Monday, June 6, 2011

The Glory Hole

The Glory Hole, Swain Arkansas

The Glory Hole in the Boston Mountains of the Ozark National Forest in Swain Arkansas.
Dismal Creek flows down a steep slope over boulders and smooth-face stone, then suddenly disappears into a perfectly round hole perhaps three feet wide and down through 12 feet of stone, finally emerging from the top of the bluff shelter below.

The total drop is just over 30 feet. The creek exits from the cave and after a short distance merges with another stream cascading down a steep hillside, creating smaller waterfalls and deep pools on down the valley. Moss covers nearly every rock and tree trunk, and ferns accent the places between stones, creating a natural garden of verdant beauty.

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