Big Piney Creek Walnut Creek to Twin Bridges

Dover, Arkansas

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Big Piney Creek rises in the Boston Mountains near the small town of Fallsville, Arkansas, and flows generally southward to its confluence with Lake Dardanelle, a distance of approximately 67 miles. The headwaters of both the Buffalo and the Mulberry Rivers are within a few miles. Big Piney Creek is one of the more challenging streams in the state of Arkansas, offering paddlers rapids up to class III at optimum levels. Expect a pool-drop type of stream with a good current in the short pools and exciting rapids with large standing waves and occasional boulders in the main current. These rapids appear every quarter-mile at minimum and more often in many places. Paddlers are blessed with a panorama of remote and wild scenery, from the limestone bluffs that constrict the creek to one-third it normal size to the varied wildlife thriving in the natural refuge along the banks of Big Piney Creek. The water quality is good, and at normal levels the water flows the milky green color that is unique to Ozark streams. In addition, Longpool Campground is among the most beautiful campsites in the state of Arkansas. It’s worth the effort to make Longpool your base camp while paddling Big Piney 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)

Big Piney Creek rises in the Boston Mountains near the small town of Fallsville, Arkansas, and flows generally southward to its confluence with Lake Dardanelle, a distance of approximately 67 miles. The headwaters of both the Buffalo and the Mulberry Rivers are within a few miles. Big Piney Creek is one of the more challenging streams in the state of Arkansas, offering paddlers rapids up to class III at optimum levels. Expect a pool-drop type of stream with a good current in the short pools and exciting rapids with large standing waves and occasional boulders in the main current.

These rapids appear every quarter-mile at minimum and more often in many places. Paddlers are blessed with a panorama of remote and wild scenery, from the limestone bluffs that constrict the creek to one-third it normal size to the varied wildlife thriving in the natural refuge along the banks of Big Piney Creek. The water quality is good, and at normal levels the water flows the milky green color that is unique to Ozark streams. In addition, Longpool Campground is among the most beautiful campsites in the state of Arkansas. It’s worth the effort to make Longpool your base camp while paddling Big Piney Creek.

©  Tom Kennon/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Dover
Distance: 39.8
Duration: 5 sections range from 3 to 6 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Maps: USGS Fallsville, Swain, Rosetta, Fort Douglas, Treat, Lee Mountain, Knoxville
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Piney Creek: Walnut Creek to Twin Bridges

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