Falling Water Creek FR 1205 to Richland Creek Campground

Ben Hur, Arkansas

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Falling Water Creek originates on the north side of Raspberry Mountain just north of AR 16 and flows approximately 11 miles to its confluence with Richland Creek at Richland Creek Campground. Forest Roads 1313 and 1205 parallel the creek for most of the way, providing numerous access points. The narrow creek is runnable only during periods of high runoff, and a visual inspection is usually necessary. The run itself is very tight and technical and more suited to smaller boats. Falling Water Creek is a very swift stream that races through the Ozark National Forest, with tree-lined banks on one side and FR 1205 on the other. Several tight turns that take paddlers under overhanging trees can be particularly difficult. Water quality is very good due to the protected status of Ozark National Forest and the remoteness of the area. Access becomes a little more difficult along the last 3 miles, when the road veers slightly away from the creek. On one particular trip, a group of paddlers from the Bluff City Canoe Club challenged the creek in the snow and returned to report that it was like paddling through their own private winter wonderland. Another group of paddlers from the Arkansas Canoe Club had less appreciative things to say when a snowstorm stranded them in the valley overnight until four-wheel-drive vehicles could be dispatched. Road and weather conditions are indeed a significant factor when planning a trip to Falling Water Creek.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

by Tom Kennon (Menasha Ridge Press)

Falling Water Creek originates on the north side of Raspberry Mountain just north of AR 16 and flows approximately 11 miles to its confluence with Richland Creek at Richland Creek Campground. Forest Roads 1313 and 1205 parallel the creek for most of the way, providing numerous access points. The narrow creek is runnable only during periods of high runoff, and a visual inspection is usually necessary. The run itself is very tight and technical and more suited to smaller boats.

Falling Water Creek is a very swift stream that races through the Ozark National Forest, with tree-lined banks on one side and FR 1205 on the other. Several tight turns that take paddlers under overhanging trees can be particularly difficult. Water quality is very good due to the protected status of Ozark National Forest and the remoteness of the area. Access becomes a little more difficult along the last 3 miles, when the road veers slightly away from the creek. On one particular trip, a group of paddlers from the Bluff City Canoe Club challenged the creek in the snow and returned to report that it was like paddling through their own private winter wonderland. Another group of paddlers from the Arkansas Canoe Club had less appreciative things to say when a snowstorm stranded them in the valley overnight until four-wheel-drive vehicles could be dispatched. Road and weather conditions are indeed a significant factor when planning a trip to Falling Water Creek.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ben Hur
Distance: 6.67
Duration: 3.5 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Maps: USGS Smyrna, Moore
Driving Directions: Directions to Falling Water Creek: FR 1205 to Richland Creek Campground

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May 2018