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Mulberry Valley Falls

To reach this great waterfall area: There are several ways to get to this area. You can come in from Forest Service Road 1504 off of Highway 215 (from Cass or Oark/Hwy 103). The turnoff for FS 1504 is about 1.12 miles West of Byrds Adventure Center. If we are in flooding conditions you will not be able to cross the Mulberry River. The other option is to come in from Pink Twist Rd (aka CR 88) to the south. You can get on Pink Twist Rd several different ways including off of Hwy 23 using Barnes Rd, off of Hwy 219, or from Batson. Regardless of how you get there you want to make your way to a T intersection on Pink Twist Rd - located at 35 38.975'N, 93 43.904'W. You take the rd to the east which is still Pink Twist Rd. You stay on this road all the way to the bottom. There will be one primary looking road that goes off the left (west). Once you pass the last houses you will start to come down off the mountain. The road is a little rough in spots but I take my cars (including a Honda Civic) down there and have never had any problems (even after a rain). Once you get down to the bottom you will have lots of different things to investigate. The field is all forest service except for a small area of private property which is clearly marked on the map. The road that goes through the field is good until you come to the metal barn. At that point people in cars may just want to park and walk since its not far anyway. The road that goes to Shagbark Falls is also ok but most people will not want to go much past the parking area. Otherwise, just look at the map and pictures and explore. There are old homesites/barns along the road to and just past Shagbark Falls as well as many nice spots along the Mulberry River that arent marked on the map. This site is a fairly dark sky site so anyone wanting to shoot star trails, the milky way, etc can easily do that here. The view to the north and especially northeast is among some of the darkest sky in the state (looking NE is towards the city free area of the Upper Buffalo). There is a camping site (non-official) right along the Mulberry River at River View 2 near the metal barn. There is some great fall scenery all throughtout the area. Ill be adding more pictures here soon showing some of the other sights around this area soon. Also, the hikes up to the waterfalls are pretty easy. I would consider them Easy Bushwhacks. The hike up to Mulberry Valley Falls is about .15 miles from the road trace through the field and you go up about 150ft in elevation. Shagbark is about half the distance and more like 100ft or less of elevation change from the rd. There is a nice cascade waterfall directly above Shagbark which can be reached by going around the left side/east of the waterfall. You can also make your way along the bench up there to Mulberry Valley Falls.


Shagbark Falls

35 40.650'N, 93 42.808'W

Mulberry Valley Falls

35 40.610'N, 93 43.168'W

River View 2

35 40.840'N, 93 42.999'W

River View 1

35 40.460'N, 93 42.152'W

River View 1

35 40.460'N, 93 42.152'W

River View 1

35 40.460'N, 93 42.152'W/td>

Mulberry River Overlook

35 40.390'N, 93 42.080'W

Bluff Overlook

35 40.246'N, 93 42.143'W

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