Creek Road - Spainhour Falls

Clarksville, Arkansas (Johnson County)

Last Updated: 02/05/2020
4.4 / 5 ( 10 reviews )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 1070 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Clarksville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Clarksville
Official Road Name: Creek Road
Management Agency: Ozark National Forest
District: Pleasant Hill Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Creek Road - Spainhour Falls
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.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(DIFFICULT - SEVERE)

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0.00 mi)
The trailhead begins at the intersection of County Road 182 and Creek Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 35.578933, -93.479197

Starting Point: Clarksville

Head north on N College Ave toward W Cherry St 0.6 mi, Continue straight onto N College Ave/Stillwell Rd Continue to follow N College Ave 1.3 mi, Continue onto Co Rd 3451/Co Rd 77 4.0 mi, Turn left onto Lone Pine Rd 0.7 mi, Turn right onto Co Rd 4418 1.1 mi, Turn left onto Co Rd 182 0.7 mi, Turn left onto Creek Rd / Forrest Service Rd 1422A. Creek Road trailhead begins here.

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Trail Reviews (12)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I see it shows closed on the USFS interactive visitor map, but we will confirm before showing it closed, as this is also a county road.

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Status: Permanently Closed
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Sadly this trail is now closed and illegal on the new 2020 MVU Map. :-(

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Status: Open
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Rode the trail today all the way to the fall in my jeep. No problems. Not much water in the crossings. Several mud holes. Great quick day trip. Couple of tight spots that might make it hard for a truck but doable. Fall was great!

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Status: Open
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Great trail! Lots and lots of water when we were there so the creek crossings were fun. Great out of the way place to camp for our three day weekend.

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Status: Open
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Fairly easy, (however I do drive a Rubicon hardrock edition..)for most part.. it was dry, no water crossings and no water even dripping from fall area . Drove 4 miles and which point tight area to turn around. . Just have to pay attention to the trail and trees in some areas. . Horseflies were brutal..🤣

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Please do not proceed past Waypoint 14 until further notice. The creek is undercutting the wall of the creek bed and it has become unstable. One person has already had their right front tire collapse off the edge.

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Status: Open
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Just kinda a update .. the mudhole towards the end isn’t that bad but does have a good bypass around it, but as you should always do if your not sure about a hole scout it it before just bailing off in it. also the tree bypass just before the falls has opened up quite a bit so it’s no real issue . I was in a bigger vehicle, a 100 series cruiser and had zero issues .. I have a 4wd tundra as well and would probably just stop at the tree if in it and just walk the few hundred yards to the falls. I drove a little over 1/4 mile past the falls until the road narrowed down quite a bit and turned around . Theres a series of smaller water falls , a spring and old home place on up the creek from there but I didnt have the time to hike into on this trip.

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Status: Open
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Last 200 yards is blocked with fallen trees in a few places. Looks like a bypass trail is being formed that a Jeep could make it through, but my fat butt Raptor couldn’t. It was a nice hike though. Definitely have some pin stripes that will need to be buffed out this weekend.

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Status: Open
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Beautiful trail, very scenic! A friend and I went and camped at the falls, but as of right now there is one warning. At ablout 300 yards from the falls there is a huge tree down across the trail so there is an alternate trail that snakes down and then back uphill. We instantly lost traction (even with mudtires) and it took us about 45 minutes to an hour to get back uphill with traction boards. The way back down is even worse because you are driving on an already tore up trail. And you risk sliding into trees or worse, the creek which is about 20 feet down. My warning. If that big tree is stilll down, DO NOT go if you don’t have either a winch, or traction boards and it’s best not to go alone. It took my friend and I into full recovery mode, and took about 2 hours to go 70 feet. Both of us slid into trees and he busted his taillight and I ripped my right rear bumper panel off. My wife and I are going to try to go Cut that tree out of the way in a few weeks, but if you go, don’t be in a hurry.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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My wife and I went to Oark Store for lunch, then went to Spainhour Falls on the way back. Beautiful drive along the Mulberry River from Oark to Highway 21, then back west along Batson Road from Ozone, then south on Apple Road to just west of the trailhead. Nice, relatively easy trail with only one spot where I felt I needed 4WD ( a mudhole that was about 18" deep near the north end of the trail). Good flow in the creek at the falls. There are several stream crossings, but all but 3 or 4 were dry. Many mud holes, but all except the one were relatively shallow with good rock bottoms.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This is a wonderful trail with lots of scenery. The day I went was following 3 days of intermittent heavy rain storms. There were several water crossings, some of which were fairly deep and had heavy flow. I have a Jeep Wrangler with a 3" lift and 35's so the water crossing were fun for me. A stock Jeep probably would have been fine and could definitely make it during the dry season. There were also several waterfalls coming of the ravine walls for one too enjoy as well. The falls are especially beautiful and worth the trip. I definitely recommend putting this trail on your list, but I would suggest waiting until after a heavy rain to see the true potential this trail has to offer.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This trip was in the Spring, and there was plenty of water flowing through the creek crossings and at Spainhour Falls. It was a gorgeous trip. There was a secondary waterfall coming off the cliff at the fourth creek crossing (waypoint 8).

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Does anyone know about the current condition of the part of the trail that has been eroding? Just looking at some of the recent reviews, it looks like people have been making it past this point in relatively wide vehicles. Just wondering because I am considering doing this trail in the near future and want to know if anyone can give me a heads up on what to expect.
–Thomas Vallery (12/06/2019)
–David Griffin (12/16/2019)
Q: I have a Subaru Tribeca, I know that it has more clearance than any stock Subarus...Do you think that I could make this trip in it or would you advise against it. Thanks
–ryan (12/17/2018)
–Shawn Ayres (01/02/2019)
Q: I have a 4x4 Ford F-150 with a 2in lift in the front with decent tires is it something I could do without getting stuck
–Kevin (10/23/2018)
–Brooks Booher (10/24/2018)

Writer Information

Shawn Ayres

Mapping Crew - Arkansas

Shawn is a native of Arkansas, and enjoys camping, exploring the National Forests, chasing waterfalls, and canoeing/kayaking. His wife and family love to accompany him on most of his outdoor adventures. He is also an avid rock-crawler, and can be found at the local off-road park any chance he gets. Having been a trail guide there, he knows the trails well, and enjoys showing new guys the ropes.
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