Description - At 67 miles, Big Piney Creek is not particularly long by Arkansas standards, but mile for mile, there's no doubt it ranks among the best float streams in the state. Big Piney is a quick and clear mountain stream. It flows rapidly over ledges in its twisting course through Newton, Johnson and Pope counties. Passing bluffs, gravel bars and overhanging hardwoods, Big Piney is considered a classic Ozark stream.
Supplies can be obtained in Dover or Russellville. Camping is permitted just about anywhere in the Ozark National Forest, and two developed campgrounds, Long Pool and Haw Creek Falls, are also available. Canoes can be rented in the vicinity, and several local families are willing to provide car shuttles for a fee.
Recreation - Big Piney Creek and adjacent public lands provide an ideal setting for floating, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, and swimming. For canoeists, Big Piney offers a mixture of great class I,II and III rapids. The canoe season usually begins in late fall and can last through mid-June, depending on local rainfall. A vast majority of those floating the Big Piney do not carry fishing equipment for fear of losing it in the rapids. However, there is some great fishing to be found on Big Piney. The cool, clear water with its rocky cover is a perfect environment for small mouth, rock, spotted, and largemouth bass varieties. Fishing is a year long possibility for those willing to wade-fish or drag their boats over shoals during the drier months.
Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.
Big Piney Creek is situated in the heart of the Ozarks. Its headwater region is rugged and remote, and the few communities to be found have appropriate names like Fallsville, Limestone and Deer.
Considering the ruggedness of the country, access to Big Piney Creek is remarkably good. At Limestone, the creek can be reached by Forest Road 1004 or Forest Road 1002, Arkansas Hwy. 123 and Forest Road 1802, or at Helton Farm in Treat for a small fee.