Possum Trot Hollow - Nail to Walnut

Possum Trot Hollow, Arkansas, US


Nail to Walnut

Usual Difficulty II-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 1.3 Miles
Avg. Gradient 255 fpm
Max Gradient 420 fpm


Photo taken 05/19/11

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Little Buffalo
virtual-45503 5.00 - 10.00 ft II-V+ 00h44m ~ 1.295 ft (too low)

River Description

The creek has 2 speeds: Class II or Class V+.  Follow a small feeder creek down from Hwy 16.  Might be able to slide down a portion of this creek if enough water, but beware of the main creek if there is.

Once reaching the main creek, elevation 1530 msl, it starts of as fast class II-III for 0.4 miles.  Once the first large boulders appear in the creekbed it transitions into a 0.6 mile long Class V-V+ cascade.  The individual drops are piled on top of the next and most have a significant sieve or pin hazard to beware of.

Once the Class V ends, it is back to Class II for the remaining 0.3 miles until Walnut Creek, then 3.5 more miles of Class II to the take-out bridge.

Put-in:  Park at a pull-off on the North side of Hwy 16 (1.6 miles West of the Nail store and water tower) (35.841374, -93.306446).  This .25 mile section of Hwy is only section with National Forest Land access to the creek without crossing private property.  Carry across the road to the South and follow the small drainage .75 miles down to the main creek.

Take-out: From the Nail Store, take CR 7510 and turn left on CR 7520 to South to CR 7549, turn right then left on and park at the CR 7540 and park near the bridge at Walnut Creek.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-05-22 15:34:47


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
-0.8Put-in ParkingN/APutin
0.3Undercut #1VPortage Hazard
0.4Slot #1IVHazard Photo
0.4Multi-tier #1VHazard Photo
0.5Boulder WaterfallVHazard Waterfall Photo
0.5WTL?VPortage Hazard Photo
0.6Manky #1VHazard
0.7Hydraulic UndercutVHazard
0.7Big BoofIV+
0.8ImpressiveVPortage Hazard
0.8Manky #2IV+
1.3Walnut CreekII

Rapid Descriptions

Put-in Parking (Class N/A, Mile -0.8)

Park Here to carry down to creek

Undercut #1 (Class V, Mile 0.3)

Entrance drop to the gorge.  River right boulder is severely undercut

Slot #1 (Class IV, Mile 0.4)


Photo taken 05/19/11

Narrow slot with pin potential

Multi-tier #1 (Class V, Mile 0.4)


Photo taken 05/19/11

Two step entry options followed by 4 steps.

Boulder Waterfall (Class V, Mile 0.5)


Photo taken 05/19/11

Tight slot entrance to a waterfall over a boulder

WTL? (Class V, Mile 0.5)


Photo taken 05/19/11

Main flow to the right falls into sieves.  Left side boof into boat sized landing zone.

Manky #1 (Class V, Mile 0.6)

Gradient eases a tad as the mank increases.

Big Boof (Class IV+, Mile 0.7)

10-foot boof ledge

Impressive (Class V, Mile 0.8)

Slot drop into sieves/holes

Manky #2 (Class IV+, Mile 0.8)

Finish the gorge with a little more mank.

Walnut Creek (Class II, Mile 1.3)

Confluence with Walnut Creek.

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