Hiking in the Lower District

Spring in the Indian Rockhouse

Indian Rockhouse Trail

  • Distance (roundtrip): 3.5 miles
  • Duration (roundtrip): 3 hours
  • Elevation Change: 400 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates: Lat: 36.08142653 Long: -92.5690563

The Indian Rockhouse Trail meanders past a sinkhole, waterfall, mine prospect, Panther Creek, sculpted bedrock and a quarry. Many of these geologic features are typical of a karst landscape.

People have been visiting this bluff shelter as far back as 7,000 BC. Coming to the attention of the Carnegie Institute, excavations were carried out in the 1930s, revealing an array of stone tools, basketry, and food remains. The site has been protected from all excavation and collection since becoming part of Buffalo National River in 1972 so that the remains of this unique site can be preserved for future generations.

The Indian Rockhouse is a moderate to strenuous trail with steep inclines/declines. Pets are not permitted on this trail.

 
Topographic map of the Indian Rockhouse. Trail marked by red and orange dashed lines. Elevation profile in top right corner. Key in lower left corner.
Topographic map of the Indian Rockhouse Trail.

Directions

From Yellville travel south on Highway 14 for 13 miles to the intersection of Highway 268, go left. The Buffalo Point Visitor Contact Station is 3 miles down on the right. The trailhead parking lot is 1/4 mile past that on the right. The Indian Rockhouse Trail starts across the road from the parking area.
 
Buffalo Point - Overlook Trail
View from the Overlook Trail.

Buffalo Point Campground Trails

  • Distance (roundtrip): 3 miles
  • Duration (roundtrip): 2 hours
  • Elevation Change: 400 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates: Lat: 36.08142653 Long: -92.5690563
The Buffalo Point Campground Trail system is made up of three interconnecting trails: Overlook Trail, Campground Trail, and the Forest Trail. You can begin this trail system from the Indian Rockhouse Trailhead parking area, from A Loop, the Lower Contact Station, or Pavilion #1 (near the group sites). Leashed pets are permited on this trail system.

If you are looking for a short (1.2 miles) and relatively easy hike try the Overlook Trail. The view of the gravel bar at Buffalo Point is stunning from the Overlook Trail.
 
Topographic map of the trail system at Buffalo Point. Blue dashed lines mark the Overlook Trail. Green dashed line marks the Campground Trail. The brown dashed line marks the Forest Trail. The trail elevation profile is in the upper right.
Topographic trail map of the Buffalo Point Campground Trails.

Directions

From Yellville travel south on Highway 14 for 13 miles to the intersection of Highway 268, go left. The Buffalo Point Visitor Contact Station is 3 miles down on the right. The Overlook Trailhead parking area is 1/4 mile past that on the right. This is the same trailhead that is used for the Indian Rockhouse Trail. You may also begin the Campground Trail from the Buffalo Point Campground (near the Lower Contact Station). The Forest Trail can be accessed from A Loop or Pavilion #1 (near the group sites).
 
Rush Mine Level Hiking Trail

Rush Mine Level Trail

  • Distance (one way): 1.5 miles
  • Duration (one way): 1 hour
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates: Lat: 36.1318785 Long: -92.56804299
In the 1880s zinc ore was discovered along Rush Creek and soon the rush to Rush began. Claims were staked out along the Rush Valley and neighboring Clabber Creek. A mining boom was well underway by the 1890s as miners, investors and service industries arrived from all over the country. The most famous of the Rush mines was the Morning Star Mine, which awed observers with its modern quarry production of ore. A community of homes and businesses developed along Rush Creek and endured until the 1960s. Come hike in the hills and valley of Rush and imagine what it would have been like to work and live here.
 
Topographic map of the Rush area. Red dashed lines are the .25 mile Morningstar Interpretive Loop. The brown dashed line is the 1.5 mile Rush Mine Level Trail. Map legend is in the lower right corner.
Topographic map of the Rush Valley hiking trails.

Directions

Take Highway 14 south out of Yellville and travel approximately 10 miles to the intersection of County Road 6035. Go left and travel 5 miles. You can gain access to the Morning Star Interpretive Loop and the Rush Mine Level Trail from the small gravel parking lot on the left. Look for a wooden shelter with interpretive signage. You can also start the Mine Level Trail from the Rush Launch Parking Lot at the very end of the road.
 
Buffalo River Trail - Dillard's Ferry

Buffalo River Trail: Dillard's Ferry to Spring Creek

  • Distance (one way): 6.1 miles
  • Duration (one way): 3.5 - 4.5 hours
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates: Lat:36.0655948779 Long: -92.5782528747
This section of the Buffalo River Trail takes you up and over Kimball and Stairstep Bluffs for picturesque views of the lower section of the Buffalo River.
 
Buffalo River Trail - Spring Creek Section

Directions

Take Highway 14 south out of Yellville and travel for approxmiately 16 miles to Dillard's Ferry, which is the bridge that crosses over the Buffalo River. Immediately south of the bridge turn right onto a gravel road, which will bring you to the parking area near the bridge. The trailhead begins under the bridge.
 
For more information about any of these trails or to have maps e-mailed to you please call the Buffalo Point Ranger Station at 870-449-4311.

Last updated: January 11, 2018

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