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Arkansas whitewater, Boulder Creek

Newton county, Headwaters to Henson Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2.6 miles
  The wonderful Arkansas scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The Headwaters to Henson Creek section of Boulder Creek in Arkansas is 2.6 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that the rivers in this state
    are less demanding. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The beauty of the Boston Mountains is a great plus for this river. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit
away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Headwaters to Henson Creek section is one of them. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Harrison, as you can see on the road map  
further down. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. There's camping available near Boulder Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
Wildcat Hollow is a glorious place to explore, and since you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Jasper. Now, you may believe that's loads but there's even more cool stuff to do here in the Boston Mountains. On a great day at Boulder Creek you can take a hike along the Alum Cove National Recreation Trail. Boulder Creek generally gets a large amount of precipitation. Most of the rain falls during May while January is typically the driest month.

Boulder Creek, Headwaters to Henson Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Boulder Creek.
 Whitewater Near Boulder Creek:
Boulder Creek, Newton County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Headwaters to Henson Creek)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.1 miles long (Kyles to Pruitt)
Broadwater Hollow, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 0.25 miles long (Park Boundary to Cecil Creek)
Osage Creek, Newton/Boone/Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Compton to Carroll County Road 11)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 10.6 miles long (Ponca to Kyles)
Long Branch, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.5 miles long (Hike in from CR 28 to East Fork Little Buffalo)
Shop Creek - West Fork, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Alum Cove Creek to Parthenon)
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Pruitt to Hasty)
Little Buffalo River - East Fork, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 7.3 miles long (Deer to Murray)
 Hotels Near Boulder Creek:
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 16 miles away
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Harrison , 16 miles away
Super 8 Harrison AR, Harrison , 16 miles away
Quality Inn Harrison, Harrison , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boulder Creek:
Buffalo National River - Kyles Landing, Compton, 3 miles away
Buffalo National River - Erbie Group, Jasper, 4 miles away
Hog Heaven RV Park, Jasper, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Boulder Creek:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 8 miles away
Turkey Trail, Newton , 16 miles away
Boston Cutoff, Newton , 18 miles away
Hurricane Trail, Newton , 18 miles away
Cherry Ridge Trail, Pope , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boulder Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 16 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 19 miles away
Table Rock State Park, Missouri , 33 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Boulder Creek:
Links Golf & Athletic Club, Harrison , 16 miles away
Harrison Country Club, Harrison , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Boulder Creek
Beaver Lodge Lake, Boone , 11 miles away

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