Exactly twelve miles from the hollow (by road) in the McIlroy-Madison County Wildlife Management Area is the unique Tea Kettle Falls. Besides being rather high, the waterfall flows through a sizeable hole worn through the limestone bluff.
These two photographs are courtesy of Barbara Mourglia of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Tea Kettle Falls drains Kettle Hollow and then flows into Warm Fork Creek, which then flows into Rockhouse Creek and the Kings River.
This north side of Warm Fork Creek is a long line of massive bluffs offering beautiful views.
This Bing Bird’s Eye View shows the area’s terrain.
This 30+ year old tire is usually the reliable sort…
Woke up to a little bit of snow on the ground this morning – first of the season. Not enough to worry about except for where it melted, refroze and caused traffic accidents on area roads. Ice is ice and causes more problems in the Ozarks than snow normally does.
When I attended college in the Arkansas River Valley just south of the Ozark hills, it taught me how one’s view of weather is so relative. Russellville, Arkansas has a much milder winter than we do here in the north Arkansas Ozarks. Before attending college, I had just moved back from Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany so the mild winters seemed even milder still. But one day while crossing the Arkansas Tech University campus in the spitting snow, I heard a Texan say, “When I moved to ATU, I didn’t know I was moving to the Arctic.” I had an uncle from Mississippi that said north Arkansas was the coldest place on earth. And so it goes. Retirees from Omaha, Nebraska laugh at our snowfalls, while denizens of Sault Ste Marie winter in Nebraska for the pleasant weather. Sault Ste Marie can receive 17 feet of snow in a single winter.