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Arkansas whitewater, Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork

Pope county, Smyrna to Bayou Bluff section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     12 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Arkansas and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The put-in is not too far from Harrison, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Smyrna to Bayou Bluff section of Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork in Arkansas is 12 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are
    sure to keep you coming back for more. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Arkansas are easier than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The river winds through the Boston Mountains and you get great scenery. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before  
you come because it is a very popular destination. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Smyrna to Bayou Bluff section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
Sugartree Hollow is near Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork and is a great spot, and you can have a tremendous hiking adventure along the Cowan Hollow Trail. All year is a tremendous time in the Boston Mountains if you adore the outdoors. Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork is not far at all from Hector, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Boyd Trail. This river is always fun.

Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork, Smyrna to Bayou Bluff 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 Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork:
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Bayou Bluff to Hector)
Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork, Pope County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Smyrna to Bayou Bluff)
Illinois Bayou, Pope County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Hector to Scottsville)
Illinois Bayou - North Fork, Pope County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (CR1000 to FS181)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
Bobtail Creek, Searcy County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2.75 miles long (FS 1219A to Richland Creek)
Richland Creek, Newton/Searcy County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6.2 miles long (Moore to Richland Creek Campground)
Left Hand Prong, Pope County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Headwaters to Victor Road)
Richland Creek, Searcy County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Richland Creek Campground to NFR 1201)
Long Devil's Fork, Newton County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5 miles long (Hike in from CR 32 to Richland Creek Campground)
 Hotels Near Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork:
Quality Inn Russellville, Russellville , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Russellville , 21 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 21 miles away
BEST WESTERN Inn, Russellville , 21 miles away
Super 8 Russellville, Russellville , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork:
Bayou Bluff, Hector, 4 miles away
East Fork Wilderness, Tilly, 6 miles away
Moccasin Gap Horse Camp, Pelsor, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork:
Cowan Hollow Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
Boyd Trail, Pope , 8 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 9 miles away
Sulphur Trail, Pope , 9 miles away
Pedestal Rocks Trail, Pope , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Illinois Bayou - Middle Fork:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 39 miles away
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 62 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 25 miles away
Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 27 miles away

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