America's First National River Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River.
This stunning trail's short length, restrooms and picnic area make it a really nice hike for kids. My two are thrilled with this trail, especially the first two caves that they can climb in. We have been a few times this year, the last time being just a few weeks ago (end of September) during breeding season, and we still didn't see any. Lucky us!
In May, the waterfalls were running high and the scenery was stunning. In October, there was only a trickle. Still a fun and beautiful, kid-friendly hike. Very crowded area, though. If you want solitude, this is definitely not the place to find it!
Very short and easy trail with not a whole lot to see until you get to the end at the top where there are some cool caves and rock formations, along with the waterfall, which was unfortunately dry due to lack of recent rain. Hiked it with my wife who had a bum ankle so I did not take advantage of some of the scrambling opportunities that are available. Would like to go back after some rain when the waterfall is running along with the creek and to do some of the scrambling/climbing. Read several reviews of people seeing copperheads but we didn't encounter any.
A beautiful short hike with caves and a waterfall. One of my favorites but be careful and keep an eye out for Copperhead snakes! We recently hiked it and crossed paths with 5 Copperheads on the trail. I even stepped on one but luckily was not bitten. Other people said they saw some that we did not see so they were EVERYWHERE! I did look up online that we were right in the middle of breeding season for them so that was probably why we saw so many. All and all though it is a great hike and I will definitely do it again just after the snake mating season!
I love this trail for many reasons. The first mile or so of the trail is a very accessible trail for anyone. Lots of rocks to climb around on on the way to Eden Falls, which is really pretty when iced over in the winter. At the top of the falls is a cave. You have to jump over the rushing water to the other side of the cave, where you can start making your way back to the waterfall that comes out of the ceiling in the cave. There are normally little hats along the walls of the cave. Bring flash lights or head lamps. You need to be agile to get through some tight spaces, but it doesn't take but a couple minutes to weave your way back.