Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area Updated:05/2012

The Cossatot River,  Howard and Polk Counties, is an outstanding example of an upland river in the Ouachita Mountains. As the river flows southward, it cuts through a series of east-west oriented ridges, producing magnificent rapids and waterfalls. This area supports at least two fish species endemic to the Little River system and numerous special plant species including Browne’s waterleaf. It is managed cooperatively with Arkansas State Parks (ASP). Portions of the area have been developed to enhance public visitation and environmental education opportunities. These developments include a canoe launching area, solar restrooms, picnic areas, primitive camp sites, a hiking/nature trail, and a barrier-free pedestrian river walkway. A new visitor information center has recently opened on the site. ANHC worked with ASP in the overall interpretive theme for the center and funding for some exhibits.

Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

The area may be reached by traveling U.S. Highway 278 (old State Highway 4) west from Umpire about 9 miles, or east from U.S. Highway 71 at Wickes about the same distance. State Highway 246 passes though the northern portion of the area between Athens and Vandervoort. The Visitor Center is located off of U.S. Highway 278.

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