Even if the aim of a trip to Richland Creek is teaching, there’s no rule against bringing one’s own camera to capture the vibrant colors on a crisp Saturday morning.
We have quite a few Richland Creek photos hanging on the walls of Gallery B, and many that stop by ask, “How do you get there?” I’ve posted directions before, but I think this is worth repeating. According to the U.S. Forest Service:
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.
The gravel road can be a bit bumpy at times, creating the need to move at a slower than usual pace. This is a good thing; visitors to Richland Creek Wilderness should never be in a hurry.
With over 11,000 acres to explore, by kayak, horse, or foot, an outdoor enthusiast could spend days here, and never scratch the surface. What’s more, there are many beautiful places, such as Falling Water Falls, that are readily accessible by car, enabling all to enjoy some of the most gorgeous landscapes in Arkansas!
Richland Creek Wilderness is indeed one our state’s treasures. No matter the season, or what area one might decide to explore, beauty abounds. In spite of the fact that we have been there on numerous occasions, it’s one of those places that beckons our return!