The areas above and below the Glory Hole are also super, with
several smaller falls and cascades and some awesome bluffs and huge boulders.
DIRECTIONS: It's a 30 minute/one mile walk along a dirt road from the pull-off area to the falls, all inside the Ozark National Forest. Take Hwy 16/21 east out of Fallsville for 5.7 miles. You will pass a red barn on the left that has a large white "E" on the side of it. Go 1/2 mile past the barn and pull over and park ( N 35 49.708 W093 23.426 ) across the road from the house that is up on the hill on the left. This pull-off is also 2.3 miles west of the 16/21 junction at Edwards Junction. The walk begins as a jeep road that heads downhill into the woods and to the left. This road is not marked or signed. About a 1/3 of a mile down the road, there is a standard forest service bulletin board at a spot where the road forks ( N 35 49.486 W093 23.289 ). Take the road to the right and it will eventually cross the creek that makes the Glory Hole. The road turns into a foot trail that runs on the right side of the creek. Near the Glory Hole is a wet, fragile glade. (Please try to go around the glade to avoid damaging it.)
Plan your trip for a time when you think the falls will actually be running. During the "wet season" of late fall to early summer the creek should be running most of the time. But June through October it usually takes a big rain for the creek to run much, and then not for long.
The cache is a gallon rubbermaid jar, covered with cammo tape. The jar's mouth is only 4 inches wide. The original contents were: log book, emergency blanket, hand warmers, light-up pen, 2001 NBA ticket, rooster tail lure, bic lighters, crayons and mini coloring books, Crawford County millennium coin, silly putty.
UPDATE 6/9/03 - We have revised the coordinates to the figures posted by the last few finders. The original coordinates were 35 49.366, 93 23.612.
UPDATE 9/1/03 - We have revised the terrain difficulty rating from a 2 to a 3.5. The path to the Glory Hole has got a slope to it that can definitely take it's toll by the end of the 2-mile trek.
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