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Arkansas whitewater, Big Piney Creek

Newton Johnson county, Walnut to Ft. Douglas section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     16 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Arkansas are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Big Piney Creek in Newton Johnson County is 16 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Harrison, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting your paddling
    muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The wonderful Newton Johnson County scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you're a camper
you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The river winds through the Boston Mountains and you get great scenery. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too. Since you're on this site you  
are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Ozark National Forest is a nice place to stop by, and Big Piney Creek is a spot with many visitors from Deer. These mountains rock, just explore all the enjoyable stuff to do in the Boston Mountains. The Turkey Trail offers hiking at its best, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Boston Cutoff. This is a great river. High temperatures at Big Piney Creek through the warm months are in the 90's, and during the night it cools down to the 60's.

Big Piney Creek, Walnut to Ft. Douglas 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 Big Piney Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Piney Creek:
Haw Creek, Johnson County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4 miles long (Along Highway 23)
Big Piney Creek, Newton Johnson County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Walnut to Ft. Douglas)
Big Piney Creek, Johnson County, 5 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Highway 12to Helton's Farm)
Little Piney Creek, Johnson County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Mt Levi to Hagarville)
Little Buffalo River - East Fork, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 7.3 miles long (Deer to Murray)
Sandy Springs Hollow, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Deer to Murray)
Long Branch, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.5 miles long (Hike in from CR 28 to East Fork Little Buffalo)
Bear Creek - Big Piney Tributary, Johnson County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
Shop Creek - West Fork, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Alum Cove Creek to Parthenon)
 Hotels Near Big Piney Creek:
Quality Inn & Suites Clarksville, Clarksville , 19 miles away
Best Western Sherwood Inn, Clarksville , 19 miles away
Super 8 Clarksville AR, Clarksville , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CLARKSVILLE, Clarksville , 21 miles away
Hampton Inn Clarksville, Clarksville , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Piney Creek:
Haw Creek Falls, Hagarville, 4 miles away
Hurricane Creek Wilderness, Hagarville, 5 miles away
Ozone, Ozone, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Big Piney Creek:
Turkey Trail, Newton , 4 miles away
Boston Cutoff, Newton , 6 miles away
Peggy Steep Trail, Johnson , 7 miles away
Grassy Point Trail, Johnson , 8 miles away
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Piney Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 31 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 3 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Piney Creek
Lake Ludwig, Johnson , 16 miles away

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