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Bushwhack, strenuous, 5 miles.  Terry Fredrick, Hike Leader

This Saturday Brenda Brown has arranged permission for us to cross private property to reach Home Valley Bluff,
where we will see waterfalls, the tea tables, a latin inscription, and much more. Terry Fredrick will be leading this 5-6 mile hike which is sometimes on an old road, sometimes a social trail, and sometimes no trail. The meeting place is at First Care Family Medical for carpooling and an 8:15 departure. We are being asked to sign a waiver by the owner of the property, so there will be 2 waivers to sign. Please see details below.

Saturday, February 9, 2019-Home Valley Bluff

Name of Hike: Home Valley Bluff – Bushwhack

Location: Ozark National Forest near Nail AR

Type of Hike: Bushwhack: Mostly non-trail with some social trail/jeep road.

Distance: 5.0-6.0 miles

Maximum Elevation Difference: 400 feet

Rating: Difficult, due to absence of trail, scrambling, uneven terrain, undergrowth, and high-bluff areas.
Features: This is one of the longest, continuous bluff-lines in the Ozarks. We’ll pass by the Tea Table rocks (seen in Neil Compton’s The High Ozarks: Vision of Eden, 1982 picture book), have long views towards Limestone AR in the valley, enter a cathedral-like bluff shelter, possibly see waterfalls, and marvel at Latin inscriptions (In gloria Patris et filii…) that were left by Spanish explorers on DeSoto’s Arkansas expedition (or possibly by more recent
pranksters). After hiking across the top of the bluff, we scramble down to its base to investigate Home Valley Bluff from below.
Hike Leader: Terry Frederick (contact hike leader for more information)
Telephone & Email: 479-422-7776 M or terrfre@att.net (telephone is preferred), Also you can contact Brenda Brown at 479 365 2680, goatlady2557@gmail.com
Meeting Place and Time:

  • Meet at First Care Family medical at the intersection of Huntsville Road (AR Hwy 16) and Crossover Road (AR Hwy 265) in Fayetteville for carpooling and an 8:15 a.m. departure; or,
  • Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Nail, AR gas station/store on AR Hwy 16.

Driving Distance: One-way driving distance from the Fayetteville carpool to Nail AR is 72 miles on AR Hwy 16. The trailhead is two miles from Nail on AR Hwy 16.
Comment: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, gloves, and wear hiking boots. Bushwhacks are non-trail hikes which are more challenging than trail hikes. If you have never done a bushwhack hike, contact the hike leader first to find out about the challenges of the hike. No pets are allowed on any hikes. Minors must be accompanied by guardians, and children under 12 years are not allowed on difficult hikes. Participants will be required to sign two “liability release” forms at the trailhead; one for the OSHC http://www.ozarksociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/OS-Sign-Up_Sheet_rev4.pdf which is required at any OSHC outing, and a second one mandated by the owner of the private property over which we will cross to gain access to Home Valley Bluff. Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not.