Neil Ellis Photos: The Rugged Beauty Of Triple Falls – Jasper, Arkansas

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Neil writes:

This shot of Twin Falls (which, as one can plainly see, would be more accurately named  Triple Falls) was taken in a light rain during our 3 day trip to Buffalo River country. These falls are within a couple of miles of our cabin near Mount Sherman, Arkansas, halfway between Jasper and Ponca.

Update: These falls are now usually referred to as Triple Falls.   However , only in high water does the third fall appear, thus the original name I learned, Twin Falls is sometimes still used.

Twin Falls is a  70′ high double waterfall located on Richland Creek 0.25 miles upstream from its confluence with Devil’s Fork Creek  in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. (next to last paragraph) offers a thorough set of directions to Twin Falls, ending with this admonition:

These are some of the most picturesque waterfalls in the state but also some of the most difficult to reach. It is considered a difficult trek to reach them.

Richland Creek Wilderness includes this description of the area surrounding Twin Falls.

Limestone is exposed in the bluffs at lower elevations along Richland Creek where many outcrops contain fossils. The Ozark Mountains are actually plateaus, uplifted as a unit with few folds or faults. The ruggedness of these mountains is due to erosion of the plateaus by swift rivers flowing between them.

The narrowed V-shaped valleys are bordered by a combination of steep-sided slopes and vertical sandstone and limestone bluffs over 100 feet high. Ridge tops are primarily a deeply dissected sand stone with shale plateaus being narrow and rolling. Elevations range from 1,000 to 2,200 feet above sea level.

Topography within 1/4 mile on either side of Richland and Long Devil’s Fork Creeks is quite rugged and scenic. Rock bluffs over 100 feet high and extending over a mile along each side of Richland Creek graphically reveal the earth’s development. This Wilderness Area is known for its crystal clear creeks and waterfalls.


Neil Ellis Photos: Neil is great friend who plays a respectable round of golf, identifies unseen birds by their calls, completes the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snaps a heck of a photo. His photos are featured here at and can be found collected at Neil Ellis Photos.


Note: Originally posted Nov 8, 2009 at, a predecessor of

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