This is a micro creek that runs through the Lost Valley Campground. The creek is fast class II from 0.6 miles above the campground to the Buffalo River. Above the class II section are several class III-V drops. With enough water to be runnable, your put-in destination is the the Natural Bridge (Cave) that the creek flows through.
Park and hike up the trail to the cave. There are a couple nice drops above the cave, but will take a lot of water to make the entrance drop go. Slide in at the top of the cave, split the two rocks, and turn hard right into boat-wide slot. The slot drops a couple feet onto a 20-ft long slide which will set you up for an auto-boof over an 8-foot ledge at the mouth. Carry up the trail for multiple runs or continue the quick class II+ paddle back down to the campground.
Look for 2" or more rain at the Buffalo Tower and Ponca rain gages, as posted on the Buffalo River Rain Gauge Page. Rain must have fallen within the last 6 hours.
Permits are not required for this reach.
This is a short 'park-and-huck' with a carry-up shuttle. Therefore, ignore the shuttle directions below.
You can use the text box to enter your home or other starting location to get drive time, distance, and directions to this area. However, take note that it will direct you to a different park road than the one you want to access the creek. (That is, you want to get to the 'A' location on the default map below. It will direct you to the 'B' location, which is not the most convenient for access.) Thus, you will need to modify the final couple steps of those resultant directions.
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