This park-natural area extends for 12 miles along the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River. The river forms Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with Class IV rapids for experienced kayakers and canoeists when local rainfall increases the watershed.

Brushy Creek Recreation Area offers picnic sites, restrooms, and river access. Tent sites (no hookups) are located at the Cossatot Falls Area (six sites), Sandbar Area (15 sites), and Ed Banks Area (two sites).

A primitive (no water or electricity) group camping area with tent sites, pavilion, restroom, fire pit, grill, and river access is available by reservation at River Ridge Group Camp. Hikers can enjoy four scenic trails spanning nearly 20 miles.

The visitor center features exhibits, a wildlife observation room, meeting room, and gift shop. Interpretive programs are offered year-round.


Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area Arkansas
1980 US-278, Wickes, AR 71973, United States



Primitive/Campsites/Picnic Area: Open all year

  • Interpretive programs available year-round.
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day &noon Christmas Eve through Christmas Day.

Visitor Center: Jan – Dec Sun. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Restrooms: Open all year (No water or heat)


There is no fee for entry to an Arkansas state park, although tour fees are charged for access to some facilities.

State Pass – $10

Camping – $15

River Ridge Group Camp – $79


Contact Details

Contact: (870) 385-2201


Official Website: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area Arkansas


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