Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area
specifics on this natural area
Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area Info
Division: Ozark Mountains
Year Added: 1977
Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area, located in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks, is a mix of glades, dry woodlands, dry-mesic woodlands, bluffs, and mesic hardwood forests. The terrain is dissected with pine-oak woodlands on the dry upper west-facing slopes, and an oak-dominated forest on the lower west and east-facing slopes. Seasonally wet sandstone glades found along the blufftop are home to the rare small-headed pipewort. An 80-foot waterfall maintains moist conditions on a talus slope that supports a diverse fern community.
Length- 1.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty- Easy to moderate; not ADA accessible
Trail Blazes- Blue
Sweden Creek cuts through sandstone before eventually dropping into a scenic Ozark canyon creating the eighth largest waterfall in Arkansas. Begin your hike at the trailhead, which can be accessed behind the gate near the parking area. From there, walk down the trail (an old road) to reach the falls. At 0.2 mile a spring-fed pond will be on your right. Continue past the pond another 0.2 mile passing an old garage and home. Go approximately another 70 yards, turn left, and follow blue trail blazes along the bluff line until you reach the falls. From the falls, Sweden Creek flows several miles before merging with the Kings River.
From the town of Boxley take State Highway 21 north. At 4.0 miles turn left (south) onto a dirt road and proceed 3.0 miles to a gate on the right. The road is closed to vehicle access. Visitors can park along or across the road and walk into the property. (Directions via Google)
Specific types of hunting are allowed on this natural area. For details, see the Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area WMA listing in the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. Take all necessary safety precautions when visiting this area.