Falling Water Creek, Arkansas, US
Falling Water Falls to Richland Campground (7 miles)
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Falling Water Falls
Falling Water FallsPhoto of Jessica Robinson by Jesse Scribner taken 07/03/04
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
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
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
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Last Updated: 2017-04-03 14:38:30