Q: How do we find Creek's End? How are the roads?
We send you a detailed map and directions when you book your stay.
There are signs along the road from Parthenon, and reflectors at most
intersections for arrivals after dark.
We also have a map here on the web site that you can right-click and copy.
note that the last six miles of county road are rough dirt road. You
can make it in a car, but if you have access to SUV or 4x4, that is the
best mode of transportation out here. If you bring a small "city" car,
just go slow on the bumpy roads. Some non-4x4's might need to "get a run
at it" to get up the hill to Creek's End. Update
- Newton County roads are now numbered and signed. From the pavement on
Highway 327, take NC-8610 for 5-1/2 miles, then take NC-8643 to Creek's
Q: Can we bring our pets?
mannered, house-broken pets are welcome. The cost is $10 per pet per
night (plus 10% tax). Please keep pets off the furniture OR cover the
furniture with old sheets found in laundry room! We ask that you keep
them from tearing up the flower beds, and "do their business" away from
the house. Please try to keep your pets out of the fish pond. Guests
bringing more than 2 dogs are subject to a damage deposit. All pets must
have tick & flea treatment at least 3 days BEFORE arriving! DO NOT
bathe your pets in the tub or shower, please! There is a hose outside
you can use to wash down your dirty doggies.
Q: How many will it sleep?
Creek's End - 6 to 10 comfortably. There is an extra mattress in
the master closet for small children. There is a king-size bed in the
master bedroom - and a couch on the screened porch, one queen and one
full in the upstairs bedrooms - the larger upstairs bedroom also has a
comfortable double-size futon. There is a queen sleeper-sofa in the den
and a futon in the living room (living room has privacy curtains).
Note: $150 damage/cleaning deposit required for 6+ guests.
Q: What time is check-in/check-out? What do we need to do? Do you meet us there?
A: Unless special arrangements are made, Check-in is no earlier than 3:00 p.m. and Check-out is no later than 11:00 a.m.
will leave the house unlocked and ready for your arrival. You
will need to fill out the Rental Agreement and put it in the lockbox by
the front door, if you haven't already returned it to us. We do not meet
you for check-in - you may not even see us during your visit!
you'd like to visit, give us a call and we can stop in. Leave your
payment in the lockbox or microwave when you check-out, and please leave the doors unlocked.
Q: How do we get the key and pay our balance?
house will be unlocked and ready for your arrival. Keys are hanging
inside by the front door. You can leave the rental agreement and check
or cash for your balance due in the lock-box outside the front door or
in the microwave...
Q: What is on hand in the kitchen?
take pride in having a fully equipped kitchen! All the utensils you
would normally use for cooking; pots, pans, baking dishes, dishes,
serving bowls, knives, pitchers, mixing bowls, measuring cups,
dinnerware, glasses, wine glasses, silverware... etc. We have a
gas range, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, crock pot, blender and coffee
usually have salt, pepper, various common spices, sugar, coffee,
creamer, tea, cocoa mix, some flour in the freezer, and a small bottle
of cooking oil. Kitchen table will expand to sit 8 or more
Q: Should we bring towels and paper goods?
supply all bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels. We usually keep a
"starter supply" of paper plates, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper,
and facial tissues. There's also a washer and dryer.
Q: What should we plan to bring with us?
groceries, clothes, personal items, and any alcohol you might want.
It's about a 1 hour drive to the nearest (Harrison) liquor store.
(Organic, home-made wines can sometimes be obtained locally...) We
have a good selection of family-type movies, with both VHS and DVD
players. We also have LOTS of books and games!
Q: Is smoking allowed?
A: Smoking is NOT permitted
inside the house. There are ashtrays provided on the decks, and
screened-in porches. A smoke break outside allows you to enjoy the
tranquil scenery! PLEASE don't leave cigarette butts on the
Q: Are there hiking, riding and/or mountain-biking trails?
We have quite a few marked trails around Creek's End, and provide color
coded maps. We are just a half mile from the Ozark National
Forest. There are numerous National Forest and Buffalo National River
hiking trails and scenic areas nearby. Visit this web site:
http://theozarkmountains.com/hiking_trails.htm During late
summer, there ARE "seed ticks" - tiny little ticks, and we suggest you
stay on the white trail/road, to avoid infestation! Bring and use bug
Q: Can we bring our 4 wheelers and/or off-road motorcycles?
unless we give you specific permission to bring them. Our neighbors say
they are noisy and disturb the peace and quiet that folks in this area
value so greatly. Hiking is the best way to enjoy the serenity of the
woods surrounding Creek's End Riverside Retreat! Motor vehicles are NOT
permitted on our trail system. Bicycles are fine, although the terrain
Q: Can we have a camp fire?
we have a firepit out by the back deck, and there's usually some
firewood on hand. If you want fires every night, you should plan to buy
firewood on your way in. Bring some marshmallows, graham crackers and
Hershey bars for s'mores!
Q: Is there wildlife around?
You are likely to encounter deer, squirrels, raccoons, beavers, wild
turkeys, rabbits, black snakes, ground-hogs, skunks and other small
wildlife. You will likely see deer at the salt lick in front of
Riverside any morning or evening. You are far less likely to encounter
bears, coyotes, foxes, razorback hogs, bobcats, cougars, and poisonous
snakes - but they do exist in this area! Ticks and chiggers happen, too!
(mosquitos aren't usually too bad...) A good repellent such as Deep
Woods Off is a great idea if you're going to be out in the woods!
Q: What restaurants do you suggest in Jasper?
favorite is the "Ozark Cafe" just across from the courthouse on the
square in Jasper. They usually have live music on Saturday
evenings, too. If you want a scenic drive and then a great meal, head
for the "Cliff House" on Highway 7 South - about 10 miles south of
Jasper. Heading north, The "Daisy Queen" (open April - October), 12 or
so miles from Jasper on Highway 7 North (towards Harrison), is a great
old-fashioned hamburger joint! There's also a "SUBWAY" in Jasper. New -
Trudy's Place - just outside Jasper on Hwy 74 West. Good sandwiches! For
a special treat, try the Low Gap Cafe several miles further out on Hwy
74 West. Great Italian Food!!
Q: Where's the nearest grocery?
is a very nice supermarket, "HARP'S", in Jasper (12 miles or 1/2 hour
away). The nearest Wal-Mart SuperCenter is in Harrison (1 hour drive).
Q: Can you swim and fish in the river?
you are welcome to swim in the river, wade the creek, and look for
arrowheads! Of course, we can't guarantee that there will be water
in the creeks year-round. The water levels are directly dependent on
how much rainfall we have. Most years, the creek and river get pretty
low in July and August, but there are usually pools of water that remain
fresh and cool. There really aren't many fish in the Little Buffalo
River, except in the deep holes, but you are welcome to try if you
like... Licenses are available in Jasper.
Q: How many bathrooms are there?
Two. There's a marvelous "shower-for-two" in the master bedroom,
and one with a huge old tub in the center of the house. Both are located
Q: Is there cell phone reception? How do we make calls at Creek's End?
really... sometimes if you walk UP the hill on the White Loop you can
get a signal, but I wouldn't count on it. Verizon seems to do
better. We have wireless DSL, and free local calls. Please
limit calls to under 5 minutes, or use credit or calling cards for long
distance calls. Creek's End # is (870) 446-2413
Q: Where is the closest medical facility?
is a clinic in Jasper, and in case of extreme emergency we have 2
nurses in the neighborhood. The nearest hospital is in Harrison, about
an hour away. We now have 9-1-1 service, but it goes straight to the
Sheriff's Office. Emergency numbers are posted in the kitchen next to
Q: How bad are the bugs?
too bad. If you're hiking out in the woods, we recommend you use a good
bug repellent such as "Deep Woods Off", and check yourselves for ticks
after you return. Watch for "seed ticks" in late summer... Sometimes we
get a few mosquitoes around in the evening, but not usually in swarms!!
Please treat pets for Ticks and Fleas with something like Frontline or Bio-Spot at least 3 days before you arrive.
Q: What do we do with the garbage?
Please place BAGGED garbage (only) in the large containers on the deck.
If you are staying long enough to fill them, just contact us for
garbage removal. Please remember that cigarette butts are trash - don't
throw them down anywhere.
Q: What do we need to do when we leave so we can get our cleaning/damage deposit back?
First, please read your Rental Agreement - it details the requirements.
We expect the cabin & kitchen to be tidied up, (games, toys, books
& movies put away), the dishes clean, the bedsheets taken off and
left in the laundry room (please start a load of towels if you can), any
furniture you've moved replaced as you found it, the floors swept (not
mopped), the grill cleaned if you used it, and NO DAMAGES! If you do
damage something, we expect you to notify us as soon as possible so we
can decide the best resolution. Failure to notify us of damages may result in higher costs to you.
Q: Is there air conditioning? Heat? Fireplace?
Creek's End has 4 window A/C units (and several fans!). There are
propane ventless heaters and a ventless gas fireplace in the living
room. Electric space heaters in the bathrooms.
Q: Is there a Washer and Dryer?
A: Yes. Please use them gently, and a small donation for laundry soap and fabric softener is always appreciated!
Q: I see on the Rental Agreement that guns are not allowed on the property.
What about my "concealed carry permit"?
you have a concealed carry permit, then you should know to keep your
gun CONCEALED! If we see your gun or if there is any shooting by
renters, you WILL be evicted, with no refund. Please don't put us
in that position.
We'll add to this section as the questions come in...