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In Arkansas Boston Mountains are ready to explode

From the top: People gather toward dusk to watch for elk in Boxley Valley; the stark face of Roark Bluff along the Buffalo National River; and steep forested slopes in the Boston Mountains meet farmland in the dramatic valleys.
From the top: People gather toward dusk to watch for elk in Boxley Valley; the stark face of Roark Bluff along the Buffalo National River; and steep forested slopes in the Boston Mountains meet farmland in the dramatic valleys.PHOTOS BY BRAD SCRIBER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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The Boston Mountains in northwest Arkansas are subtle features as mountains go. They don’t loom across the plains like the Rockies or overshadow the piedmont like the Appalachians. These mountains, with some of the highest summits between those two more famous ranges, have a hidden grandeur that sneaks up on you.

Instead of soaring peaks that define the landscape from afar, steep valleys emerge suddenly from behind the curves of winding mountain roads. Down wooded paths, sandstone platforms extend into the air atop eroded columns that seem barely capable of holding them in place. And because the area is home to huge swaths of protected land, most of it can be explored free of charge.

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