Deep down in the Ozark National Forest is a waterway known as Richland Creek. With such a modest title one might opt to overlook this destination, but I assure you this would be a mistake. It resides just off of the Scenic 7 Byway on hwy 16 in an area that holds so many other gems, but those stories are for another day.
The creek has earned quite the reputation for its scenery and whitewater that can reach class IV in the rainy season. If that’s not your cup of tea the area is undoubtedly beautiful and provides some primitive hiking. You’ll have multiple waterfalls at your disposal, namely the Falling Waterfall or Keefe Falls if you want to hike (coordinates to trail head at N 35 45.200 W 92 56.250). Feel free to explore as you like for the entire area is part of the Richland Creek Wilderness Area so no pesky landowners to worry about.