2/18/2014 - Hike to Cub Hollow major waterfalls
GPS Coordinates:Parking: 35.80240, -93.12701
Fuzzy Cub Falls: 35.80241, -93.13214
Papa Cub Falls: 35.80505, -93.13346
Baby Cub Falls: 35.80384, -93.13317
Twin Cub Falls: 35.80368, -93.13541
Roly-Poly Cub Falls: 35.79823, -93.13654
Mama Cub Falls: 35.79363, -93.13011
Pet friendly: Iffy. OK for pets off leash, pets on leash would be extremely difficult due to the amount of undergrowth and rough terrain.
Motorcycle friendly: Yes. Just pull off Hwy 7 and park.
Cub Hollow is a neat little valley tucked away in the Ozark National Forest that is a polyfoss area. That is, there are a number of waterfalls in a relatively small area. Some of the waterfalls are fairly high, thanks to the steep and rough terrain. I didn't name it, but I'm assuming from the name there is a heavy bear population. I didn't see any on this day, but it was the middle of February and we have had extremely cold weather the past two weeks, so I am assuming any bears would still be hibernating.
|Cub Hollow Parking|
|Cub Hollow Creek|
After parking, the first fall in the loop is Fuzzy Cub Falls. It's creek drainage is directly below the parking area. You can go directly west of the parking area to go down this drainage to the falls. This is a 31 foot waterfall, but today there was just a trickle of water so this one was not all that impressive. You will need to find a way below the bluffline to the base of Fuzzy Cub Falls. I climbed down the rock wall to the left of the falls (looking downstream). This may not work well for those more vertically challenged or unwilling to chance a short fall. There are other gaps in the bluffline on the right (north) side.
|Baby Cub Falls|
From Baby Cub Falls, stay on the west side of the creek and follow the bluffline downstream to where the next tributary feeds in from the west. Follow this creek up to almost the top of the bluffline, and that is where you will find Twin Cub Falls, a double falls that runs down the rock face at the top of the bluffline. This is a steep creek, with cascades running the length from the falls to where it feeds into Cub Hollow Creek. I also found a small cave about halfway up to Twin Cub Falls. And no, there was no hibernating bear. Yes, I did look.
|Twin Cub Falls|
|Momma Cub Falls|
From Momma Cub Falls, bushwhack north-northeast back to the parking location. To do this, you will need to get above the bluffline that forms Momma Cub Falls. Follow the rock bluffline to the left of the falls, and it will take you up through a fissure. At the top of the fissure is a rock against the bluff that gives just enough boost to let you climb above the bluffline. From there it is just a bushwhack back through the woods to the parking location.
I would rate this a difficult bushwhack. The terrain is rough and steep over most of the loop you hike, and where there isn't a rock scramble there is a lot of undergrowth to deal with. Because of the undergrowth, I would recommend only hiking this in the Winter. Also, only in wet weather to get the full scenic impact of the waterfalls.