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Kings River Falls Natural Area's Parking Is Expanded

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Monday, December 28, 2015

Kings River Falls Natural Area
(NA) in Madison County is one of the ANHC’s most visited natural areas year-round. Until recently, parking at Kings River Falls NA could be a problem on busy days. The ANHC has taken steps to remedy that.

The severity of the problem came to our attention from the county government and other local officials who had heard complaints from residents living near the natural area. Due to limited parking spaces in the overflow parking area, people were parking along the road, causing one lane to become blocked.

The overflow parking lot, south of the Mitchell Creek Bridge, has been expanded to provide visitors with a larger dedicated parking space (photo at right). New arrow signs have also been installed on local road signs to assist visitors with the route to the natural area.

ANHC plans to hire an on-site caretaker at some point in the future. Currently, the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the Master Naturalists assists with trail maintenance at the site.

This past spring, ANHC completed a joint project with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, private landowners, and Madison County to stabilize banks, restore the channel to historic size and function, and re-vegetate the banks of the Kings River at Kings River Falls NA.

Kings River Falls NA includes more than 3 miles of the Kings River with Kings River Falls as the focal point. Kings River is a clear mountain stream originating east of Boston in Madison County and is prized for its high water quality. An easy-to-moderate trail on the natural area is a favorite of local hikers and nature enthusiasts.

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