Jack Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Jack Creek Recreation Area

Jack Creek Recreation Area is located in a picturesque setting alongside towering rock bluffs and flowing waters.  The area was constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and displays several unique, historic facilities.  There is a short trail that climbs a couple of hundred feet to a recently restored rock overlook vista that offers a panoramic view of whispering pine trees and colorful fall vegetation. Jack Creek offers day use and a primitive campground at no cost.  Also from Jack Creek Recreation Area is a trailhead for the Hole-In-The-Ground Mountain Hiking Trail and Sugar Creek Hiking Trail.  Hole-In-The-Ground Trail is not a loop trail and extends approximately four miles in length.  The Sugar Creek Hiking Trail extends approximately three miles connecting Jack Creek to Knopper’s Ford Recreation Area. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: No reservations available. Sites available on a first-come/first-based only.  No charge. No water/electric available. Restroom open.
Operational Hours: Open seasonally, March through mid-October.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: No fees (current recreation fees and schedule)
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring-Fall
Busiest Season: Spring
Closest Towns: Booneville, Arkansas.
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District (479) 637-4174

General Information

Directions: Take Arkansas Hwy. 23 south from Booneville, AR for 2 miles; turn left (east) on Arkansas Hwy. 116 for 1 mile; then south at sign on paved County Road for 4 miles; then 1 mile south on Forest Service Road 19; turn left (east) on Forest Service Road 141 for 1 mile.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites None
No. of Accessible sites 5
Sleeping Shelter None

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking




Picnic tables:
Toilets: Vault

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