Sandy Springs Hollow - Headwaters to EFLB (2 miles)

Sandy Springs Hollow, Arkansas, US


Headwaters to EFLB (2 miles) ('Mystery Creek' - 'Upper EFLB')

Usual Difficulty III-IV+ (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 180 fpm
Max Gradient 320 fpm

Rooster's Two Step

Rooster's Two Step
Photo of Ray Skinner by Scott Hanshaw taken 11-2004

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Little Buffalo
virtual-45503 5.20 - 10.00 ft III-IV+ 00h48m 2.695 ft (too low)

River Description

Note:  The combination of Steep banks and storms tend to clog the creek with wood from time to time, so keep look out.

Put-in: Go North on County Road 8872 from Hwy 16 for 1.7 miles and take the road to the right to descend the hill. At the bottom, follow to the left and park at the end. (elevation ~1850). This road is no longer maintained and may have wash-outs as it descends the hill.

Take-out: Option 1) Carry up the road at the put-in for the standard EFLB run. This road is passable for an ATV.
Option 2) Paddle down the main East Fork Little Buffalo to Murray. This run will be kickin' and offer some big water features near the bottom. Be on the look out for Johnson's Falls.

The creek is the cousin of Barberry Creek which is located on the West side of Heydenrich Road and joins Sandy Springs/EFLB at the standard putin for the East Fork Little Buffalo run.

Sandy is mainly boulder drops with a few bedrock drops, Barberry is mainly bedrock drops with a few boulder drops. 

Highlight is 'Rooster's Two Step'. Stairsteping 12+ foot waterfall with a curving slide entrance.

See more info on the Ozark Whitewater Page for Sandy Springs Hollow (aka Mystery Creek).


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Last Updated: 2017-04-03 17:04:35


Rooster's Two Step

Detail Trip Report  Rooster's Two Step  Sandy Springs Hollow, AR(33.75KB .jpeg)

Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

Look for 2" or more rain at Deer within the last 12 hours.

Also look for the Buffalo at Boxley gauge to be > 6.0 ft.

You can drive down to put-in to check the water level in it. A rarity for an Ozark steep creek of this small size.


Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Little Buffalo
virtual-45503 5.20 - 10.00 ft III-IV+ 00h48m 2.695 ft (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
5.20 -10.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable III-IV+

Report - Reports of Sandy Springs Hollow Headwaters to EFLB (2 miles) and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.


When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Sandy Springs Hollow [AR] Rooster's Two Step n/a Lance Jones



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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.1Swimmin' HoleIIIWaterfall
0.3Sandy's Squeeze BoxIV+Hazard
0.4Sandy's CrackIVHazard
0.6Rooster's Two StepIVWaterfall
1.0Upper EFLB confluenceN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Swimmin' Hole (Class III, Mile 0.1)

The bedrock ends at the entrance to the gorge  over this 5-ft autoboof waterfall/ledge into a small pool.  The majority of the creek is boulder rapids from here on down.

Sandy's Squeeze Box (Class IV+, Mile 0.3)

The first large boulders in the creek signal this double drop.  First is a choice for the tight slot in the middle or on the right followed by the wider bottom slot.

Sandy's Crack (Class IV, Mile 0.4)

Most of the flow funnels into a shale/slate crack against the left wall.  Watch out for the sharp rock.

Rooster's Two Step (Class IV, Mile 0.6)

Creek turns to the left then drops off a 3-foot step into the 10-12 foot waterfall.


Several good class IV boulder drops from here to the confluence with the upper EFLB.


Ray Skinner doin' the two-step

Upper EFLB confluence (Class N/A, Mile 1.0)

The upper EFLB joins from river right to double the flow at the bottom of the last class IV rapid.  the next mile to the normal EFLB putin at Barberry Creek is mellowed out to class II-III.

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 Headwaters to EFLB (2 miles), Sandy Springs Hollow Arkansas, US (mobile)