motorcycle friendly: Yes. Parking is right off Highway 123.
This is a nice little waterfall tucked away in a hidden grotto. It is a fairly short
|Pam's Grotto Falls|
It was a bright sunny January day and we were looking for a quick hike to a fascinating area before our guests returned home to Oklahoma and Arizona. Pam's Grotto Falls fits the bill nicely since we only had a couple of hours to kill.
|Parking Across Road From Trailhead|
|Trail Head Location|
view From Behind Falls
The trail zig-zags up the mountain to the base of a cliff-like bluff line. Once you reach this bluff you are about half way there. This is different than most Ozark waterfalls in that you get all the uphill hiking in at the start and get to go downhill on the way back. Once at the bluff, go left and follow the bluff line around to the left for roughly a quarter mile. There is a short decent to the grotto area, which is a fairly large shelter style cave. From this side of the grotto, the waterfall is mostly hidden behind a house size boulder. You have to do a little scrambling over rocks to get to the falls; keep the inside cave wall on your right and you will find a fairly easy way over the rocks along that cave wall. Once you go between the cave wall and the very large boulder it opens up to a large open area with the waterfall right in the middle, flowing into an emerald pool and down to the creek below.
Although the shelter is fairly large, the creek has eroded the top of the rock down to a "V" that the creek flows out of into and the center of the shelter floor. The water falls ~37 feet into the pool below.
|Scott, Rick, and Bethany|
|Tom and Jeannette|
All in all, this was a great hike, great company, and not a bad way to get a little exercise. We also got to show off some beautiful Arkansas wilderness to our out-of-state visitors. While you are in the area, remember that Haw Creek Falls is just a half mile down the road. While not a particularly tall waterfall (6 feet at the highest section), it is always beautiful, even in low water conditions. You can drive right to the Haw Creek Campground which is literally right next to the falls.
|Haw Creek Falls|