The East Verde River passes within just 5 miles of Payson where a string of communities line the river’s banks, including East Verde Estates and Flowing Springs. The communities here are on the river and surrounded by national forest. The subdivisions that line both sides of the river’s banks are a mix of modestly priced older cabins and newer homes. The river offers swimming holes and weekly trout stockings. The communities are popular because they are only 10 minutes outside of Payson yet offer a more rural riverside setting.
East Verde Park has about 300 homesites with about 200 having homes already built. Roughly one third of the residents are part time vacation homes while the rest are full time residents. East Verde Park is home to the popular Verde River Rock House Bed and Breakfast featured in Arizona Highways Magazine. Flowing Springs is a smaller community with 12 homes located down Flowing Springs Road and protected by a gate.