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.
 
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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.

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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; approximately 40 linear miles, down to the picnic area near the Pruitt access.

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.

 
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View of Buffalo River from bluff near Collier Homestead

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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.
 
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Trail Head at Buffalo Point

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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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

402 N. Walnut Street
Suite 136

Harrison, AR 72601

Phone:

(870) 439-2502
Please call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center for park related questions. Open seven days a week, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

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