Alum Cove Natural Bridge Geological Area
Outstanding among the many natural features of the Ozark Natural Forest is the huge stone arch that forms a natural bridge at Alum Cove National Recreation Trail. The natural arch is all that remains of what was a quartz sandstone cave. The arch is 130 feet long and 20 feet wide. The weathering process of wind, rain and ice formed the opening between the arch and the rock overhang.
The Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area and trail is designed primarily for visitors to be close to nature.
Exercise caution while hiking along the bluff line. Early settlers reportedly used this arch to move their wagons and livestock across the streambed during wet weather. Water and wind also shaped other interesting rock formations along the bluff line across the cove, including the cave (or "rooms" as they are often called) or overhangs. Native Americans used these rock overhangs for shelter while on extended hunting trips. At one time, free-roaming goats inhabited the caves, giving the formations the local name, "goat houses."
No trash services available. Pack it in, pack it out. The pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||No trash services available. Pack it in, pack it out. Pavilion available on a first-come, first-served basis. Link to news release.|
|Open Season:||Open Year-round|
|Restrictions:||Camping not permitted.|
|Water:||No water available|
|Operated By:||Big Piney Ranger District (479)284-3150 or (870)446-5122|
General InformationDirections: From Jasper, take Arkansas 7 south for 15 miles. Turn west on Arkansas 16 and go 1 miles. Turn northwest on Newton County Road 28 and go 3 miles.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
The Alum Cove Natural Bridge Area is designed primarily for visitors to be close to nature. The Alum Cove National Recreation Trail is a looping trail that wanders past the natural arch, across a small stream and to the bluff line with overhangs. The entire trail is 1.1 miles long and takes about 1 hour to walk. Visitors may also take a short 30-minute round trip hike for 0.4 miles to view the arch.