3/21/2015 - Cub Hollow Polyfoss - Many, many waterfalls
GPS Coordinates: (Latitude, Longitude, Elevation)Parking: 35.80240, -93.12701
Fuzzy Cub Falls: 35.80241, -93.13214, 1695 ft
Pappa Cub Falls: 35.80505, -93.13346, 1664 ft
Baby Cub Falls: 35.80384, -93.13317, 1668 ft
Twin Cub Falls: 35.80368, -93.13541, 1702 ft
Roly-Poly Cub Falls: 35.79823, -93.13654, 1396 ft
Momma Cub Falls: 35.79363, -93.13011, 1657 ft
Harper Falls: 35.80359, -93.13402, 1578 ft
Unnamed Falls #1: 35.80020, -93.13421, 1476 ft
Unnamed Falls #2: 35.79962, -93.13456, 1443 ft
Bluffline break below Boomer's Cub Falls: 35.79869, -93.13482, 1483 ft
Boomer's Cub Falls: 35.79955, -93.13437, 1443 ft
Unnamed Falls #3: 35.79275, -93.13495, 1329 ft
Bluffline break w/ stone step-up: 35.79401, -93.13045, 1656 ft
Pet friendly: Iffy. OK for pets off leash, pets on leash would be extremely difficult due to the amount of undergrowth and rough terrain. Boomer had some difficulty making some of the climbs and drops I did. I also had to find a new break through the bluffline west of Momma Cub Falls as he could not make it up the step-up.
Motorcycle friendly: Yes. Just pull off Hwy 7 and park.
GPS files (.gpx format) - Map with this track is at bottom of this post:
Cub Hollow GPS Track
|Twin Cub Falls - with Boomer, the Mountain Dog|
|Cub Hollow Parking|
In Tim Ernst's book, Arkansas Waterfalls, there are some spectacular photos of some of the larger waterfalls in this hollow. The big ones are all on tributary creeks, not the main creek in Cub Hollow. Therefore, it is always best to see these in really wet weather conditions, after some significant rain. We had some of that 'significant' rain a week ago, and the creeks were still running well. The large waterfalls on the smaller side creeks no doubt looked much better last weekend, but today they were still nice.
|Cub Hollow Creek|
|Boomer's Cub Falls|
|Pappa Cub Falls|
|Baby Cub Falls|
|Twin Cub Falls|
|Unnamed Falls #1|
|Unnamed Falls #2|
|Below Boomer's Cub Falls|
|Boomer's Cub Falls|
We went back upstream to the base of Boomer's Cub Falls, and I'll have to say it was worth all the hassle to get to it. This is a beautiful waterfall with water sliding off a rock lip and falling about 10 feet to one side of the creek bed, then tumbling on downstream from there. You can see Unnamed Falls #2 right above it. After snapping some photos at Boomer's Cub Falls and taking a break, we hydrated before heading downstream. The water in these creeks is crystal clear and the best tasting water you will find anywhere.
|Momma Cub Falls|
As rugged as this terrain, you sometimes see traces of pioneer life from a century or more ago. At the juncture with Cub Creek on the the left, look behind the small waterfall where Cub Creek runs into Cub Hollow Creek and you will see the remnants of an old stone wall. Settlers in the early 1800's used what they had on hand, and what they had here was a lot of rocks. You see rock walls built as fences back in some of the most remote wilderness in the Ozarks.
|Unnamed Falls #3|
|Momma Cub Falls - with Boomer|
|Boomer-friendly bluffline break|
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. If you explore down along the creek itself as we did today, you frequently have to climb back up on the bluff. That repeated climbing will eventually take it's toll on even the most experienced hikers. Because of the undergrowth, I would recommend only hiking this in the Winter. Also, to get the full scenic impact of the taller waterfalls in the side creeks, I would recommend going to Cub Hollow during very wet times.
|GPS Track - Cub Hollow|