Strawberry Bluff
February 11, 2007
Cliff and I were fired up after the fun we'd had last week Geocaching, and couldn't wait for the next adventure. Next on the list was a location we'd recently caught on TV on AETN's Exploring Arkansas. Of course I love that show and record it every week.
Strawberry Bluff is located 2 miles north of the Strawberry community, in Central Johnson County.
The weather was overcast and windy when we arrived at the parking area, a short distance uphill of the bluffs. A trail lead northward following the bluff line for several hundred yards. It was pretty chilly at first, but after 15 minutes I was unzipping my jacket to let the cool air in.
We backtracked to find the geocache, which was located near the parking area, then we explored the top of the bluffs south of the parking area. There were some neat rock formations there that reminded me of Pedestal Rocks, which according to my topo maps is only 22 miles away. I wonder how many other undocumented bluff lines with interesting rock formations there are in this region of the Ozarks.
Cliff found a way down to the bottom of the bluffs, with me right behind him. It was pretty rough going down there... the wooded hillside was steep and covered with sticker vines... but we made our way north to a small cave-like shelter. We had to do a bit of climbing to get up into the shelter. Cliff found the best route, then coached me on my way up. I brought the point-and-shoot camera with me and was able to get one shot from inside the shelter.
Strawberry Bluff is not listed on USGS maps, nor is it in any guide books that I know of, so I am including directions. It is located just north of Hwy 123/164 between Ludwig and Hagarville. To get there, travel on Hwy 164 (.7 miles east of the Hwy 292/123 junction, or 2 miles west of Hagarville) until you get to a sign that says "Strawberry Assembly of God Church". This is County Road 3651, which heads north. After 4.0 miles you will come to County Road 4631 on the right. Take this road and the parking area is 1.0 miles. GPS coordinates  are N 35 34.108, W 093 22.219 (WGS 84, Degrees and Decimal Minutes).