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Arkansas whitewater, Big Piney Creek

Johnson county, Highway 12to Helton's Farm section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     10 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Johnson County and the water flowing gracefully down Big Piney Creek have people coming here. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Harrison, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Big Piney Creek is 10 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II+ section. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Not too many hotels
    nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. For all you camping
people there are campgrounds nearby. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The Boston Mountains scenery is wonderful. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arkansas are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers  
in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.

Briefly about the general area:
Big Piney Creek is right by the Grassy Point Trail, and a visit to Ozark National Forest invigorates the spirit. You definitely have to adore the Boston Mountains. Hiking along the Gunter Trail is nice fun. The high level of rainfall makes Big Piney Creek a reasonably wet place. The month with most of the rain is May, and January is when it's the driest. At Big Piney Creek during the warm months highs are in the 90's, and the night is somewhat cooler of course, usually in the 60's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 40's; overnight lows at Big Piney Creek through the winter mostly fall into the 20's.

Big Piney Creek, Highway 12to Helton's Farm 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:
Big Piney Creek, Johnson County, 3 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Highway 12to Helton's Farm)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Helton's Farm to Long Pool Campground)
Graves Creek, Pope County, 3 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.9 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
Bear Creek - Big Piney Tributary, Johnson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
Haw Creek, Johnson County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4 miles long (Along Highway 23)
Big Piney Creek, Pope County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 4.4 miles long (Long Pool Campground to Highway 164)
Little Piney Creek, Johnson County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Mt Levi to Hagarville)
Hurricane Creek, Newton / Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 10 miles long (Cub Creek to Big Piney)
Boss Hollow, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.8 miles long (Headwaters to Hurricane Creek)
Left Hand Prong, Pope County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8.5 miles long (Headwaters to Victor Road)
 Marinas Near Big Piney Creek:
White River Marina, Spur , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Piney Creek:
Americas Best Value Inn, Russellville , 19 miles away
Clarion Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 19 miles away
Super 8 Russellville, Russellville , 19 miles away
Best Western Inn, Russellville , 19 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Russellville, Russellville , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Piney Creek:
Hurricane Creek Wilderness, Hagarville, 3 miles away
Haw Creek Falls, Hagarville, 5 miles away
Long Pool, Dover, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Big Piney Creek:
Grassy Point Trail, Johnson , 3 miles away
Gunter Trail, Pope , 6 miles away
Silver Point Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
Cherry Ridge Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
Still Hollow Trail, Pope , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Piney Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 34 miles away
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs - AR , 65 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 8 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 20 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Piney Creek
Lake Russellville, Pope , 17 miles away
Lake Ludwig, Johnson , 19 miles away

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