If you were to head to the Mulberry River in early spring, you could very well be met with Class II or III rapids, but as the water levels recede throughout spring and early summer, the Mulberry River calms down and becomes more approachable for the average floater. However, no matter what time of year you float, you’ll want to check the water levels ahead of time. The Mulberry can run rather dry in the summer months, but it can also quickly return to full force after a big rain, so you’ll want to know what you’re getting into.
The Mulberry River starts in southwestern Newton County, Arkansas, and for most of its course runs west through the Ozark National Forest until it eventually flows into the Arkansas River just past the town of Mulberry. On this much-beloved river, you’ll find milky blue-green water, lush forested banks and gorgeous Ozark scenery. The river is so pretty that the uppermost 56 miles of it are protected as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the view as you float down.