Alum Cove Trail
Alum Cove Trail & Natural Bridge
Length: 1 1/10 Miles
Time: ¾ hours
Location: 15 miles south of Jasper on Hwy 7, then west 1 mile on Hwy 16, then Northwest on Hwy 327 for 1 mile
The trail leads down to one of the largest natural bridges in this part of the country. It is in a beautiful little valley enclosed by a rugged bluff line. The natural bridge is carved from solid rock by a small creek and spans over 130 feet. The trail goes across the natural bridge and then loops back underneath. It loops through the valley, across a small creek to a long bluff line, and back through the valley to the natural bridge. There are large cave-like rooms to explore, and smaller natural bridges which are weathered out of the sandstone bluff. The valley contains a large variety of wildflowers and trees including Dogwood, Redbud, Umbrella Magnolia, and Beech. From the natural bridge, you retrace your steps to the trailhead. This section is steep, so take your time climbing out.
The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
For Information: Buffalo Ranger District, P.O. Box 427, Jasper, AR, 72641, (870) 446-5122 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark