Richland Creek Campground Trail

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Richland Creek Wilderness

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 rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 295 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


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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.

25 days ago

Rocky, great place to explore. We went in summer, not many people camping but we were able to wade and fish.

29 days ago

over grown
10 months ago

Mon Oct 29 2018

10-2018- need plenty of time ands probably can't get to falls if water very high at richland campground. start early. 2.5 mile hike in. take ar 16 off 7.

Thu Dec 21 2017

Beautiful Hike. Be prepared to get wet when crossing the creek and yes its cold. We went during the summer so there was overgrowth, and the trail seemed to fade away in certain spots, but sooner or later we ended up back on it. We just stayed close to the creek. It also was a wet week so it was a bit slippery and had areas where minor landslides occured. Campground was perfect. Beautiful creek just below. Traveled with 2 adults and a dog. Dog loved it, but was ready to rest after the waterfall. As always, be careful of wildlife, we encountered a copperhead on the trail. Our original plan was to hike to Twin Falls, but the second creek was moving just a little too high and fast for us, so we hope to visit again during a drier/colder time. This trip was a bit more than we expected, but definitely worth it and we look forward to our next visit.

Fri Nov 17 2017

Beautiful all the way. And the waterfall at the end is just amazing. It’s a bit tricky crossing Falling Water Creek to get on the trail when the water is up...we trekked up stream til we found a way across (almost a mile). Lots to see around there—we’ll be back!

Sun Aug 28 2016

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.

Sun May 10 2015

Excellent primitive campground. nice trailhead to some of the best hiking in Arkansas

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Mon Sep 29 2014

I LOVE THIS PLACE And the camping is still free !!!!

Sun Mar 02 2014

Great place to camp and hike.

Wed Oct 23 2013

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!

Wed Dec 26 2012

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.

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