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: waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07340300.

I absolutely loved it here. Clear, clean, drinkable, sweet, spring water! My kids swam here and loved it. It was hard finding the marked trail, but there is one. You can get lost here so be careful, but follow the water and you should be fine. You can kayak here as well as camp and depending on where you are, fishing is also an option. Make sure to go up the mountain on a full tank. Nearest gas station is a 15 min drive away depending on what side of the mountain you are on. The view is beautiful and so serene.

Great trail for any hiker. Short trail with beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

great for a morning hike, excellent veiw points

great for your family very nice.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked only 3 miles near the Cossatot falls and my tracker logged it as climbing 36 flights of stairs. Narrow trail very close to drop offs in many areas by the falls so those with young children should beware. Bridges over streams make for an easy impromptu hike. Lovely overlooks. Clean, well maintained trail

Hiked this in the rain, it was great seeing all the raging waters of Harris Creek intersect the Cassotot river. excellent vitsa points. whatch your step, some of the uphill trail has loose shale

Monday, October 09, 2017

A good mix of easy and moderate hiking in a beautiful setting.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It was just "alright." The trail is pretty hard to pickup after the Watershed Vista if you are starting from the Shale Pit. We just happened to find the next blue blaze when we decided to give up and head back the way we came, so- warning on that one. The vista for the river was the highlight and it is beautiful, so that made up for our troubles. Seed ticks are REALLY bad. We discovered we had them while going down the highway and had to pull over for 15 minutes to try to get them off. Bring duct tape for them!

Beautiful however the park has closed down a large section of it temporarily to perform repairs on a bridge so you can't backpack the entire trail. Very disappointed since I called ahead of time to ensure that the trail was in good condition and open. Lots of ticks. Get some spray!

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Beautiful views! LOTS of ticks!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Only problem is ticks like picked about 25 off of me so ya tick spray lol

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great day hike. Awsome views of creeks!!! wild hogs near creek. would do it again.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

great day hike for family with kids.

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.

birding
Saturday, January 02, 2016

Great trail for when you don't have a full day. There are some beautiful views.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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