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Arkansas whitewater, Hart Creek

Crawford county, to Highway 220 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     4 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. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Fort Smith, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful scenery of Crawford County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Hart Creek is 4 miles long and is a class
    III-IV(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater paddling here in the Boston Mountains is a great experience. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book
a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling  
places. The to Highway 220 section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Devil's Den State Park are perfect to visit, and at Hart Creek you always meet someone from Chester. This place, the Boston Mountains, has so much outdoors cool things. There's pleasant hiking along the Butterfield Hiking Trail, and Lake Fort Smith State Park is a great spot to visit. This river is a great place to visit. A visit to Hart Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Whiskey Spring. Lots of precipitation falls at Hart Creek.

Hart Creek, to Highway 220 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 Hart Creek.
 Whitewater Near Hart Creek:
Hart Creek, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 3 miles long (Highway 220 to NFS Access)
Ben Doodle Branch, Crawford County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Camping area to Highway 220)
Lee Creek, Crawford Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.4 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Fall Creek, Washington / Crawford County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 12 miles long (Strickler to Lee Creek)
Blackburn Creek, Crawford County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Devils Den State Park to Highway 220)
Cedar Creek - East Fork, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.8 miles long (Hobbitown to Cedar Creek)
Cedar Creek - West Fork, Crawford County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 1.9 miles long (Highway 162 to Cedar Creek)
Clear Creek, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Chester to Mountainburg)
Frog Bayou, Crawford County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Lancaster Bridge to Rudy)
 Marinas Near Hart Creek:
Wildcat Marina, Van Buren , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Hart Creek:
Quality Inn & Suites, Alma , 13 miles away
Days Inn Alma, Alma , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Van Buren, Van Buren , 14 miles away
Best Western Van Buren Inn, Van Buren , 14 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren, Van Buren , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hart Creek:
Devil's Den State Park, West Fork, 5 miles away
Alma KOA Kampground, Alma, 12 miles away
KOA Campgrounds, Alma, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Hart Creek:
Butterfield Hiking Trail, Crawford , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hart Creek:
George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond - MO , 64 miles away
Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas , 5 miles away
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Arkansas , 11 miles away
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hart Creek:
Cedars Country Club, Van Buren , 15 miles away
Eagle Crest Golf Course, Alma , 15 miles away
River Valley Golf, Alma , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Hart Creek
Lee Creek Reservoir, Crawford , 14 miles away
Hollis Lake, Crawford , 18 miles away
Wildcat Mountain Lake, Sebastian , 19 miles away

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