This park-natural area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River, Arkansas's premier whitewater experience renowned as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America. Located in southwest Arkansas south of Mena, the Cossatot forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV and V rapids. When the water is high, the paddlers are here. This National Wild and Scenic River is a watershed basin with flow levels dependent on rainfall. After significant precipitation, the river level rises, allowing experienced paddlers the opportunity to test their skills in challenging Class IV and V whitewater. At the river's Cossatot Falls area, a rocky canyon with distinct ledges, the river drops 33 feet in elevation within 1/3 of a mile. Late winter to early spring is peak whitewater paddling season here. Class III-V whitewater is for experts only. Floatable river levels are usually limited to late-fall, winter and spring. For river stage information (in feet) from the Highway 246 access, call (870) 387-3141 or visit the U.S. Geological Survey website for Cossatot River real time data at:

Great area to see some of the beautiful scenery along the river. Rocks and boulders create areas along the river where you can walk out and sit at rivers edge and enjoy the water.

It's a great place to feel peace and quiet, in a way rarely experienced on this earth. There's a helpful link here for those who want to learn more!

Well maintained trail with nice camping spots. I hiked a little while then took a swim back near trailhead. I visited The visitor center where their was very helpful and friendly staff! Watch out for slippery rocks when in the water!!!

Great little unofficial trail allows great views of a series of waterfalls/cascades along the river.