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Within the System of Natural Areas are sites that represent some of the best, and last, remaining examples of the state’s original natural landscape. Natural areas are special places that protect rare natural communities and provide vital habitat for a host of plant and animal species, some of which are considered to be rare, threatened, or endangered. Locate one of our 79 natural areas below.


Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area

Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area
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Ozark Mountains
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Sweden Creek Natural Area WMA
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
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Madison County
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Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area, located in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks, is a mix of glades, dry woodlands, dry-mesic woodlands, bluffs, and mesic hardwood forests. The terrain is dissected with pine-oak woodlands on the dry upper west-facing slopes, and an oak-dominated forest on the lower west and east-facing slopes. Seasonally wet sandstone glades found along the blufftop are home to the rare small-headed pipewort. An 80-foot waterfall maintains moist conditions on a talus slope that supports a diverse fern community.


Length-  1.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty-  Easy to moderate; not ADA accessible
Trail Blazes-  Blue
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Sweden Creek cuts through sandstone before eventually dropping into a scenic Ozark canyon creating the eighth largest waterfall in Arkansas. Begin your hike at the trailhead, which can be accessed at the southwest corner of the parking lot. From there, follow blue trail blazes along the bluff line until you reach the falls -- the trail splits at 0.5 mile with one segment going along the bluff line to the top of the falls and the other to the bottom of the falls. From the falls, Sweden Creek flows several miles before merging with the Kings River.


From the town of Boxley take state Highway 21 north. At 4.0 miles turn left (south) onto a dirt road and proceed 3.25 miles to the parking lot on the right (west) side of the road. Please park only in the designated parking lot. If the lot is full, we appreciate your understanding and encourage you to wait until it is not full or to visit again soon.


Specific types of hunting are allowed on this natural area. For details, see the Sweden Creek Natural Area WMA listing in the current Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. Take all necessary safety precautions when visiting this area.

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