Things To Do Near the Mulberry River
26th Annual Mulberry River Clean Up Day
will be on March 4, 2017
Volunteers needed to help clean up the Mulberry River Valley!
Help provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Keep Arkansas Beautiful and Arkansas Canoe Club. 9 am Check in at Turner Bend for Clean Up, 1 pm Mulberry River Society Meeting at the Turner Bend Gazebo, 2 pm Lunch served, 3 pm door prizes provided by our many wonderful sponsors.
36th Annual Jungle Boater Race – Sunday March 12, 2017
Pre-register or register on the day of race by 11:00 am. No pre-registration with debit or credit cards. First participants to pre-register will receive a 2017 t-shirt. Others will receive a shirt leftover from previous races. If river level exceeds 4.4 we will reschedule for March 19th. Race begins at 1:00 pm. Race course is from Byrd’s to Turner Bend. Entry fee is $20 per person and includes a free t-shirt. $40 Rental fee for Turner Bend boat. We will mass start each category at one minute intervals in the order listed. Slackers start yourselves when ready. Canoes must be plastic recreational and no bent shaft or double bladed paddles for canoes.
Categories include: Women’s SUP, Men’s SUP, Women’s Solo Canoe, Women’s Tandem Canoe, Women’s Kayak, Parent/Child (child must be under 15), Geezer Solo Canoe (55 yr.+), Men’s Solo Canoe, Men’s Kayak, Geezer Tandem Canoe (55 yr.+), Mixed Tandem Canoe, Men’s Tandem Canoe. Music by Fiddle player Bill Thurman.
Ozark Mountain Paddlers- April, 2017
These good folks from Springfield, MO have been putting on this clinic for many years. This is a fairly small gathering so better enroll early. Contact Jason Haskins at (417) 379-2220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
41st Annual Arkansas Canoe Club
School of Whitewater Paddling – May 5 – 7, 2017
Sharpen your skills from kayaking to canoeing to river rescue. We rent our entire campground to them. Check it out at www.arkansascanoeclub.com.
The Ozark Highlands Trail
The Ozark Highlands Trail is probably the finest hiking trail in Arkansas and has been rated as one of the top-10 trails in the USA. This 165-mile-long trail has broad vistas, streamside walks, lots of deep green pools to swim in, bluffs, rocks and boulders, forests that go on forever and literally hundreds of waterfalls. The trail passes through 17 campgrounds and other trailheads, and crosses some 50+ forest roads and highways-all of these access points make it the perfect day hiking trail too-just decide how far you want to hike and you’ll find several sections between these points that fit your bill.
Shores Lake and White Rock
Shores Lake and White Rock are two of the most popular recreation areas in the Ozark National Forest, located northeast of Fort Smith. Shores Lake is a small, mountain-surrounded lake built by hand in the 1930′s. The U.S. Forest Service has a nice campground here, with a few sites that have electric hookups. It’s just 10 miles from Turner Bend.
A loop trail runs from Shores Lake past several nice waterfalls, up to the spectacular White Rock Mountain, then returns to the lake down through the Salt Fork drainage. This is the perfect weekend hike, especially if you are lucky enough to get a cabin at White Rock. Rustic cabins and a campground sit atop this spectacular mountain in the heart of the Ozark National Forest. Call 479-369-4128 for cabin information.
Mulberry Mountain is a large campground and lodging facility about 4 miles north on the Pig Trail. They host annual music festivals, as well as sponsoring a number of other arts and outdoor events. In 2016 The Highberry Music Festival was held June 30th thru July 4th. This 5 day event featured Yonder Mountain String Band as the headliner. Contact them at mulberrymountainlodge.com for information concerning 2017.
Ozark National Forest
Hundreds of square miles of publicly owned property covering the beautiful Boston Mountains. Mountain biking, hunting, camping, sight-seeing, you name it. It’s great here. Check out the Ozark National Forest website at stateparks.com/ozark.html.
Byrds Adventure Center
A large, private campground 8 miles upriver from Turner Bend. Byrds hosts many special events for ORV/ATV and even ultra-light enthusiasts as well as several motorcycle rallies, 4×4 and rockcrawler competitions and yearly music festivals . Leftover Salmon was the featured headliner at the Homegrown Music Festival July 21 thru July 23 in 2016. Contact Byrds at byrdsadventurecenter.com for information regarding activities and events in 2017.
Four locally owned and operated wineries are in Altus, just 20 miles from Turner Bend. Check out these websites:
Rivertowne BarBQ – Ozark (479) 667-1808
Byrd’s Riverfront Restaurant** (seasonally March – November) (479) 667-5000 or 667-4066
Oark Cafe** – Oark (479) 292-3351
Kelts – Altus (479) 468-2413
Wiederkehr’s – Altus (479) 468-2611 / 800-622-9463
** Also open for breakfast.
Cowboy Up Trail Rides – (479) 677-2023 or (479) 439-2212
Where to Stay
Turner Bend offers two spacious and well-appointed cabins as well as our camping facilities. Should these be unavailable during your visit, the town of Ozark is located some 14 miles south of the Mulberry River on Ark. 23. Nearby motels available:
- Days Inn – (479) 667-2530
- Oxford Inn – (479) 667-1131
Located in Clarksville off exit 55:
- Hampton Inn – (479) 754-4444
- Holiday Inn – (479) 705-7600
Other nearby cabins which are available:
- Cabin at Middle Ridge – (870) 213-8000
- Riverside Retreat – (479) 667-4066 – www.byrdsadventurecenter.com
- Mulberry Mountain – (479) 667-1919 – www.mulberrymountainlodge.com
- Locke Mountain Cabins – (479) 369-4006 – www.lockemountaincabins.com
- White Rock – (479) 369-4128
- Fort Rock – (479) 677-3136 – www.fortrock.org
- Catalpa Cabin Rental- (479) 216-2665 – www.catalpaarkansascabins.com