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Arkansas whitewater, Sulphur Creek

Searcy county, Southern Fork to Richland Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V(V+)     6 miles
  The wonderful Searcy County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Sulphur Creek have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This stretch of Sulphur Creek is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V(V+) section. This is a
    pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. The river winds through the Boston Mountains and you get great scenery. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are
lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Harrison, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Southern Fork to Richland  
Creek section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There's camping available near Sulphur Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
There's wonderful hiking along the Pedestal Rocks Trail, and a tremendous site is Bearcat Hollow. You'll truly wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining things in the Boston Mountains. Don't leave Sulphur Creek without first going for a hike along the Hideout Trail. Sulphur Creek is not far at all from Witts Springs. Sulphur Creek is a wet place that gets a good deal of rainfall. The wettest month of the year is commonly May, that's the one that rains the most, and January is the month with the least moisture.

Sulphur Creek, Southern Fork to Richland Creek 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 Sulphur Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sulphur Creek:
Sulphur Creek, Searcy County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Southern Fork to Richland Creek)
Richland Creek, Searcy County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Richland Creek Campground to NFR 1201)
Bobtail Creek, Searcy County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2.75 miles long (FS 1219A to Richland Creek)
Big Devil's Fork, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4.75 miles long (Hill Cemetery to Richland Creek Campground)
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 15.3 miles long (Woolum to Tyler Bend)
Long Devil's Fork, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5 miles long (Hike in from CR 32 to Richland Creek Campground)
Richland Creek, Newton/Searcy County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 6.2 miles long (Moore to Richland Creek Campground)
Falling Water Creek, Pope/Searcy County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground)
Falls Branch, Newton County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 9 miles long (Tarlton Flats to NFS Road 1200 Close to Bass)
Buffalo River, Searcy County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Tyler Bend to Gilbert)
 Hotels Near Sulphur Creek:
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 26 miles away
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Harrison , 26 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRISON, Harrison , 27 miles away
Quality Inn Harrison, Harrison , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sulphur Creek:
Richland Creek, Witts Springs, 5 miles away
Buffalo National River - Woolum, Gilbert, 6 miles away
Pedestal Rock Scenic Area, Pelsor, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Sulphur Creek:
Hideout Trail, Newton , 9 miles away
Pedestal Rocks Trail, Pope , 12 miles away
Sulphur Trail, Pope , 14 miles away
Boyd Trail, Pope , 14 miles away
Mail Trail, Pope , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sulphur Creek:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 26 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 31 miles away
Bull Shoals State Park, Arkansas , 36 miles away
Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sulphur Creek:
Lost Mine Golf Course, Marshall , 11 miles away
Searcy County Golf Club Ironhead Course, Marshall , 17 miles away

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