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“Center of the Universe”

Cossatot River State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wickes
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

There's an ongoing discussion among a few boaters in Arkansas, trying to determine where the center of the universe is. Some believe it is somewhere in the Ozarks, but others believe it is in the Cossatot Falls, possibly on that rock overlooking the rapid we all call The Washing Machine. Yeah, this place is that good. We are very fortunate that it is now being preserved as a State Park, and even luckier with the quality of the facilities and the friendly folks that have taken on that task. The visitor center is small but beautiful and informative; and they're opening the park up to new friends who don't have to be expert boaters to enjoy what it has; take a trail hike, bring a mask and snorkel in the Falls during summertime low water. It's all good! I've also seen kids getting personal one-on-one interaction with a naturalist and some native reptiles at the visitor center. Teachers should ask them about special field trip opportunities.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Our family just enjoyed 6 days in the Cossatot area. What a great start park! The Park Interpreters, Shelly and Andy, were so accommodating and willing to help us. We attended 4 of their programs, including the Sunset Hike and Edible Insects. While we were at the park, we enjoyed hiking, river walking, watching the kayakers, snorkeling and swimming in the river. This is definitely a place our family will visit again!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This state park is almost too good to be true. It has a visitors center, hiking trails along the river, camping and easy access to the river. Be careful though, the river run from Ed Banks bridge to Cossatot Falls should be run by experienced paddlers only. The upper portion of the 'Tot is great for less experienced paddlers. The whole river has wonderful scenery and its remoteness makes it very enjoyable for those who want to get away from city life.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

With easy access to the river, it is a great place for down river fun for all levels of paddling. Plus, a neat place for snorkeling when the water is low. Hiking trails offer fantastic views of the river and wildlife of all kinds. The Rangers & employs of the park have all been very helpful and friendly.
TJ

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great Whitewater Gem in Southwest Arkansas. Show up after a good rain for a great whitewater kayak run! Drive in to the falls and enjoy the scenery year round.

1  Thank Paul C
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