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Difficulty II-III+(IV)
Length 7 Miles
Gauge Richland Creek near Witts Spring, AR
Flow Range 3.50 - 6.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 51 minutes ago 1.63 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/03/2017 2:38 pm

River Description


Note: The combination of steep banks and lots of dead red oak trees (thanks to the borer beetle infestation) tend to clog the creek with wood from time to time, so keep a look out.

Put-in: Go East on Hwy 16 from Ben Hur for 1.5 miles and turn onto Upper Falling Water Road (NFS 1205) and following to the Falls on the side of the road. There is limited parking along the road and several primitive camping/parking spots upstream a few hundred feet.

Take-out: Continue downstream to the NFS Richland Creek Campground. This road will parallel Falling Water Creek most of the way. Multiple access points are available along the road. This road can also be reached by taking Falling Water Road(NFS 1313) farther East off Hwy 16. Or from Searcy County Road 265 (NFS 1219) from Hwy 16 near Witts Spring.

Falling Water road will cross the creek about halfway between the Falls and the campground. At lower levels, many opt to just run from the bridge down.

The Falls are the highlight (10-12 feet) with the rapid immediately below being the most difficult. It offers an undercut on the right and tight slots for pinning elsewhere. The other significant rapids include the shoals below the bridge, which can develop powerful hydraulics and 'The Grotto' just before reaching the campground.

At medium to high water levels, the shoals (especially below the bridge half-way down) offer some fun play.

 

Rapid Descriptions

Put-in

Class - Mile - 0
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Put-in above the falls. Park in the pull-out above the falls or at the primitive campsites above the falls

Falls run-out

Class - IV Mile - 0.1
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Most difficult and potentially dangerous rapid on the creek. Most portage. Main flow is down the right with an undercut and pin-rocks to deal with.

Falling Water Falls

Class - III Mile - 0.1
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Can't miss this roadside drop. Drop is straight forward. Can plug, boof or freewheel. Watch the hydraulic at higher flows. Easy to carry up and run multiple times.

Upper Gorge

Class - III Mile - 0.2
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Below the falls, the creek drops away from the road into a 1 mile long section of fun technical class II-III drops with a remote feel.

Bailey Cole Confluence

Class - Mile - 2
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Alternate access below the upper gorge is available near the confluence with Bailey Cole Creek via some primative camp sites along the road. Some nice surf spots are located below here.

Low-water Bridge

Class - Mile - 3
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Alternate access point.

Bedrock Gorge

Class - III Mile - 3.1
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Below the low-water bridge, the creek runs through a 0.75 mile long section of bedrock which forms numerous ledges and with lots of surfing spots. Beware of some of the hydraulics at high water levels. The bedrock ends at 6-Finger Falls.

Six Finger Falls

Class - III Mile - 3.8
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Six foot tall steep slide/falls with several chutes to chose from. The right side contains a boulder at the bottom to deal with.

Lower Campsite

Class - Mile - 4.6
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Alternate access point. Below here the creek drops below and away from the road on its way to Richland Creek.

Lower Gorge

Class - III Mile - 4.6
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2-mile section that drops below and away from the road. Similar remote gorge feel as the upper gorge, but rapids aren't as tight. The Grotto awaits near the bottom with a shallow but grabby hydrauic. Watch for wood in the willowy sections.

The Grotto

Class - III Mile - 6.2
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Main drop of the lower gorge. A shallow grabby hole awaits at the bottom.

Richland Creek Campground

Class - Mile - 6.8
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Confluence with Richland Creek at the campground. Take out here or continue through one more rapid to the campground bridge.

Campground Bridge

Class - Mile - 7
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Comments

Gage Descriptions

Gauge is at the take-out, Richland Campground, bridge just below the confluence of Falling Water Creek and Richland Creek.

Check out the level predictor chart to help estimate levels up to 2 days later.

 

Permits

NA

Directions Description


Put-in: Go East on Hwy 16 from Ben Hur for 1.5 miles and turn onto Upper Falling Water Road (NFS 1205) and following to the Falls on the side of the road. There is limited parking along the road and several primitive camping/parking spots upstream a few hundred feet.

Take-out: Continue downstream to the NFS Richland Creek Campground. This road will parallel Falling Water Creek most of the way. Multiple access points are available along the road. This road can also be reached by taking Falling Water Road(NFS 1313) farther East off Hwy 16. Or from Searcy County road 265 (NFS 1219) from Hwy 16 near Witts Spring.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1189887 01/24/09 Lance Jones
1197529 04/07/10 Lance Jones
1197433 03/23/10 Lance Jones
1203227 04/07/14 Lance Jones
1207397 04/03/17 Lance Jones
1203073 02/15/14 Rob Remove old ref.to road closure (open as of 9/2012 per arkansascanoeclub.com/)