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Arkansas whitewater, Bobtail Creek

Searcy county, FS 1219A to Richland Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+     2.75 miles
  The FS 1219A to Richland Creek stretch of Bobtail Creek is 2.75 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV+ section. The natural beauty of Searcy County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in
    your car. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Arkansas you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.
The Boston Mountains scenery is wonderful. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The  
put-in is not too far from Harrison, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The Hideout Trail offers hiking at its best, and Short Bobtail Hollow is another pleasant site to stop by nearby. Just can't get enough of the Boston Mountains. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Pedestal Rocks Trail, and there are plenty of people from Witts Springs here. This river is so great. All the water falling down from the sky makes Bobtail Creek a wet site. During May this area sees the most rain, and January is when it's the driest.

Bobtail Creek, FS 1219A to Richland Creek 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 Bobtail Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bobtail Creek:
Bobtail Creek, Searcy County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2.75 miles long (FS 1219A to Richland Creek)
Richland Creek, Searcy County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Richland Creek Campground to NFR 1201)
Sulphur Creek, Searcy County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Southern Fork to Richland Creek)
Big Devil's Fork, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4.75 miles long (Hill Cemetery to Richland Creek Campground)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
Richland Creek, Newton/Searcy County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6.2 miles long (Moore to Richland Creek Campground)
Long Devil's Fork, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5 miles long (Hike in from CR 32 to Richland Creek Campground)
Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork, Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Smyrna to Bayou Bluff)
Falls Branch, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 9 miles long (Tarlton Flats to NFS Road 1200 Close to Bass)
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.3 miles long (Woolum to Tyler Bend)
 Hotels Near Bobtail Creek:
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 28 miles away
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Harrison , 28 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 30 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRISON, Harrison , 30 miles away
Quality Inn Harrison, Harrison , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bobtail Creek:
Richland Creek, Witts Springs, 2 miles away
Pedestal Rock Scenic Area, Pelsor, 9 miles away
Buffalo National River - Woolum, Gilbert, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Bobtail Creek:
Hideout Trail, Newton , 6 miles away
Pedestal Rocks Trail, Pope , 9 miles away
Boyd Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Sulphur Trail, Pope , 11 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bobtail Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 29 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 29 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 35 miles away
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bobtail Creek:
Lost Mine Golf Course, Marshall , 14 miles away
Searcy County Golf Club Ironhead Course, Marshall , 19 miles away

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