Natural Dam Arkansas
Natural Dam is just what the name implies, a natural rock dam, located at the town of Natural Dam Arkansas. The dam is nearly 200 feet wide and spans the width of Mountain Fork Creek where it runs into Lee Creek You can easily view the dam without getting out of your vehicle , but the area features an excellent picnic area. This is a very popular place for getting your feet wet and swimming during the hot summer months.
There is no fee for this area, but it is for day use only, no camping and it closes at dark.
Best Time to Visit:
Anytime is good, great for fall colors
Where it is:
15 miles north of Van Buren in the Boston Mountain range of the Ozark Mountains, in the Ozark National Forest
Take Exit-5 off I-40 at Van Buren and go north on Ark. 59. Turn left at the Natural Dam Community – the picnic area and waterfalls come into sight after making the turn.
P.O. Box 76,
Highway 23 North
Ozark, AR 72949
Crawford County Sheriff 911 or 479-474-2261
Physical Address:2137 Natural Dam Road, Natural Dam, AR 72948
Tips for the Photographer
The Dam can be photographed easily with most any camera and a normal lens. A tripod is needed to keep the camera steady while shooting a long exposure to blur the water. A polarizing filter to saturate color and cut reflections on the water. During bright light you may also need neutral density filters to cut the light passing through the lens to enable a long exposure.
What to Photograph:
The waterfall, the surrounding forest and creek also contain great scenery.
Please read my article on shooting waterfalls.http://blog.gregdisch.com/2009/03/22/how-to-shooot-waterfalls/
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