A 3.2-mile section of Ark. 23 (also known as the Pig Trail) located in Franklin County 5.5 miles north of Cass is closed temporarily beginning May 20 due to a landslide. [NOTE: This hill slide is approximately 19 miles north of I-40.] The closed portion stretches between the Mulberry Mountain Lodge to the south and Fly Gap Road to the north. This 3.2-mile section will remain closed until repairs can be made, and no time estimate can be made at this when they will be completed.
For updates, visit: www.idrivearkansas.com/closures.
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.
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.
On April 16, 2010, the park's War Eagle Cave on the War Eagle Trail closed. [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 temporary closure that continues to be in effect is necessary to protect this cave and the bat species that inhabit it from the possibility of contamination from the White-nose Syndrome, a fungus that has killed millions of hibernating bats in the eastern United States and several Canadian provinces. Infected hibernacula have confirmed as far west as northeastern Oklahoma. For more information about this cave closure, visit http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/for-media/display.aspx?id=1442
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Withrow Springs State Park is five miles north of Huntsville on Ark. 23; or 20 miles south of Eureka Springs on Ark. 23.