Richland Creek Wilderness, AR

US Forest Service

Richland Creek Wilderness

The Richland Creek Wilderness was created by the 1984 Arkansas Wilderness Act and contains 11,801 acres in the middle of the Boston Mountains. One of three wildernesses on the Buffalo Ranger District,...[more]



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The most popular access point to the wilderness is at the Richland Creek Campground located on the eastern edge along Forest Road 1205. From Russellville, take Arkansas Highway 7 north for 37 miles to Pelsor, then turn right (east) on Arkansas Highway 16 and go 10 miles; turn left (north) on Forest Service Road 1205 (gravel) about one mile east of Ben Hur. Take Forest Service Road 1205 north 9 miles to Richland Creek campground which provides access to the wilderness area. Caution: Because of rough roads, visitors are not encouraged to take camping trailers to Richland Creek campground. Another access is to the north of the wilderness. Take Highway 74 east of Jasper, travel to the end of the highway about 6 miles east of Mt. Judea to a T" in the road; go north following the pavement for 2 miles; travel to a T" in the road to Bass, Arkansas; go east mile crossing a small creek; take Forest Road 1200 (also Newton County Road 37) for 4-1/2 miles to the junction of Forest Road 1205; take Forest Service Road 1205 for 9 miles to the campground. Caution: During rainy weather, the crossing at Bass, Arkansas might become impassable. About mile north of the campground, along Forest Road 1205, is another access point with a pullout area and a visitor registration box. Another access is Hill Cemetery located in the northern portion of the wilderness. It is 7 miles north of the Richland Campground on Forest Road 1205. At the saddle of a 4-way intersection with a field on the north side of the 1205 road; take the road that is located on the east side of the field; go past the house to the end of the road about 1 mile. Caution: This access is not recommended for passenger cars. The first mile of the road is on private property so the owners permission is required for any travel off of the road. In addition, parking is extremely limited.

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