Last month, the water was running really well and we took the opportunity to make another trip to the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area to revisit a couple of waterfalls we've previously been to: Magnolia Falls, Woods Boys Falls and Stahl Falls.
You can get directions to the trail head at this post from 2013.
I'll note that while there isn't an official trail to this area, the path to get there is in extremely good shape and a lot of work has been done removing downed trees from the area.
This area remains one of our favorite places -- and the more I get out, the more I've come to appreciate winter hiking. While the days are short, which requires slightly better planning, the sun angles are less severe, the lack of undergrowth makes for easier bushwhacking, no ticks and a surprising amount of color is provided by mossy rocks and beach trees.
We continued down the old jeep road and then doubled back to the bottom of Woods Boys Falls (you can get directions to it here).
One of the primary reasons we made the trip was to go check out Stahl Falls. In Tim Ernst's Arkansas Waterfalls book he recommends following the ridge above Magnolia Falls to get to the top of Stahl Falls. However, we wanted to see Stahl Falls from the bottom.
To get to the base of Stahl Falls, from Woods Boys Falls, cross the creek and follow along the base of the bluffline on the opposite side of the creek as how you arrived. The bluff will curve back around to your left and after about .25 miles you'll get to Stahl Falls.
Stahl Falls is a 63 foot tall waterfall that begins as a cascade down the bluff and then pours off into a small pool below. There are some beautiful mossy rocks down below the falls and this area falls off sharply to the main creek drainage.
I will warn that the entire area from Woods Boys Falls to Stahl Falls is steep and rocky so be VERY careful. I also recommend staying up close to the bluff where it can be a little more flat (and further from the steep drop by the main creek area).
This is a beautiful area and remains one of our favorites in the area with still much to be seen and explored.
Distance: Roughly 2.5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Easy-moderate to Magnolia Falls, Moderate to Difficult to Woods Boys and Stahl Falls
Trail Guide: Tim Ernst's Arkansas Waterfalls
Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots recommended
Star Rating: 5 out of 5