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Arkansas whitewater, Stepp Creek

Newton county, Gum Branch to ELFB section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+     1.25 miles
  The natural beauty of Arkansas and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Harrison, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Gum Branch to ELFB stretch of Stepp Creek is 1.25 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater. 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. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Whitewater
paddling here in the Boston Mountains is a great experience. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Arkansas is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.  
This is a very short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
Watson Hollow is close to Stepp Creek and is a tremendous place, and there are great places to look at along the Alum Cove National Recreation Trail. Be careful coming to the Boston Mountains, you might not ever wanna go home again. Here at Stepp Creek there are plenty of people from Deer, and you can go for a hike on the Turkey Trail. A river like this is too good to miss. Ozark National Forest is a glorious place to go if you're at Stepp Creek.

Stepp Creek, Gum Branch to ELFB 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 Stepp Creek.
 Whitewater Near Stepp Creek:
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
Long Branch, Newton County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.5 miles long (Hike in from CR 28 to East Fork Little Buffalo)
Little Buffalo River - East Fork, Newton County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 7.3 miles long (Deer to Murray)
Boen Gulf Branch, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 10.4 miles long (Headwaters to Buffalo River)
Big Piney Creek, Newton Johnson County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Walnut to Ft. Douglas)
Sandy Springs Hollow, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Deer to Murray)
Shop Creek - West Fork, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Alum Cove Creek to Parthenon)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 6.1 miles long (Boxley to Ponca)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 10.6 miles long (Ponca to Kyles)
Adkins / Hailstone Creek, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Dixon Ridge Road to Highway 21 bridge)
 Hotels Near Stepp Creek:
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 25 miles away
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Harrison , 25 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Clarksville, Clarksville , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN Sherwood Inn, Clarksville , 25 miles away
Super 8 Harrison AR, Harrison , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stepp Creek:
Buffalo National River - Lost Valley, Ponca, 8 miles away
Buffalo National River - Steel Creek, Compton, 10 miles away
Buffalo National River - Kyles Landing, Compton, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Stepp Creek:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 6 miles away
Turkey Trail, Newton , 7 miles away
Boston Cutoff, Newton , 9 miles away
Peggy Steep Trail, Johnson , 12 miles away
Grassy Point Trail, Johnson , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stepp Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 25 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 33 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Stepp Creek
Beaver Lodge Lake, Boone , 19 miles away

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