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Arkansas whitewater, Sandy Springs Hollow

Newton county, Deer to Murray section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     2 miles
  This stretch of Sandy Springs Hollow in Newton County is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV+ section. The average Arkansas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations
    you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a somewhat short section so better bring some good walking shoes. The scenic beauty of Arkansas and the cool fresh water beats anything. Since you're on this site you are probably
into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Deer to Murray stretch is one of them. The campgrounds here at Sandy Springs Hollow are pretty good. If you're coming from Harrison it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful  
Boston Mountains scenery is an added bonus. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Sandy Springs Hollow is right by the Turkey Trail; Sandy Springs Hollow is another great location to pop by close by. Just can't get enough of the Boston Mountains. The Alum Cove National Recreation Trail offers hiking at its best, and no need to travel far to pop by out of the ordinary stuff like Natural Bridge. This river is so good. There are plenty of people from Parthenon here at Sandy Springs Hollow.

Sandy Springs Hollow, Deer to Murray 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 Sandy Springs Hollow.
 Whitewater Near Sandy Springs Hollow:
Little Buffalo River - East Fork, Newton County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 7.3 miles long (Deer to Murray)
Sandy Springs Hollow, Newton County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Deer to Murray)
Long Branch, Newton County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.5 miles long (Hike in from CR 28 to East Fork Little Buffalo)
Shop Creek - West Fork, Newton County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Alum Cove Creek to Parthenon)
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
Hurricane Creek, Newton / Pope County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 10 miles long (Cub Creek to Big Piney)
Big Piney Creek, Newton Johnson County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 16 miles long (Walnut to Ft. Douglas)
Big Piney Creek, Johnson County, 9 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Highway 12to Helton's Farm)
Bear Creek - Big Piney Tributary, Johnson County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Headwaters to Big Piney Creek)
Boulder Creek, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Headwaters to Henson Creek)
 Hotels Near Sandy Springs Hollow:
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 24 miles away
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Harrison , 24 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRISON, Harrison , 25 miles away
Quality Inn Harrison, Harrison , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy Springs Hollow:
Dogwood Campground, Jasper, 8 miles away
Hurricane Creek Wilderness, Hagarville, 9 miles away
Haw Creek Falls, Hagarville, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy Springs Hollow:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 2 miles away
Turkey Trail, Newton , 9 miles away
Hurricane Trail, Newton , 11 miles away
Boston Cutoff, Newton , 11 miles away
Cherry Ridge Trail, Pope , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy Springs Hollow:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 24 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 10 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 31 miles away
Mt. Nebo State Park, Arkansas , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy Springs Hollow
Beaver Lodge Lake, Boone , 20 miles away

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