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Arkansas whitewater, Blackburn Creek

Crawford county, Devils Den State Park to Highway 220 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     8 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Blackburn Creek in Arkansas is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The beautiful scenery of Arkansas and the playfulness
    of the water beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Arkansas tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. Getting
a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The beautiful Boston Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty  
of rivers for that. There's camping available near Blackburn Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Lake Fort Smith State Park in the vicinity of Blackburn Creek is a delightful thing to do, and you'll meet a lot of people from Chester here. All year is a perfect time in the Boston Mountains if you go for the outdoors. A great location like Devil's Den State Park next to Blackburn Creek is too splendid to leave out; going for a hike on the Butterfield Hiking Trail is always a wonderful adventure. This is such a great river. During the months of summer at Blackburn Creek temperatures are regularly in the 90's.

Blackburn Creek, Devils Den State Park to Highway 220 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Blackburn Creek.
 Whitewater Near Blackburn Creek:
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
Fall Creek, Washington / Crawford County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Strickler to Lee Creek)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Mountainburg to Lancaster Bridge)
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
 Marinas Near Blackburn Creek:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Blackburn Creek:
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 14 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN Van Buren Inn, Van Buren , 17 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackburn Creek:
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork, 3 miles away
Winn Creek RV Retreat, Winslow, 10 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Mountainburg, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Blackburn Creek:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 0 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blackburn Creek:
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 62 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 2 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackburn Creek:
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 15 miles away
Golf Club Valley View, Farmington , 15 miles away
River Valley Golf, Alma , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Blackburn Creek
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 17 miles away
Lake Wilson, Washington , 17 miles away
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 20 miles away

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