Richland Creek Campground Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Witts Springs, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Richland Creek NF primitive campground is nestled next to the Richland Creek drainage. It is a gorgeous little valley with crystal clear swimming holes, waterfalls, and unofficial hiking trails. Falling water road leads into the campsite off of hwy 16. Two great waterfalls are visible or just off the road. Several other falls are readily found with some hiking. Richland Creek offers some serious white water kayaking with spring rains.
Cross a small stream to stay south of Richland creek to find the trail. The trail is rugged but easy to follow and takes about 1-1.5 hours to get to a campsite. Find a away to cross Richland creek at the campsite, which may be difficult unless you just take a plunge and swim when the creek is high. Once you cross the creek follow a small stream to the double waterfalls. Also cross the creek and follow Richland creek to a smaller waterfall. Well worth your time, I have camped here twice. The first time we got mixed up and crossed Richland creek at the trail head, which put us on the north side of the creek. Do not hike on the north side, it is nearly impossible and dangerous to make it. If you hike up on top of the double waterfalls you can hike straight up the mountain between the two streams to find the sand stone castle, which is worth the steep incline if you have time. The campsite at the trail head is primitive with some fire rings and an out house.
I absolutely loved camping at Richland Creek! We did not stay in the campground. We actually stayed across the bridge in a real primitive location. There are many different locations to camp across the bridge that have only a rock fire ring. The water was gorgeous! We did some hiking but didn't make it to the falls because we fell short on time. Make sure that you bring firewood from a surrounding community or that you gather enough from the forest before dark. It was very cold in the afternoons!! Also remember that it's a 30 min drive to Witts Springs and they do not have any sort of grocery store and it's the closest place to be able to have cell service.
Excellent primitive campground. nice trailhead to some of the best hiking in Arkansas
I LOVE THIS PLACE !!!
I LOVE THIS PLACE
And the camping is still free !!!!
Great place to camp and hike.
One of my favorite spots in Arkansas! A great place to set up a base camp and explore the amazing area that surrounds this gem. I've seen the popularity surge in the last 15 years or so, but it's still relatively remote and sparsely used. Can't go wrong with this area!
Richland Creek NF campground is a great setting along a large creek/small river that offers thousands of acres to explore, hike and swim. Great area to stage from when hiking and doing other outdoor activities.