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A week ago I drove out Parker’s Ridge, south of Deer, Arkansas. After 15 miles of rugged gravel road with tight turns in large Shortleaf Pine forests; I reached the end of Parker’s Ridge and began a 3 miles, 1,600 foot (elevation fall) downhill ride in low gear to the river. The switchbacks began on this rugged road; 27 in all – with a 300 to 600 drop to my right (west). Bluffs bean to appear on my left side (East) and the road narrowed for the last 1.5 miles and became very steep and wet in places, and dangerous. But I m,are it to the bottom and was rewarded with a bridge crossing the beautiful Piney River. I did not see another vehicle or person; only about 20 deer. I fully expected to see a bear or two, but did not.

 

Downhill to the Piney River

Downhill to the Piney River

 

 

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Alum Cove is a Natural Bridge about 2/3 of the way between Parthenon and Deer in Newton County off Highway 327, AR; about 6 miles south of my home. I made a few daytime trips there last October but never really caught the colors changing the way I have seen them there before. The Natural Bridge is on upper Shop Creek about 7 river miles above Parthenon.

It is well worth the time to view this natural wonder. Bears can be an issue, so you need to check the Arkansas Fish and Game and US Forest Service bulletins. It is an easy hike around a picturesque valley with the Natural Bridge and blued with caves across the Shop Creek valley but there are plenty of places to slip, loose your footing and fall – so use caution hiking; all in all it is about 1.5 miles round trip by a well marked loop.

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