Withrow Springs State Park
On April 16, 2010, War Eagle Cave at Withrow Springs State Park at Huntsville closed temporarily to the public. [NOTE: This is the cave on the state park's War Eagle Trail. It is not the privately-owned War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake. All show caves in Arkansas remain open to the public.] This park cave closure continues to be necessary in an effort to protect this cave and the bat species that inhabit it from from White-nose Syndrome, a fungus that has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern U.S. and several Canadian provinces. White-nose Syndrome was first detected in February 2006 in Schoharie County, New York. The disease has spread as far west as western Missouri and north central Arkansas. For more information about this cave closure, visit:
To contact the park: 479-559-2593
In the heart of the Ozark Mountains, nestled in a narrow valley cradled by the limestone bluffs of the War Eagle Creek, Withrow Springs State Park is a peaceful setting for camping, hiking, and quiet river floats. The namesake of this park, Withrow Springs, was named for Richard Withrow, a settler who established this area's first grist mill. The spring's clear, cold waters gush from a cave at the foot of a bluff near the park swimming pool.
The park offers a put-in point to the waters of the War Eagle, a north flowing stream usually floatable from march to mid-June, depending on rainfall. Floating and angling for catfish, bream, perch, and bass in this Class I, or easy level, stream offers relaxation at its best. Check with the park on current flow levels. Rental canoes and shuttle service are available from the park.
Camping enthusiasts will enjoy the park's campground nestled in shaded woods that reflect the seasonal natural beauty of the surrounding hardwood forest. Choose from 30 Class AAA (with water, up to 50 amp service, and sewer hookups). Each campsite can accommodate either an RV and/or a tent. The campground also features a modern, barrier-free bathhouse.
Hikers can choose from the park's one-mile War Eagle Trail, 3/4-mile Dogwood Nature Trail, and 1 1/4-mile Forest Trail.
[NOTE: On April 16, 2010, the park's War Eagle Cave on the War Eagle Trail closed. This temporary emergency closure was necessary to protect this cave from the possibility of contamination from the White-nose Syndrome, a fungus that has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern half of the United States. The fungus has been confirmed on bats in locations as far west as Missouri. For more information, visit: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/for-media/display.aspx?id=1442]
Available during the summer months, the park's swimming pool includes an adjacent bathhouse and snack bar. The park also offers tennis courts, picnic sites, pavilions, a gift shop, and baseball and softball field.
Withrow Springs State Park is five miles north of Huntsville on Ark. 23; or 20 miles south of Eureka Springs on Ark. 23.