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Buffalo River Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (15)

This rugged and scenic trail runs along the Buffalo River and passes through Ponca Wilderness.


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Map Key

36.5

Miles

58.8

KM

Point to Point

1,778' 542 m

High

797' 243 m

Low

4,806' 1,465 m

Up

4,461' 1,360 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Pets: Documented service animals only.

Description

Extending from Pruitt to Boxley, the Buffalo River Trail follows along the rugged country alongside the Buffalo River climbing the bluff lines, meandering up side canyons, and dropping into hollows. Hikers will enjoy views of the river along the way. The trail intersects with many other trails along it's length with the option to explore more scenic viewpoints and historic sites. The trail's difficulty varies from some wheelchair accessible terrain to many miles of steep ups and downs over rocky hillsides.

The middle portion of the trail passes through the Ponca Wilderness, connecting Steel Creek to Kyles Landing, which are popular campgrounds for hikers and floaters. This trail follows the scenic views Buffalo River and the overlooking cliffs. Several old homesteads and cabins can be found in this area. This is a dirt trail that is well traveled, but trekking poles are recommended due to loose rocks and roots.

For hikers looking for a shorter day hike, combining a section of the Buffalo River Trail with some of the other trails is a great option. For those looking for a longer overnight outing or extended backpacking trip, there are camping options along the trail. For more information on the Buffalo River Trail, download the NPS Trail Guide.

Flora & Fauna

Ticks, poison ivy.

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  4.0 from 15 votes

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  4.0 from 15 votes
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#120

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Photos

Triple Falls after a rain.
Nov 14, 2017 near Jasper, AR
October 2020 On the Buffalo River Trail looking North at Big Bluff.
Jan 7, 2021 near Jasper, AR
October 2020 On the Buffalo River Trail Crossing Bench Creek.
Jan 7, 2021 near Jasper, AR
Parker Hickman Farmstead
Nov 19, 2017 near Jasper, AR
October 2020 On the Buffalo River Trail Crossing Steele Creek.
Jan 7, 2021 near Jasper, AR

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Nov 15, 2021
Josh Fults
Mar 10, 2021
Matt M
First backpacking trip; Cody. H, Tanner H. 36.5mi
Mar 10, 2021
Cody Howard
36.5mi — 73h 00m
Sep 5, 2020
Mike Henricks
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Jan 18, 2020
Elizabeth Murray
Nov 10, 2019
Jim Kovarik
Oct 13, 2019
Stephen F