• Canoeing on the Buffalo


    National River Arkansas

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Ponca Wilderness Hiking

Exerpts from the Wilderness Act of 1964 … Wilderness is:
“…an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
“…land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation.”
“…affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable.”

Many popular trails occur in the Upper District of the river in the Ponca Wilderness. Wilderness ethics and rules may be reviewed in the Trails of Ponca Wilderness brochure.
Click on link for a map of hiking trails including topographical information.
Click link for the map from Boxley to Ponca or from Kyles Landing to Pruitt.
color photo of water flowing over mossy, rock cliff

Eden Falls at low flow


Additional hiking guides with maps are available at the links below.

BRT - Boxley to Pruitt

Cecil Cove

Centerpoint Trail


Hideout Hollow

Lost Valley

Mill Creek

Did You Know?

Hikers on the trail to the Indian Rockhouse shelter.

Did you know that there are over 100 miles of maintained trails within Buffalo National River? Hiking is a very popular activity at all times, but especially in the cooler months from November to March.