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  • Whites Creek Trail

    The Whites Creek Trail is a 18.6 mile travel way within the Irish Wilderness. The major trailhead into the Wilderness is Camp Five Pond located off Highway J. Trail markers along the Whites Creek Trail are minimal. Visitors are exposed to a wide variety of natural terrain. It starts out relatively flat and traverses through many ecological zones including dried creek beds, grasslands, glades, bluff country, and breathtaking views overlooking the Eleven Point River. There are three short spur trails from the main trail at Fiddler Spring, Whites Creek Float Camp, and Bliss Spring. There is also trail access near Brawley Pond.


    No drinking water is available at parking areas or along the trail; bring what you will need, or be prepared to sterilize water you find in the wilderness.


    To get to Brawley Pond trailhead, from Hwy 60, take Hwy J south for 11.1 miles to Hwy K. Turn west and follow for 2.7 miles until it turns to gravel at County Road 158. Turn right and go 0.3 of a mile to County Road 163, turn left and go 0.4 of a mile to the trailhead on right. turn west after Camp Five onto County Road 164. At the Wilderness turn west onto gravel County Road 163. Along this road you will come to unmarked junctions, make a left, then a right, and then a left, which is staying on County Road 163 to the trailhead. Whites Creek trailhead is accessible only from Eleven Point National Scenic River. From Doniphan, take Hwy 160 west for 20 miles to Hwy J. Go north on Hwy J for 6.7 miles and turn left at the drive leading to trailhead.