Natural Arch on Clifty Creek: The weight of beauty

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Natural Arch on Clifty Creek in the Missouri Ozarks

Northwest of Rolla, Missouri, Little Clifty Creek merges with the main channel of Clifty Creek by way of this Natural Arch. With rock weighing approximately 170 pounds per cubic foot, I was a bit nervous and awed when walking underneath this massive arch. Though solid and standing in its present form for several human lifetimes, it was carved by the relentless force of water (62.5 lbs. per cubic foot) over time. Its form is still subject to change today.

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Hiker-dog and the Natural Arch 

I appreciated Hiker-dog posing to provide a sense of scale as I took a picture from the other side of the arch.  She weighs as much as one cubic foot of water, and I’m just under the weight of one cubic foot of stone. As impressive as the Natural Arch is due to its size and weight, I was even more awed by a quality that has no weight by the cubic foot; its beauty!

6 thoughts on “Natural Arch on Clifty Creek: The weight of beauty

  1. I’ve been there several times! If you ever need a B&B in this area, the Rock Eddy B&B is just down the creek and they have cabins along the bluff overlooking the Gasconade River as well as the traditional B&B experience in their main house. Check them out at http://www.rockeddy.com/ Thanks again for sharing your adventures! Gary Blankenship – InnkeeperWalnut Street Inn Springfield, MO 65806 stay@walnutstreetinn.com http://www.walnutstreetinn.com

    Reservations – 800-593-6346 Information – 417-864-6346

    • Thanks for the info Gary. I’m getting close to the trail guide submission deadline. I’m thinking we might celebrate with a weekend at the Walnut Street Inn. Maybe we can have a proofreading session. Looking forward to taking Becca to the Clifty Creek area and just might check out the Rock Eddy.

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