Alum Cove Natural Bridge Geological Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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.

Campground and Day-Use Area Rules

The Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area is designed primarily for visitors to be close to nature. The area offers picnic facilities and the Alum Cove National Recreation Trail for your enjoyment. This looping trail wanders past the natural arch, across a small stream and to the trip hike for 0.4 miles to view the arch.

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."

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Geological Area Guide

At a Glance

Fees $3/day/vehicle; $35/day for pavilion rental
Open Season: Open Year-round
Restrictions: Camping not permitted.
Closest Towns: Jasper
Water: No water available
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Big Piney Ranger District (479)284-3150 or (870)446-5122

General Information

Directions: 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.

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