Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Richland Creek, Arkansas

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest

Designated Reach:

April 22, 1992. From its origin to the northern boundary of section 32, T14N, R18W.


Wild — 5.3 miles; Scenic — 11.2 miles; Total — 16.5 miles.

Richland Creek


Richland Creek Management Plan (2.4 MB PDF)

Photo Credit: Robert Duggan

Richland Creek

Richland Creek is located in Newton and Searcy Counties, Arkansas. Richland Creek Falls, Twin Falls, an upland swamp, fossiliferous limestones and smallmouth bass fishing are some of the features of this Ozark Mountain's stream as it flows through the Richland Creek Wilderness.

Canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing are the primary forms of recreation. The Richland Recreation Area is heavily used during the summer months for swimming and fishing. The exposed bedrock of the river displays geological formations which are very important to understanding the stratigraphic synthesis of North Arkansas. Exposed fossiliferous limestones and shales represent some of the youngest Mississippian-age rocks in North America.