Big Piney Creek
Big Piney begins in the Ozark National Forest then flows south by southeast about 67 miles through Pope and Johnson Counties to Lake Dardanelle on the Arkansas River. The river is rated class I to III, with many advanced rapids to navigate. With the exception of a couple of popular pull off spots, two campgrounds are available along the route: Haw Creek Falls and Long Pool. Considered by some to be the classic Ozark stream, it tumbles in a twisting course from its rugged headwaters region toward the Arkansas River. With rapids, bluffs and overhanging hardwoods - the Big Piney has it all.
Little Piney Creek
Twenty miles southeast through Hagarville to Lake Dardanelle is Little Piney Creek - a smaller and slightly more gentle version of its sister, Big Piney Creek. Little Piney is a Class I to II, moderate whitewater stream of incredible natural beauty in the Ozark National Forest of Johnson County. Day trips consisting of 5, 7 or 12 miles are a preferred choice and provide a relaxing, scenic float.
Perhaps the only bayou in the country featuring class II/III white water. The Illinois Bayou is actually four streams and recommended only for experienced canoeists.
As an official member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, this 62 mile river offers a superb 45.2 mile whitewater roller coaster with at least 20 significant class I-III rapids to negotiate. From its beginnings, deep in the Ozarks to its confluence with the Arkansas River, the Mulberry pours over ledges, shoots through willow thickets, and whips around sharp turns, giving an exhilarating experience for canoeists. Several campgrounds located along its route provide ample opportunity for overnight trips. There are outfitter services near the most popular points of entry.