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.

hiking
6 days ago

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!

hiking
23 days ago

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
1 month ago

Beautiful views! LOTS of ticks!!

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

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.