Established in 1951, the Henry R. Koen Experimental Forest (Koen) located in northern Arkansas is covered mostly in oak-hickory upland hardwood forest and oak-pine stands. Named for Henry R. Koen, forest supervisor of the Ozark National Forest in the first half of the 20th century, the experimental forest was established to develop scientific principles for forest management. At 720 acres, the Koen is the smallest of the 19 experimental forests managed by Southern Research Station (SRS). Forest Service facilities include an office, garage, and workshop. The Koen also features a handicapped accessible nature trail established in collaboration with several local civic organizations. Visitors from across the United States and around the world use the trail and picnic area. Watch a short video about the forest and the trail on YouTube. Through 1979, research at the Koen focused on upland hardwood forests. Researchers conducted numerous studies from the early 1940s to the late 1970s on the effect of stand structure on white oak stands, forest inventory sampling design, improvement harvesting, and small woodland management. Two long-term datasets resulted from research at the Koen: a study of red cedar that began in the 1940s and ran through the early 1960s, and a watershed study that ended in the late 1970s. Today, the Koen serves as the fieldwork base for SRS upland hardwood research across Arkansas. SRS research forester Martin Spetich manages the Koen. An integrated research program of 17 studies addresses upland hardwood forest dynamics and the development of both short- and long-term studies at three scales: individual tree, stand, and region. These studies encompass forest species restoration, quantitative silviculture, development of forest management methods, forest ecology, disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, climate change, forest biomass, and diversity of Arkansas upland hardwood forests.

Trail is very average down to falls. However, the falls are gorgeous

This is great little trail with an awesome waterfall! The trail is an old road until you get to the creek. I recommend going after a good rain.

10 months ago

This was a well hidden but worth it short hike (1.1 ish miles) to come to the top of the waterfall. We didn't have time to get down below it, but was still amazing to see.
This link has the best directions to get there:
Follow the old road about a quarter mile until you see the wilderness boundary sign, hang a left at that creek and follow it to the fall. Hope that helps! Would love to go back and explore below!

Easy hike to top of the Falls. Not much water running but was a good view down from the creek bed. Took the trail down to below the falls. Was a little grown up in spots and steep.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Could someone explain how to find this trail? My husband and I went, used the directions on this app and according to the map we were right on top of it but never found a trail head? It sounded pretty cool so I was really disappointed!!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Easy hike with beautiful cascades of water flowing down to the falls. Fun hiking the creek down to the falls. The falls are beautiful

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Short hike that is family friendly. The waterfall is awesome during or after a good rain. Good hike for someone who is strapped for time.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Take a left along the creek and not straight, or you will end up on a farmer's horse trail to the gait to his back field (we did this). It's a pretty spot, even if it's dry

Monday, September 19, 2016

Was dry. not running at all. but beautiful scenery.

Friday, January 02, 2015

The road to the parking area is extremely washed out. My F150 did fine, but you'll definitely need a 4x4 vehicle to reach the parking area. If your up for a walk, you can park on the side of hwy 74 and hike in. We visited on New Years Day but it was too icy and late in the day to venture to the bottom. Easy and short trail to the top of the falls. At the trailhead, take the first left before you cross the creek.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A short must see trail.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This fall is one of the highest in the Buffalo River drainage definitely worth the trip during high water flow.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nice hike in the spring.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hammerschmidt fall trail is short and barely visible. But the waterfall is quite nice when you catch it after a good rain.

4 months ago

Saturday, October 24, 2015