- First-time visitors to the Cadron are invariably surprised at the scenery. Most have no idea that a whitewater stream exists in central Arkansas, much less that it features bluffs, pinnacles, and caves. But all of these attractions are found on Cadron Creek. The scenery can change from season to season. Many of the bluffs will be ice-encrusted during the winter months and in late spring, waterfalls will be cascading down the bluffs.
Most all supplies can be obtained in Greenbrier or other nearby communities. Conway, about 15 miles south of the Cadron on U.S. 65,
is a major commercial center with overnight accommodations available. Campgrounds are located at Woolly Hollow State Park a few miles northeast of Greenbrier, and also at the more distant Corps of Engineers' parks on Greers Ferry Lake.
Recreation - The Cadron doesn't receive much canoeing use above the Arkansas Hwy. 124 bridge west of Quitman, although the North Fork can be floated downstream from Gravesville. Each spring dozens of canoeists load up their gear and head for Cadron Creek. Class I and II rapids can be expected between December and June.
By all appearances, Cadron Creek should be a great little small mouth stream. But surprisingly, small mouth bass are virtually absent from these waters. Since the water is warmer than on most Arkansas float streams, the Cadron hosts a variety of species more commonly found in the sluggish streams of the lowlands. On the Cadron, anglers pursue largemouth bass, feisty crappie and bluegill. Flathead catfish, which may tip the scales at 50 pounds or more, are also present in good numbers, giving the visiting angler an outstanding opportunity to land a real leviathan.
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.
Cadron Creek begins way up in Cleburne County, nearly within the city limits of Heber Springs. It flows in a westerly direction, is joined by its North Fork near Quitman, then continues on a southwesterly course toward the the Arkansas River.
Points of access include the Arkansas Hwy. 124 crossing, the county bridge northeast of Guy, Arkansas Hwy. 310 going west from Guy, the U.S. 65 bridge, and the Arkansas Hwy. 285 crossing.