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.
Icy conditions at Eden Falls, Lost Valley Trail
Lost Valley trail includes two waterfalls, a natural bridge and small cave. The trail is easy for about 3/4 mile then becomes a moderate climb to the waterfall.


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 namesake, Buffalo River Trail (BRT), begins near Whiteley Cemetery in Boxley Valley and winds along the bluffs, gravel bars, and banks that cradle the river in its ever-changing embrace. The upper section of the BRT is 37 miles long and ends at the picnic area near the Pruitt access at Hwy. 7.

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 ORT is a shared use trail (equestrian and hiking).

Collier Homestead Trail, Tyler Bend
Enjoy a short hike to Collier Homestead and a beautiful view of the Buffalo River at Tyler Bend.


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.
Trail Sign
Trail Head at Buffalo Point

T. Fondriest

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.

Download a trail description brochure here.

Be mindful of the ever present hazards and of your responsibilities within the park. Remember to practice the Leave No Trace principles, and to pack out everything you pack in.

Last updated: March 5, 2017

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