The Origins of Hogscald

Hogscald (or Hog Scald Hollow) may be one of the best kept secrets in the Ozarks, due to its out-of-the-way location, and its somewhat unappealing name. Tucked in a lush valley at the edge of scenic Carroll County, Arkansas and seasoned with cold springs and steep granite-lined canyons, Hogscald is an area of unsurpassed beauty and tradition. Countless waterfalls grace the area, including Hog Scald Falls, Auger Falls, Peek-a-Boo Falls, Parker Falls, Slide Off Falls, and the Cascades Waterfall.

Peek-a-Boo Falls in Hogscald, ArkansasLike many of the natural springs in the area (such as those in nearby Eureka Springs), the Native Americans considered the waters of Hogscald to be sacred peace grounds, where even neighboring tribes could visit and partake of the cold, clear waters without resistence. Ancient ceremonies of health and healing were often held in the natural bluff shelter beneath Auger Falls.

It is said that the Hogscald area first gained the attention of American settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1830's. It has since played host to soldiers from both sides of the Civil War, served as an awe-inspiring outdoor church, community butchering ground, campground, inspiration for Ozark writers and artists, and even as a lake-front refuge for skinny-dipping hippies.

The spring-fed Hogscald Creek meandered down through a breathtaking canyon, feeding several waterfalls during its journey. Along its route, natural erosion created holes in the smooth rockbed, averaging four to five feet deep and six feet wide. During the fall, the creek was temporarily diverted by early pioneers and Confederate soldiers, and these kettle-like openings were filled with hot stones until the water was scalding. Wild hogs were then dipped in the holes, making it easier to remove the hair from their hides. Hence, the location earned the name "Hog Scald", a vernacular moniker befitting the task at hand, but denying the stunning one-of-a-kind views afforded by this veritable paradise on earth.

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