Creek's End Riverside Retreat
Creek's End Riverside Retreat is located "way back" in the Ozark Mountains of Newton County, Arkansas. Creek's End is a quaint and beautiful home - hand-built back in the early 1970's for our mother, Mary Anne. It sits on a rocky, tree-covered point over-looking the point where Thomas Creek ends at the Little Buffalo River - that's why she named it "Creek's End".

After being a beloved family home for many years, Creek's End was completely remodeled in 2001 by two of MaryAnne's daughters -  Annie & Susy. Creek's End Retreat is operated by Susy and Tom Mercer, and sister Annie acts as the booking agent.  (Mary Anne has moved to nearby Jasper for health reasons. She also enjoys being a very active participant and lay speaker in the Jasper United Methodist Church.)

The remodeling work was done by Annie & her late husband Jay, Susy & her husband Tom, local carpenter Jon Hurley, hardwood floor specialist Eli Johnson, and several friends and neighbors. It took about 4 months, and was quite educational!! Ongoing maintenance is done by family, friends and neighbors.



We are proud to have Creek's End Riverside Retreat available as THE place for folks to relax and renew their spirits.  Come on home to the Ozarks - at Creek's End Riverside Retreat.



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"Your vacation home in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains"
View of Creek's End driveway as you drive in...
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(See below for frequently asked questions!)
Frequently asked questions:
Q: How do we find Creek's End? How are the roads?
A: 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.
Please 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 End.

Q: Can we bring our pets?
A: Well 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?
A: At 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.
We 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!
If 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?
A: The 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?
A: We 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 maker.
We 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 people. 

Q: Should we bring towels and paper goods?
A: We 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?
A: Your 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 ground.

Q: Are there hiking, riding and/or mountain-biking trails?
A: Yes! 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 spray!!

Q: Can we bring our 4 wheelers and/or off-road motorcycles?
A: Not 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 is rough!

Q: Can we have a camp fire?
A: Yes, 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?
A: Yes! 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?
A: Our 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?
A: There 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?
A: Yes, 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?
A: 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 downstairs.
   
Q: Is there cell phone reception? How do we make calls at Creek's End?
A: Not 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?
A: There 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 the phone.

Q: How bad are the bugs?
A: Not 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?
A:  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?
A: 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?
A: Yes, 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"?
A: If 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...

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