Hiking at Buffalo National River
The park encompasses over 95,000 acres that surround the free-flowing Buffalo, much of which is linked together by a growing network of trails to accommodate hiking and equestrian-based recreational activities. These trail systems also offer numerous side hikes to locations that showcase the natural and human history that have shaped the region.
Trail maps are available on the Maps page of this website.
The Upper District or western end of the river provides trails to waterfalls, loops and long distance trails, wilderness trails and trails to historic structures. Download a brochure with trail descriptions here.
The Old River Trail (ORT) starts at the Ponca low water crossing, intertwines with the BRT, and includes numerous river crossings to excite the more adventurous hiker.
The Middle District of the river around Tyler Bend provides another section of the Buffalo River Trail, some shorter dayhikes, and an easy walk to an historic homestead then to a viewing platform on a bluff along the river.
Download Trail Descriptions here.
Download a brochure describing the Collier Homestead here.
The Lower District near Buffalo Point has a variety of trails for visitors at the eastern end of the river. Another section of the Buffalo River Trail cover 11 miles between South Maumee and Highway 14, several trails connect to the campground through the woods and to a river overlook, and the Indian Rockhouse trail makes a loop to a large bluff shelter. The Rush area was an old mining town. Trails there tell the story of zinc mining here.