Hiking in the Middle District

Riverview Trail Footbridge
Trail bridge on the Riverview Trail.

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Tyler Bend Trails

  • Distance: 4.5 miles, but can vary.
  • Duration: 3 hours, but will vary depending on the loop(s) hiked.
  • Elevation Change: 300 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates: Lat: 35.985993 Long: - 92.763147
The Riverview, Spring Hollow, Buck Ridge, and Rock Wall Trail can be accessed from the Tyler Bend Visitor Center and Campground area. These trails form a network of trails that connect to the Buffalo River Trail. Hikers can plan loops of varying lengths to suit their time and ability. Two highlights on this trail system include the Sod Collier Homestead and the view of the confluence of Calf Creek and the Buffalo River from the Riverview Trail.
 
Topographic map of the Tyler Bend hiking trails.
Topographic map of the hiking trails at Tyler Bend.

Directions

Take Highway 65 south from Harrison and travel approximately 30 miles. Cross the Buffalo River and drive to the top of the hill. Look for a sign marking the Tyler Bend entrance on the right. Travel approximately 2.3 miles on the park road and you will come to the Visitor Center.
 
View from Peter Cave Overlook Bluff
View from the Peter Cave Bluff Overlook.

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Buffalo River Trail - Woolum to Tyler Bend

  • Distance (one way): 11.4 miles
  • Duration (one way): At least one full day, two days recommended.
  • Elevation Change: 550 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates (Woolum Campground): Lat: 35.9721127 Long: - 92.8819327
The Buffalo River Trail follows along the south side of the river from Woolum to Tyler Bend for a little more than 11 miles. The trail is moderate with gradual inclines and a few steep switchbacks. You will be rewarded with great views of the river from Dave Manes, Whisenant, and Peter Cave Bluffs. If river levels are low, you will not have any water in side drainages so you will need to pack in enough water for your hike.



Hikers will need to ford the river and Richland Creek if starting the trail from Woolum Campground. Check river and creek levels before you begin your hike by calling the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502.
 
Topographic map of the Buffalo River Trail between Woolum and Tyler Bend.
Topographic map of the Buffalo River Trail between Woolum and Tyler Bend.

Directions

Take Highway 65 south from Harrison approximately 25 miles to St. Joe. Turn right onto Highway 374. Continue onto County Road 18 and stay right onto County Road 14.
 
Gilbert Railroad Trail
The Railroad Trail at Gilbert.

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Gilbert Trails - Buffalo River Trail & Old Railroad Trail

  • Distance (one way):
    • Buffalo River Trail: 3.7 miles
    • Old Railroad Trail: 2.4 miles
  • Duration (one way): Approximately 2 hours
  • Elevation Change:
    • Buffalo River Trail: 300 feet
    • Old Railroad Trail: 60 feet
  • Trailhead Coordinates:
    • Buffalo River Trail: Lat: 35.98577952 Long: - 92.74899364
    • Old Railroad Trail: Lat: 35.98773799 Long: - 92.71556251
This section of the Buffalo River Trail follows the north side of the river between the Highway 65 bridge and the small town of Gilbert. Starting at Shine Eye the trail is open to hikers and horses.

The Old Raildroad Trail follows the river east from Gilbert along the former route of the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad. This relatively flat trail takes you to a point where the railroad crossed the Buffalo River at Red Bluff. The trail ends at the old piers.

 
Topographic map of the hiking trails at Gilbert.
Topographic map of the hiking trails at Gilbert.

Directions

To begin the Buffalo River Trail from the Highway 65 bridge/Griner's Ferry follow Highway 65 south from Harrison and travel approximately 30 miles. At the bridge turn into Grinder's Ferry.

To begin the Buffalo River Trail or Old Railroad Trail from Gilbert take Highway 65 south from Harrison for approximately 27 miles and turn left onto Highway 333 and drive 3 miles to Gilbert. The trailhead is located beside the vault restroom just before the river access point.
 
For more information about any of these trails or to have maps e-mailed to you please call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502.

Last updated: December 12, 2017

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402 N. Walnut Street
Suite 136

Harrison, AR 72601

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(870) 439-2502

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