Rainy-day makes bridge shine

Rocky Ozark gems unfold on trek through national forest

Posted: January 30, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Crevice caves appear frequently along a bluff line at Alum Cove Natural Bridge scenic area. Keyhole caves that go back maybe 10 feet are also plentiful.

Crevice caves appear frequently along a bluff line at Alum Cove Natural Bridge scenic area. Keyhole caves that go back maybe 10 feet are also plentiful.

A hike to see the natural bridge at Alum Cove is always a treat. Steady, cold rain made this trek truly special.

Trails close by

More trails await hikers not far from Alum Cove Natural Bridge. Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area is about 30 minutes south. Follow Arkansas 16 east to Arkansas 7. Go south on Arkansas 7 and go east on Arkansas 16 again. The trailhead is six miles on the right. Round Top Mountain trail is about 12 miles north, near Jasper. Follow Arkansas 16 east. Go north on Arkansas 7. Look for signs to the trail about three miles south of Jasper.

Source: Staff report

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