12 Sweet Spring Hikes

12 Sweet Spring Hikes

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Highlights: Elk, waterfalls, river
Where: Buffalo National River near Compton, Arkansas
Deep in the Ozark Mountains, the Buffalo River is flanked by tall, amber-colored bluffs and oak and hickory forest, while the open meadows in the countryside beyond are home to more than 400 Rocky Mountain elk. Most visitors here explore the waterway by canoe, passing through occasional rapids and long meandering pools in the company of Great Blue herons. But in spring, hikers can trek 3.8 steep miles from Compton to spot the seasonal Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls, one of the tallest wet-weather cascades in the Midwest, at 204 feet high.