A few Januaries ago, we decided to explore the Hurricane Creek area, north of Hector. Our mission was to locate the Blue Hole Cascades. Tim Ernst rates the four mile hike as a difficult bushwhack, so this wouldn’t be an easy feat , but we were up to the challenge. Besides, one of the advantages to hiking in the winter is that the underbrush has not begun to grow, so bushwhacking would probably not be necessary.
Venturing down the jeep road to the primitive campsite for the first half mile of the hike was a bit deceiving because, after that, by turning to the left, it’s literally all down hill – a very steep hill – from there!
Once on level ground, we found ourselves in Hurricane Creek/Wolf Den Hollow.
There were no wolf sightings on this trip.
Perhaps they were frightened away by the dirt bikes!
Following Hurricane Creek South enabled us to encounter some fantastic cascades!
Of course the best was saved for last!
We spent some time climbing around these rocks. Sabrina took the best shot of the day!
It got a little chilly being around the water. We got warmed up in a hurry scampering up back up the hill!
To get there from Hector, go north on Highway 27 and turn right on White Oak Mountain Road/FR 1301. Go 11.3 miles and turn left on FR 1311. Go 1.4 miles, turn left onto a jeep road and park there. This part of the Ozarks is rugged, but beautiful; an area that is not to be missed!