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The Glory Hole

Newton County, Arkansas 72854 USA

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“truly unique 31' underground waterfall”

This has to be the one of the most unique waterfalls in all the Ozarks. Dismal Creek has literally drilled a hole right through an overhanging bluff. Most times of the year, it is nothing more than a trickle, but after some good rain, this is something spectacular. It is also quite a sight in the winter when the waterfall becomes frozen! This waterfall is located in the Ozark National Forest, between Fallsville and Edwards Junction, south of Boxley Valley. To get to the parking spot, travel East out of Fallsville on AR Hwy 16/21 for 5.7 miles. You will pass a large red barn that has a big, white "E" painted on the side of it. Go ½ mile past this barn, and you will see a pull off on the Right side of the road, opposite from a house up on a hill. (If you have come to the Cassville Baptist Church, you've gone 0.7 miles too far.) You can also get here from Edwards Junction, by traveling West on AR Hwy 16/21 for 2.3 miles, which would make it 0.7 miles past the Cassville Baptist Church. Then, you will Turn Left across from the house up on the hill. Park along this Jeep road near the highway, there is room for only two or three vehicles at the most. (If you have a 4wd, you can drive another ¼ mile down this road and park.) From the highway, hike along this Jeep road, and Turn Right at the bulletin board. There will be a smaller old roadbed that heads down the hill. It gets a little steep as it curves back to the right, then crosses the main stream at the bottom. This is Dismal Creek, and is what feeds the waterfall. The old road swings back left and heads downhill some more, eventually turning narrower into more or less of a trail, before coming to the top of the bluffline. Here, you will see where the creek has drilled through the rock. Over on the right, there is a way to make it to the bottom, but it is a little steep and can be very slick in places. Use caution.

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Reviewed by
connie.toombs

  • 1 Review
  • 7 Helpful
January 02, 2014

This natural attraction is remarkable. The hike down to the site is easy but the hike back up will get your heart pumping. If you love hiking in woods with little civilization nearby this is the trip for you.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kriarnold

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
January 06, 2014

I have been here more times than I can count. My family and I alway come to this place every year. 16 years for me so far, I just keep counting!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
CatWhiteman

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 03, 2015
Rated 4.0

The hole itself is amazing, but the hike to and from it is very long and confusing. Some signs are hard to find, but don't stray away from the path. This is great for nature lovers and a great photo op. Wouldn't recommend to people with small children

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
christina.stone.58

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
March 14, 2014

The connection for directions in this app does not lead to the correct location. This natural attraction was beautifully amazing. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
juswas

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

Very worth the hike. Ours was in the morning and weather was great. Very unique hike and thoroughly enjoyed. Hike is easy down but could be difficult for some to go back up. Initial trail is a road that ends up to a very basic trail. The directions in the official review are still good except for there is no bulletin board at the first right turn, just take the road to the right when you first can.

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SteveandJaimeroadtrip

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  • 52 Reviews
  • 59 Helpful
April 02, 2016
Rated 5.0

Awesome easy going hike. Recommend bring a blanket and snacks and staying a while!

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Reviewed by
jonjolly

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 06, 2016
Rated 4.0

pretty easy hike down since its all downhill, hiking back up kinda sucks as it has its steep points Be careful around the hole itself as there have been people that have fallen and have gotten seriously injured in the past.

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Reviewed by
cammy.nelson.1

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 16, 2014

this a beautiful spot. the best time to go is in the Spring I feel, as you tend to have more water rushing through the hole. it is a bit of a hike back but well worth it. parking is limited and hard to find but you can park along to road.

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