Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area

Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area

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Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area Info

 County: Madison
 Division: Ozark Mountains
 Acres: 136
 Year Added: 1977


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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
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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.


4/14/20: Over the next few weeks, we are creating an updated and expanded parking area for the natural area. It is located approximately 0.2 mile south of the previous parking area on County Road 9/3795. The previous parking area will be closed once the new parking area is completed. Parking signs on the road will direct visitors to the new parking. The parking area should accommodate up to 15 vehicles. If the parking area is full please visit at another time.

The first 0.25 mile of the trail has also been rerouted with the trailhead at the new parking area. The rerouted trail then connects back into the original trail.

Old Directions: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 Natural Area WMA listing in the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. Take all necessary safety precautions when visiting this area.

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