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Haw Creek Waterfall and Campground


Haw Creek Falls


Haw Creek Falls  is located in Haw Creek campground of the Bayou Ranger District of the Ozark National Forest.  The small steam contains the falls which are only a short walk on an access trail suitable for physically disabled visitors.  The falls are only about 5 feet high at the most, but are very picturesque even with low water.  Located nearby  is Big Piney Wild and Scenic River and access to the Ozark Highlands Trial.

There is no entrance fee for day use.  Campground is $4.00 per night year round.  There is no water or electric.

Best Time to Visit:

As with most waterfalls in Arkansas the best time is in the spring after heavy rainfall.

Where it is:

Haw Creek Falls and Campground is located in the Ozark National Forest approximately 25 miles north of Clarksville Arkansas.


Take Arkansas 123 (paved) north from Hagarville (located north of Lamar) for 14 miles, or from Russellville, take Arkansas 7 north to Pelsor; then left (west) on Highway 123 (paved) for 12 miles. Negotiable by camping trailer rigs but use caution entering the campground.



US Forest Service Site


  • Camping (9 family units)
  • Vault toilets
  • No Drinking water is available
  • Picnicking
  • Wading
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (access to the Ozark Highlands Trail)
  • Camp trailers are allowed, but no special facilities are available


Contact:Bayou Ranger District
12000 SR 27
Hector, AR 72843
(479) 284-3150

Tips for the Photographer


The Dam can be photographed easily with most any camera and a normal lens.  A tripod is needed to keep the camera steady while shooting a long exposure to blur the water.  A polarizing filter to saturate color and cut reflections on the water.  During bright light you may also need neutral density filters to cut the light passing through the lens to enable a long exposure.

What to Photograph:

The waterfall and the campground make great subjects.  There is great color in the fall due to the campground being a mature hardwood forest.  The historic one lane Big Piney Creek Bridge can also be an interesting subject.

Photography Tips:

Please read my article on shooting waterfalls.











Haw Creek Recreation Area Photo Gallery

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Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Greg specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. Greg also shoots portraits and event photography and is available for assignments.  Greg teaches photography classes and workshops in Arkansas and other locations.  Most of the images on this site are available for sale as prints, personal use, or rights managed stock photos.



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