North Sylamore Creek Barkshed to Allison AR 5

Mountain View, Arkansas

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South Fork and Cole Fork Creeks merge to form North Sylamore Creek at Barkshed Recreation Area in the Ozark National Forest north of Mountain View, Arkansas. The entire 20-mile creek is protected by the National Forest and it is under consideration for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Paddlers will find a small, tight stream with a relatively small watershed that makes it runnable only when most area streams are too high to paddle. Hardwoods along its entire length protect the creek, and the water quality is excellent due to the creek’s location far from civilization in the Ozark National Forest. Vegetation and wildlife abound, and don’t be surprised if you spot a deer at the creek’s edge!
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks

by Tom Kennon (Menasha Ridge Press)

South Fork and Cole Fork Creeks merge to form North Sylamore Creek at Barkshed Recreation Area in the Ozark National Forest north of Mountain View, Arkansas. The entire 20-mile creek is protected by the National Forest and it is under consideration for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Paddlers will find a small, tight stream with a relatively small watershed that makes it runnable only when most area streams are too high to paddle. Hardwoods along its entire length protect the creek, and the water quality is excellent due to the creek’s location far from civilization in the Ozark National Forest. Vegetation and wildlife abound, and don’t be surprised if you spot a deer at the creek’s edge!

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mountain View
Distance: 13.3
Duration: 2 sections range from 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: USGS Norfolk SE, Calico Rock, Fifty Six, Sylamore
Driving Directions: Directions to North Sylamore Creek: Barkshed to Allison (AR 5)

Recent Trail Reviews

7/2/2008
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One of the most scenic trails you'll ever do. It starts at Allison trail head and goes to right crossing the creek waist high or less. Go up hill gradually till you have beautiful overlook of valley and creek. You will pass several nice bluff lines on right, one I call the cathedral. You'll see why! Next the trail passes right under a bluff. At about the 2 1/2 mile mark you will cross a tributary creek and just to your left a nice 5 foot waterfall with pool underneath. Just across the creek a campsite with fire ring, and down the hill on Sylamore Creek is a special swimming called Mary Jane's Hole. Cactus, wildflowers and deer are abundant as you stroll on down to a Y in the trail, be looking it as the main trail goes to the right. As you come up on a road trail just to your left is swimming with boulder to jump off of. On the trail it's level and side by side hiking, another mile or so down and there is a beautiful spring coming down the fern laced hillside. Then on to Blanchard Springs Campground.



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