Mill Creek Spillway
Today I set out to hunt down Marble Falls. Marble Falls is listed on many websites as a “drive by” falls that can be viewed from Highway 7 near Jasper, AR.
If you believe those websites I think you will be highly disappointed. The guides I found online tell you that there is a place to pull off of Highway 7 and an overlook of the falls. On the opposite side of the highway there is a historical marker that commemorates the use of marble from Arkansas in the Washington Monument.
Below is a photo of the sign:
However, when you cross the highway the view of the falls is less than spectacular. There is no way to get close to the falls that I could find. (If anyone knows of a way please leave it in the comments section.) The view of the falls is blocked by trees, and it appears to be about a 1/4 mile from the road. You won’t get a selfie for Instagram with these falls.
However, since I missed the marker the first time I drove by I went several miles further down Highway 7 and was delighted to find other interesting things that made the drive not a total waste of time.
If you are coming out of Harrison, AR there is a road to the left that leads down to the Buffalo River. This is just before an old iron bridge over the river. *Update- they are building a new bridge over the river so make the turn just as you enter the construction zone.
When I made the turn onto the road immediately to my left was another road leading down to a spillway. Due to the recent rains the water was running well. I definitely wanted to stop and get some photos of that. These are below:
Once you have finished observing the spillway you should continue down the road for a short distance. You will arrive at the parking area for the access to the Buffalo River. The Buffalo River is famous for its natural beauty and used recreationally for canoeing and float trips. Below is a photo of the river:
While I was there I saw several trailers loaded with canoes and kayaks setting off on float trips. There were also a number of fishermen trying to land a smallmouth bass from the river.
The parking area has restrooms and plenty of parking spaces. If you follow the road around the circle you will come to the trailhead for the Mill Creek Trail.
The hiking trail along mill creek has been washed out by high water, as you can see from the photo below.
The trail is washed out along the creek from all the rain that has been falling in the area this spring. Since the woods along the creek were fairly grown up, and I hadn’t planned for this I decided to turn back at this point. However, from this vantage
Even though the trail is washed out the short walk to the creek offers some interesting sights. The photo below is just one of the plants observed on my walk on the trail.
So in conclusion, I would say that the trip wasn’t a total waste of time. I was able to find some other interesting sights even though Marble Falls was disappointing.
This is our goal in bringing you this website. We really want to give you the real story and actually visit and report on the places you might see listed on websites to visit. We will actually go there and bring you the real story of what you can see, not what the tourist trap websites want you to read.
Until our next post from the Ozarks, get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.