I have done a lot of hiking in Arkansas and the Arkansas hikes with waterfalls are always my favorite. They are like discovering a lost treasure deep in the woods. Every time a get a glimpse of a waterfall around that next bend in the trail, I’m in awe.
Several weeks ago, we hiked to Bridal Veil Falls in Heber Springs for the first time. I’m using the word “hiked” loosely because there is actually a nice, short, easy path to the overlook that’s close to the parking lot.
History of Bridal Veil Falls
The first paragraph on the sign explains some of the history of this waterfall.
“The natural feature that is now called Bridal Veil Falls was at one time called Cornelius Falls, named for the first owner of the property, John H. Cornelius. There are actually two falls in close proximity, leading some to call one of the falls “Cornelius Falls” and the other “Bridal Veil Falls.”
The beginning of the trail is an easy dirt path that turns into wooden steps.
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Bridal Veil Falls Overlook
The easy trail leads you to this overlook. It’s a great place to view the falls from the top and take photos. Peering over the edge, you will see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Arkansas.
“Bridal Veil Falls, which features a look-out deck, main attraction is the waterfall with trails for most skill levels. The trails are accessible year-round and always make for great photo opportunities.” -source
It’s great for a quick stop for anyone who is on their way to a weekend of fun at the Dam Site on Greers Ferry Lake or JFK Campground on the Little Red River.
Many hikers enjoy taking the small trails on the right and left sides of the overlook platform to play in the creek upstream or in the pool at the base of the falls.
Bridal Veil Falls location
Bridal Veil Falls is located off Highway 25 on Bridal Veil Falls Road, next to Heber Springs Collision Center. Bear right at the fork in the road and turn right in the parking area.
49 Bridal Veil Falls Road
Heber Springs, AR 72543
GPS 35.4695236, -93.0384821
Tips for finding the Falls
NOTE: The turn-off onto Bridal Veil Falls Road from Hwy 25 can easily be missed so keep your eyes open. Also, if you’re like us, you’ll miss the right hand turn into the parking lot. So, make sure your passenger is watching for the turn so you don’t have to turn around in someone’s driveway like we did!