Hike date September 8-9, 2012
Richland Creek Wilderness in the Boston Mountains is managed by the USDA Forest Service. There is a nearby campground called Richland Creek Campground. The directions on the USDA Forest Service site are the clearest. I wouldn’t recommend directions from Google Maps. Our goal on this backpacking trip was to see Richland Falls, Twin Falls, and maybe the Sandcastles. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Tim Ernst mentions the Richland Creek Wilderness in both the Arkansas Hiking Trails and Ozark Highlands Trail books, which are excellent resources for planning a hike. We decided to start at Hill Cemetery and hike south to Twin Falls.
This is not an easy spot to find. The USDA Forestry site mentions the road is not recommended for passenger vehicles. I wouldn’t recommend it at all, the road is very rough at two spots and appears to be washed out, at the end, there is very limited parking. After a scouting mission by Stuart and Dan, the decision was made to back the CRV up and head toward Richland Creek Campgrounds. Continue reading Richland Creek Wilderness Hike (Ozark Forest) 2012