Hogscald Today

Beaver Dam was completed in 1966, filling nearby canyons with water and forever changing the face of Hogscald Hollow. The area became a favorite swimming spot for hippies and tourists in the 1970's, and clothing was usually optional. Artists brought their canvas, writers their notebooks, and photographers found that they never had enough film on hand to capture the inspiring craftsmanship of mother nature that lined these valleys. In 1987, a 10-acre portion of Hogscald Hollow was registered as a conservation preserve to be held by the Ozark Regional Land Trust, perpetually protecting this mystical place from future development, and ensuring that it will remain an inspiration for generations to come.

Beaver Lake Swimmers In the 1990's the hollow quickly earned a reputation as a summertime "party cove", and while the local authorities have cracked down somewhat on skinny-dipping, reports occasionally surface detailing stories of drunken boating and cliff-jumping gone awry. However, the majority of visitors to this area are in search of the same experience that has attracted families for well over a hundred years - a chance to meet friendly faces, breathe clean air, and soak up the natural beauty of an area in the Ozarks that knows few comparisons.

Over the last decade, it has been suggested several times that the county pave over the rockbed that forms part of Hogscald Road, in order to provide a "smoother ride" for certain landowners living downstream. So far, each paving proposal has been thwarted by conservationalists who are dedicated to the preservation of the scalds and the headwaters of the falls. For more information and to show your support, please visit Save Our Scalds.

The Origins of Hogscald
The Church at Hogscald
Hogscald as Community Center
Hogscald During the Civil War
Uncle Jap's Whiskey Coup