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Arkansas whitewater, Left Hand Prong

Pope county, Headwaters to Victor Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     8.5 miles
  This stretch of Left Hand Prong is 8.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. The wonderful Arkansas scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Harrison, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Arkansas you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable,
    so don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. 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. Great exercise
and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Headwaters to Victor Road section is one of  
them. The Boston Mountains scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Left Hand Prong is not far at all from Pelsor, and great hiking is available along the Sulphur Trail. Now, you may imagine that's a load but there's even more cool stuff to do here in the Boston Mountains. Go for a hike on the Boyd Trail. Left Hand Prong sees pretty high levels of rain. Most of the rain falls throughout May while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation. All through the months of summer, highs mostly are in the 90's at Left Hand Prong. Summer night lows dip down to the 60's.

Left Hand Prong, Headwaters to Victor Road 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 Left Hand Prong.
 Whitewater Near Left Hand Prong:
Left Hand Prong, Pope County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Headwaters to Victor Road)
Illinois Bayou - North Fork, Pope County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (CR1000 to FS181)
Richland Creek, Newton/Searcy County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6.2 miles long (Moore to Richland Creek Campground)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
Falls Branch, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 9 miles long (Tarlton Flats to NFS Road 1200 Close to Bass)
Boss Hollow, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.8 miles long (Headwaters to Hurricane Creek)
Long Devil's Fork, Newton County, 7 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)
Hurricane Creek, Newton / Pope County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 10 miles long (Cub Creek to Big Piney)
Bear Creek - Big Piney Tributary, Johnson County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
 Hotels Near Left Hand Prong:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 22 miles away
Super 8 Russellville, Russellville , 22 miles away
BEST WESTERN Inn, Russellville , 22 miles away
Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Russellville , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Left Hand Prong:
Richland Creek wildernes Post, Pelsor, 1 miles away
Pedestal Rock Scenic Area, Pelsor, 2 miles away
Fairview, Pelsor, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Left Hand Prong:
Boyd Trail, Pope , 0 miles away
Sulphur Trail, Pope , 0 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 1 miles away
Pedestal Rocks Trail, Pope , 2 miles away
Still Hollow Trail, Pope , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Left Hand Prong:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 32 miles away
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 66 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 19 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 25 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 30 miles away

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