The spectacular waterfalls that come to full life in the spring and winter in the Arkansas Ozarks are worth seeking out in their wilderness homes. Come capture the beauty of these mountain waterfalls in your memory or on film, and enjoy the adventure of hiking or riding to get to them. Directions to some of these dramatically beautiful falls in the Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region are provided below.
Considered perhaps the most picturesque falls in the state, Twin Falls is featured throughout our site. A rugged hike is the price paid to see them, but well worth it.
Falling Water Falls is probably the easiest waterfall in the Arkansas Ozarks to find. It’s located in south Newton County in the Richland Creek area, not far from Twin Falls.
A visit to the Lost Valley falls begins just off Hwy. 43 between Boxley and Ponca at the Lost Valley Campground. Eden Falls and a magnificent 35-foot underground waterfall make the hike to their location a very rewarding one.
The tallest waterfall in Arkansas, this 220-foot cascade on the Buffalo National River is located between Steel Creek and Kyles Landing. Not accessible by car, the falls can be reached by canoe or on foot.
Tips for Photographing Waterfalls
- Use a single-lens reflex camera
- A slow shutter speed should be used. A soft streaming effect, common in professional waterfall photography, can be achieved with a shutter speed of 1/8 second or slower
- Use a tripod. A cable release for the shutter will also prevent any unnecessary shaking of the camera as it takes the photograph
- Good, low ISO (spped) film is recommended. An Iso of 100 or lower can be used in many light conditions and will allow you to take photographs with a shutter speed of 1/8 second or slower. This low ISO will provide fine grain in your pictures, allowing for higher quality enlargements. For slower spped film, ISO 50 slide film.
- Overcast skies the worse the weather the better the pictures. The sun will give your pictures an extra spark but will also make it harder to get a slow shutter speed because of the extra light.
- The white water in a waterfall can cause your camera's light meter to register a value that will make the water look gray rather than white. So, overexpose a stop or two or take pictures at several different exposure settings. This also helps when including people in the photograph.
- Use of a polarizing and/or warming filter will eliminate a lot of the glare on the rocks in the waterfall, creating a more attractive picture. A warming filter will also eliminate the blush tint water can take in lower light conditions.
- Don't waste shots on very low volume waterfalls or shots with a great deal of surrounding terrain. Avoid shots between noon and 2 o'clock on a sunny day when the sun is directly overhead. In the first two instances, the waterfall will look overshadowed by surrounding terrain. It's a good idea not to take a picture if you can't fill 30% to 40% of the frame with water. The sunny day, high noon shot will almost always result in a bad picture. Wait until the waterfall is in complete shade.