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Mine Creek,
Buckeye Falls
November 13, 2005
I followed the peak fall colors south to the Ouachitas, where Buckeye Mountain and the surrounding area were blessed with a long, heavy, overnight rain. I left out before dawn and took the Talimena Scenic Drive, where I stopped several times to enjoy scenes of low-lying clouds drifting over colorful mountains. Outside Mena I took Highway 375 to Shady, where the pavement ends and Mine Creek Road begins. I stopped the truck many times and walked down to the creek to get a better view. The Beech trees were really putting on a show with their multi-colored change from green to yellow to orange to brown.
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I turned south onto Forest Road 38 with a specific destination in mind: the waterfall I’d more seen than heard last March when Charles and I were down here. I parked the truck at a wide spot in the road a couple of hundred yards past the Buckeye Mountain Trail and bushwhacked downhill a short distance to the headwaters of Blaylock Creek. I found three small but lovely waterfalls in short succession.
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