|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(DIFFICULT - SEVERE)
|Highest Elevation:||1070 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Clarksville|
|Official Road Name:||Creek Road|
|Management Agency:||Ozark National Forest|
|District:||Pleasant Hill Ranger District|
Located in Arkansas' beautiful Ozark National Forest, Creek Road - Spainhour Falls is one of the seldom visited gems this natural state has to offer. The road itself has plenty to satisfy an off-roader with ten creek crossings, multiple mudholes, and gorgeous scenery along the way. The cherry on the top is Spainhour Falls at the end of the trail. During the rainy season it has a heavy flow, and drops into a beautiful pool of water below that is perfect for a cool swim.
Rocky or undulated road surface. Rocks and less than 54" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 54" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 10' foot. Tire placement not good. Can be steep and off-camber.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead begins at the intersection of County Road 182 and Creek Road.
The first of ten creek crossings is only 0.1 miles into the road.
There is an unknown road here on the left. It is not on the MVUM nor was it on my GAIS GPS map. Stay straight.
This is the second of ten creek crossings. Some of the smaller creek crossings are tributaries to Spadra Creek, which is the main creek Spainhour Falls is located on.
Stay right at the Y with the powerlines.
You will pass a gated, closed road on the left here. Stay straight.
Yet another of the smaller creek crossings.
This is one of the deeper creek crossings in the rainy season. Just before you get to this crossing, if there has been enough rain, there will be a small waterfall coming off the bluff on your right.
This is a wider and shallower crossing when it is flowing.
The sixth creek crossing is here, just past the intersection with FR 94345G. Stay straight.
This creek crossing has some good flow in the rainy season. Are you starting to see why they call this "Creek Road"?
The eighth creek crossing is here, and is one of the smaller ones.
Creek crossing number nine can be deep. Proceed with caution when flowing, there have been some large boulders moved around in this one.
As of July 1st, 2019 the side of the creek bed has started to erode and could result in wider vehicles falling into the creek bed if the wall collapses. DO NOT PROCEED through this section until further notice! Watch out here, the road gets very narrow and there will be trees on your left to avoid. A spotter here could make the difference between passing through, and dropping off into the ten foot deep creek bed.
This is not typically a deep crossing, just watch for larger rocks that have been moved by the water. There is a very cool looking root system on the tree that is growing in the creek.
The trail dead ends at Spainhour Falls. It is gorgeous during the rainy season, but even during dry months some water is flowing into the pool below.
Starting Point: Clarksville
Dispersed camping is permitted on Creek Road and nearby Forest Service roads. Waypoint 16, beside Spainhour Falls, is perfect for dispersed camping. Someone has built a fire pit here, and there is room for 4 or 5 vehicles to park and camp. PLEASE TAKE OUT YOUR TRASH and leave the site cleaner than you found it.