Mountain Springs Cabins Guest directory

Our family is delighted to welcome you to Mountain Springs Cabins! We sincerely hope your stay is relaxing and enjoyable. Should there be anything we can do to make your time with us more comfortable, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Warmest Regards, The Davidson Family ~ Rick, Rayne, Savi and Sky

(870) 365-9785 (Rayne's Cell/txt)

Emergency Information

Your family’s safety is the most important thing to us. Please be aware that this area is in fact considered wilderness, with limited resources close at hand. We make every effort to ensure you are well-informed and fully equipped to meet the challenges of the area, however, you must exercise common sense. Make this the best family vacation by making sure everyone gets home safely.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

LIFE-THREATENING

Dial 911: If you are at the cabins, give the dispatcher this address: 335 NC 1752, Compton AR 72624. It is also a good idea to provide the nearest cross roads to ensure the quickest response time possible. At the cabins, we are 1.3 miles from the intersection of Hwy 103 and Hwy 43S.

Call us immediately once you have EMS on their way. We want to ensure we are helping you every step of the way.

Rick: 870-577-7957

Rayne: 870-365-9785

Lodge: 870-420-3090

If you can travel, it may be quickest to drive to the nearest hospital.

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, AR is a 30minute drive.

NON-LIFE THREATENING

Each cabin will have a well-stocked first aid kit under the kitchen sink. You will have basic bandages, anti-histamines, and blister salves. Please feel free to use anything you need. We ask that you let us know if you use any item so that we can ensure it is restocked for the next guest.

Cabin Information

Eagles Rest has been freshly remodeled in 2017 and now offers a full service kitchen and the following AMENITIES:

  • PRIVATE MASTER BEDROOM WITH QUEEN SIZED BED
  • LOFT AREA WITH 2 QUEEN SIZED BEDS AND FUTON
  • GAS FIREPLACE
  • FIRE PIT (first round of firewood provided free with stay)
  • GRILL AND PICNIC AREA (just bring your own charcoal & lighter fluid)
  • FULL BATH WITH JETTED TUB
  • SATELLITE TV & WIFI
  • FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN (bring your own food)

WI-FI: NO PASSWORD REQUIRED

TV REMOTES: Press the two red buttons on the satellite remote then wait a few seconds for it to turn on.

GRILL: If you plan to use the grill, bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid.

FIRE PIT: The first round of campfire wood is complementary with your cabin stay. If you want extra, it's just $10 per load.

Do not attempt a campfire on windy or dry days and always put water on your campfire when done to ensure it's completely out.

RECYCLING: Look for the bin that is labeled recycling and all glass, plastic, aluminum and cardboard can go into this one bin.

BEFORE DEPARTING at 11:00 a.m. Check out: Please clean and put away used dishes and general pick up but leave the rest of the cleaning for us.

CHECK-IN IS AT 3:00 p.m. with the following procedure: Call or text Rayne at 870-365-9785 on the day before or the day of your arrival and give your ETA. Your door will be unlocked, they key on the table and the Heat or Air and lights on.

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Trail Safety

We know that like us, your family will be completely taken with the incredible beauty of the area. On our 56 acres, you'll find wooden trail markers at every turn that takes you on a path through the woods and comes to a year-round spring and bluff with a seasonal waterfall. Be cautious here, the rocks are slick in the summer from algae that grows in the water and the bluff does not have a guard rail.

In the Buffalo National River Park Service and Ozark National Forest, within minutes from the cabin, there are so many fantastic trails to explore. Please note that while many of the Buffalo National River trails are well marked and easy to follow, there are many reasons you might get off trail and be unable to find your way back.

Adopt the safety procedure we use: always make sure someone knows what trail you have taken, and what time you left. Put a note on the table or send us a quick text saying how many in your party and where you are planning to hike. A little information can go a long way to speeding up any rescue efforts.

Pack extra water and nutrient rich snacks. You never know when you might need that little extra energy boost while out in nature.

Good sturdy footwear and a fleece jacket during cool weather is very important to ensuring you have the best possible experience. Use insect repellent to protect yourself from the ticks and chiggers that will make you itch! And, a piece of advice, don't hike in light colored clothes and socks as these attract them more. If you happen to get into a bunch of ticks, use duct tape after your hike to pull them off of your clothes or have a change of clothes and isolate the "ticky" ones into a plastic bag till they can be washed.

Remember that your cabin is located on a mountaintop and Fall through Spring, and even some Summer mornings, will be much cooler than most places so be sure to bring jackets and warmer clothing than is typical.

Restaurants

(Ranked by distance from Mountain Springs Cabins)

LOW GAP CAFÉ -- LOW GAP, AR

Follow Hwy 74 headed toward Jasper. 10 miles from Mountain Springs Cabins.

Italian & American food in an unassuming setting as you are crossing the mountains to Jasper. Great live music featuring local bands on weekends.

Phone ahead to check hours: 870-861-5848. Tell them Rick and Rayne sent you!

BOARDWALK CAFÉ -- JASPER, AR

On Hwy 7, at the old water wheel in downtown Jasper, AR. 20 miles from Mtn. Springs Cabins.

Specializing in locally sourced farm fresh food, you can find a great selection of exciting introductions to elk, buffalo, and other great food.

OZARK CAFÉ – JASPER, AR

On Jasper Square across from the Courthouse. 20 miles from Mtn. Springs Cabins.

Try the burgers and shakes. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.

BLUE MOUNTAIN BAKERY AND CAFÉ – JASPER, AR

On Jasper Square. 20 miles from Mtn. Springs Cabins.

They make everything from scratch, and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

CLIFF HOUSE INN RESTAURANT – JASPER, AR

6 miles south of Jasper on Hwy 7. 25 miles from Mtn. Springs Cabins.

Overlooking the Arkansas Grand Canyon, enjoy a spectacular view of the Ozark Mountains while having breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

www.mallory.gallery

Hiking the Buffalo

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HIKE:

  1. Use a guidebook and map to plan your hike. Two good resources we recommend are the Buffalo River Handbook and the National Geographic waterproof map of the Buffalo National River (West half or East half depending on where you want to hike), these can be purchased from local outfitters or at least upload a trail map to your phone from AllTrails.com.
  2. Be sure to closely monitor the weather. The day can change without obvious warning.
  3. Carry a small lightweight pack filled with necessities. First aid, water, nutrient dense snacks, and a small flashlight are a good idea. Don’t overload yourself, but do prepare for the worst case scenarios.
  4. Layer your clothing. It is easy to adjust your temperature by adding or removing light layers. A fleece jacket is a must during cooler weather.
  5. Always use sunblock. You unfortunately will not realize you have burned until it is too late.
  6. Carry your cellphone. You won’t always have service, so turn it off to preserve battery life. You want to have it in case of emergency. Always let someone know where you are hiking, how many in your party, and what time you are hiking.
  7. Always obey trail markers and rules. Help us preserve this incredible natural resource for all to enjoy! Cardinal rule is to leave nothing and take nothing. Note that no glass containers are allowed around the River area.

OUR FAVORITE HIKES:

Without a doubt, a person could hike a lifetime and not get the chance to fully explore the trails available. But, there are some favorites that we love to introduce every newcomer to. If you want more information or recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask. We love sharing our area with you!

OUR TRAIL:

Eagles Rest Cabin is situated on 56 acres with private use of the trail system for Mountain Springs Cabin guests. Trails wind through woods, pasture, next to year-round spring or leading to a beautiful bluff with overhang, pretty picnic spot and year-round pool of spring water with occasional waterfall. You'll see a wooden directional marker leading from your front door and throughout your hike.

Be careful when crossing the spring; the rocks are slick. There is no fence at the bluff line, so please be careful not to fall.

Our waterfall when it's at it's prime!
All of these pics are of the waterfall and bluff area on our 56 acres
Pictures, as seen from the Eagles Rest Cabin, view and hiking trail

AREA HIKING TRAILS

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(from upper to middle Buffalo River)

ALUM COVE

Distance: 1.1 miles round trip

Features a natural bridge, a bluff line, two caves, and seasonal waterfall, and rock shelter

Directions: 50 min (36.4 miles) via AR-21 S and AR-16 E about 6 miles on south side of road.

GPS: 35.86041, -93.2292

GLORY HOLE FALLS

www.mallory.gallery

Distance: 2 miles round trip

Features one of the most famous waterfalls in Arkansas

Directions: 33 min (24.4 miles) via AR-43 S and AR-21 S

GPS: 35.82595, -93.39737

HAWK’S BILL CRAG

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Distance: 2.7 miles round trip

Features a rock formation that juts out from the bluff’s face and overlooks a huge valley.

Directions: 40 min (18.9 miles) via AR-43 S and Co Rd 5

GPS: 35.8982, -93.45796

SMITH CREEK PRESERVE

Distance: 5.7 miles round trip

Features a beautiful creek, boulders, and a waterfall.

Directions: 20 min (14.1 miles) via AR-43 S and AR-21 S

GPS: 35.935067, -93.386583

LUALLEN SPRING at BOXLEY VALLEY

Regularly Tested for purity and safety, take your water bottles and refill them at this historical spring where all the "old-timers" that couldn't get water from a hand-dug well would come to get their drinking water before rural water came along.

Features a spring that many locals drink from. The water is regularly tested and safe to drink. Take a water bottle to fill up. At the parking lot, walk towards the old barn to get to the spring. You'll see the black pipe that you'll unhook to get your water, be sure to hang it back up when you're done.

Directions: 18 min (12.9 miles) via AR-43 S

GPS: 35.9444, -93.3994

LOST VALLEY

Distance: 2.3 miles round trip

Features the most popular hiking trail in the upper Buffalo River area. Barrier free stretch, suitable for families. Eden Falls, Native American shelter, waterfall in cave, outstanding spring wildflowers.

Directions: 11 min (7.2 miles) via AR-43 S

GPS: 36.00787, -93.36625

PONCA TO STEEL CREEK

Distance: 4 miles round trip

Features small waterfalls, views of the river, and rock columns

Directions: 11 min (6.5 miles) via AR-43 S

GPS: 36.021727, -93.354261

STEEL CREEK OVERLOOK

www.mallory.gallery

Distance: 3 miles round trip

Features a big sweeping view of Roark Bluff.

Directions: 15 min (8.5 miles) via AR-43 S

GPS: 36.040595, -93.341553

BIG BLUFF/ GOAT TRAIL

Distance: 6 miles round trip

Features a big view of the Buffalo River combined with a world-class geologic experience. It takes 4 to 5 hours to complete the round-trip hike. It's basically uphill all the way back (2.5 miles). This is another trail on which you'll want to have plenty of water and a hearty snack along, as well as possess a reasonably good physical fitness level in order to enjoy.

Directions: 4 min (2.4 miles) via AR-103 and AR-43 S

GPS: 36.064023, -93.360244

HEMMED-IN-HOLLOW

Distance: 6.1 miles round trip

Features a 250 ft. waterfall, the tallest between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The hike back out is a 2.5-mile uphill climb.

Directions: 11 min (6.5 miles) via AR-43 N

GPS: 36.081208, -93.303235

HIDEOUT HOLLOW

Distance: 2 miles round trip

Features one of the prettiest waterfall areas in Buffalo River. The fall is easily 37 feet tall with the surrounding bluff line.

Directions: 19 min (8.9 miles) via AR-43 N and Co Rd 19

GPS: 36.073017, -93.265046

INDIAN CREEK

Distance: 4.7 miles round trip

Features a waterfall and is one of the most strenuous and ruggedly beautiful day hikes in the Buffalo River area.

Directions: 37 min (18.1 miles) via AR-43 S and AR-74 E

GPS: 36.054918, -93.281638

TWIN FALLS / TRIPLE FALLS

Distance: 0.3 miles round trip

Features a beautiful Twin Falls, which runs with THREE waterfalls after a heavy rain!

Directions: 39 min (18.2 miles) via AR-43 S and AR-74 E

GPS: 36.056562, -93.257717

CECIL LOOP COVE

Distance: 6.7-mile loop trail

Features a river, bluffs, historic homesteads, an old cemetery, and several hidden waterfalls.

Directions: 52 min (29.7 miles) via AR-43 N

GPS: 36.083934, -93.233100

Elk

Perhaps the most popular animal of all to visitors is the majestic elk, which was reintroduced to the area beginning in 1981. Elk were native to the Ozark hardwood forest, but were hunted into extinction back in the mid-1800's. Fortunately, through a successful management effort of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, over 800 elk now roam the Buffalo National River. In fact, the elk have thrived and reproduced so well that an annual elk hunt is now coordinated by the commission.

A large heard of elk can frequently be seen in the fields of the Boxley Valley (Hwy 43 South from Ponca), especially in the fall, winter, and spring of the year. Field grasses offer them ample food during those seasons, however, once warmer weather and tree leaves appear, elk tend to move into the forest for shade and to feed on the tender foliage.

PONCA ELK EDUCATION CENTER -- PONCA, AR

Phone: 870-861-2432

HILARY JONES WILDLIFE MUSEUM AND ELK INFORMATION CENTER – JASPER, AR

Phone: 870-446-6180

www.mallory.gallery

Venomous Snakes

COPPERHEAD

COTTONMOUTH

WESTERN DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE

TIMBER RATTLESNAKE

Besides the Cottonmouth, which is typically aggressive, the other snakes are not aggressive and will not attack unsuspecting humans. They will defend themselves by biting only if they are cornered, stepped on or feel threatened.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Be alert.

Watch where you place your hands and feet.

Wear protective clothing.

Venomous Snakebites

In the unlikely event that a venomous snake bites you, following these guidelines for a successful recovery:

Remain calm. Remember, more people die from bee stings each year than from venomous snakebites.

Remove shoes, jewelry and tight clothing from bitten area.

Wash the bite site with soap and warm water or rubbing alcohol to remove any excess venom.

Be prepared to treat for shock and possibly administer CPR.

Get the victim to the nearest medical facility as soon as possible.

Do not make cuts or incisions on or near the bitten area. You could cause more damage than the snakebite.

Do not apply a tourniquet or constriction band. You could cut off blood flow, causing more damage.

Do not give the victim food, drink, alcohol or other drugs. This can cause complication in treatment.

Do not attempt to suck venom out with your mouth. You could have tiny cuts in your mouth, allowing venom to get into your bloodstream.

Caves

Caves

MYSTIC CAVERNS

Location: 7 Byway, eight miles south of Harrison

Phone: 888-743-1739

Website: www.mysticcaverns.com

COSMIC CAVERN

Location: 6386 Hwy. 21 North, Berryville, AR 72616

Phone: 870-749-2298

Website: www.cosmiccavern.com

HURRICANE RIVER CAVE

Location: 15 miles south of Harrison on Hwy. 65

Phone: 870-429-6200

Website: www.HurricaneRiverCaverns.com

Float the River

FLOAT OUTFITTERS

BUFFALO OUTDOOR CENTER -- PONCA, AR

Phone: 870-221-5514

Website: www.buffaloriver.com

Canoes: $60/day

Kayaks: $55/day

Rafts: $33pp/day

www.mallory.gallery

LOST VALLEY CANOE -- PONCA, AR

Phone: 870-861-5522

Website: www.lostvalleycanoe.com

Canoes: $55/day

Kayaks: $45/day

Rafts: $27.50pp/day

BUFFALO RIVER CANOES -- MT. SHERMAN, AR

Phone: 870-446-2644

Website: www.buffalorivercanoes.com

Canoes: $55/day

Kayaks: $50/day

Guided Raft: $55pp/day (minimum of 4)

Fishing Guide Services

The Buffalo National River is wholly unique in that it is one of the last remaining pristine watersheds in the United States. As the nation’s first designated National River, the Buffalo stands alone as an exceptional place. Anglers can find plentiful bass, perch, and catfish along the length of the river. All fishing on Arkansas waterways requires a fishing license, which helps to support conservation efforts. You may buy your license at any of the official outfitters, or directly from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

If trout are more your desired fish, the White River is world-renowned for trophy trout. Located in the next county over, about 60 miles from Mountain Springs Cabins.

WHITE BUFFALO RESORT -- BUFFALO CITY, AR

Phone: 870-425-8555

Website: www.whitebuffaloresort.com

Directions: At the confluence of the White and Buffalo River.

WILD BILL’S OUTFITTER -- YELLVILLE, AR

Phone: 800-554-8657

Website: www.ozark-float.com

Directions: On Hwy 14, just 1 mile off the Buffalo River.

Horseback Riding

TIPS TO REDUCE IMPACT

  1. Don’t tie horses directly to trees. Use picket lines
  2. Tie them at least 100 feet away from any water course and off trail.
  3. Pack your feed and don’t allow them to graze.
  4. Stay on established trail so you don’t widen it or even create new paths.
  5. Remove or scatter manure from camp areas, trailheads, and loading areas.

OUTFITTERS

RIMROCK COVE RANCH – PONCA, AR

Phone: 870-553-2556

Website: www.rimrockcoveranch.com

Trail rides: $35/hour/person, $50 minimum/group

Hay rides: $20/hour/person

BUFFALO RIVER OUTFITTERS – ST. JOE, AR

Phone: 870-439-2244

Website: www.buffaloriveroutfitters.com

Trail rides: $50/person

HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS

  • Bench Trail
  • Old River Trail (ORT)
  • Cecil Cove Loop
  • Center Point
  • Chimney Rock
  • Sneeds Creek
  • BRT – Woolum to Gilbert
  • Cook Hollow Loop Trail

Motorcycle Routes

OZARK MOONSHINE RUN

Distance: 110 miles with 662 curves

Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes

BULL SHOALS DAM

Distance: 100 miles with 326 curves

Time: 3 hours

PEEL FERRY

Distance: 110 miles with 378 curves

Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

EUREKA SPRINGS BACKROADS

Distance: 132 miles with 571 curves

Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Distance: 168 miles with 602 curves

Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

JASPER DISASTER

Distance: 56 miles with 316 curves

Time: 2 hours

TWISTED LADY

Distance: 90 miles with 517 curves

Time: 2 hours

For all route directions, go to www.arkansas.com/motorcycling

Harrison

RESTAURANTS

JAMIE’S LOCAL FLAVOR

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 870-365-0421

Location: 1318 Hwy 62 65 N.

JASMINE THAI CUISINE

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 870-743-9277

Location: 1409 N. Main St.

PRAIRIE MARKET TALLGRASS

Rating:5/5

Phone: 870-743-3267

Location: 418 S. Main St.

NEIGHBOR’S MILL BAKERY & CAFE

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 870-741-6455

Location: 1012 Hwy 65 N.

TOWNHOUSE CAFÉ

Rating: 4/5

Phone: 870-741-2130

Location: 119 W. Rush Ave.

Branson

RESTAURANTS

BABA’S BURGERS & GYROS

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 417-334-4835

Location: 1412 W. Hwy 76

DANNA'S BBQ AND BURGERS

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 417- 337-5527

Location: 963 S. Hwy 165

INDIA CLAY OVEN

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 417-973-0044

Location: 2005 Hwy 76

MR. G’S PIZZA AND PUB

Rating: 4/5

Phone: 417-335-8156

Location: 202 1/2 N Commercial St

TOP OF THE ROCK

Rating: 5/5

Phone: 417-335-2777

Location: 190 Top of the Rock Road

VASKEN'S DELI

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 417-334-9182

Location: 3200 Gretna Rd.

Branson Attractions

Branson Landing – upper end shopping

www.bransonlanding.com

Dixie Stampede – dinner and a show

www.dixiestampede.com

The Dutton's

www.theduttons.com

Grand Country – all in one entertainment

www.grandcountry.com

IMAX Theater

www.bransonimax.com

Legends in Concert

www.legendsinconcert.com

Silver Dollar City

www.silverdollarcity.com

Silver Dollar City Water Park

www.silverdollarcity.com/white-water

Showboat Branson Belle

www.silverdollarcity.com/showboat-branson

Tanger Factory Outlet – shopping

www.tangeroutlet.com

Eureka Springs

RESTAURANTS

GROTTO WOOD FIRED GRILL AND WINE CAVE

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 479-363-6431

Location: 10 Center St.

LOCAL FLAVOR CAFÉ

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 479-253-9522

Location: 71 S. Main St.

MUD STREET CAFÉ

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 479-253-6732

Location: 22 S. Main St.

NIBBLES EATERY

Rating: 4.5/5

Phone: 479-253-7722

Location: 79 Spring St.

OSCAR'S CAFÉ

Rating: 5/5

Phone: 479-981-1436

Location: 17 White St.

PIED PIPER PUB

Rating: 4/5

Phone: 479-363-9976

Location: 82 Armstrong

Fayetteville

RESTAURANTS

ARSAGA'S DEPOT

Phone: 479-443-990

Location: 548 W. Dickson St.

BORDINOS

Phone: 479-527-6795

Location: 310 W. Dickson St.

FARRELL'S LOUNGE BAR & GRILL

Phone: 479-301-2220

Location: 311 W. Dickson St.

FRESCO RESTAURANT & COCKTAILS

Phone: 479-455-5555

Location: Ball Plaza

HAMMONTREE'S

Phone: 479-521-1669

Location: 326 N W Ave.

HUGO'S

Phone: 479-521-7585

Location: 25 1/2 N Block Ave.

NOMAD'S NATURAL PLATE

Phone: 479-435-5312

Location: 205 W. Dickson St.

THEP THAI

Phone: 479-443-0029

Location: 1525 S. School Ave.

NWA Attractions

FAYETTEVILLE

112 Drive-In Theatre

www.112driveintheatre.com

Bikes, Blues, and BBQ

www.bikesbluesandbbq.org

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

www.bgozarks.org

Clinton House Museum

www.clintonhousemuseum.org

Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas

www.sonamusic.org

Terra Studios

www.terrastudios.com

Theatre Squared

www.theatre2.org

Walton Arts Center

www.waltonartscenter.org

EUREKA SPRINGS

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

www.crescent-hotel.com

Cosmic Cavern

www.cosmiccavern.com

Opera in the Ozarks

www.opera.org

Turpentine Creek

www.turpentinecreek.org

BENTONVILLE

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art

www.crystalbridges.com

Jump Zone Party Play Center

www.jumpzoneparty.com

Museum of Native American History

www.monah.us

ROGERS

Pinnacle Hills Promenade

www.pinnaclehillspromenade.com

War Eagle Cavern

www.wareaglecavern.com

SILOAM SPRINGS

Cherokee Casino

www.cherokeecasino.com

Skydive Skyranch

www.skyranch.com

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