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 trail is easy. It's more like a nature walk. It offers nothing to an experienced hiker. While the rock formations are nice, the amount of traffic in the area ruins the experience. Through the whole valley all you hear is soccer moms yelling at their screaming kids and the smell of Axe body spray is overwhelming. More like a singles bar than a hiking trail.
Steep, rocky, moderate difficulty trail with amazing waterfalls, caves and rock features. The first half of the trail is flat, but the second has a substantial amount of elevation change to reach the large cave entrance. (Make sure to bring a headlamp to venture back into the waterfall!!) Stay along the right hand side of the cave to trek back and crawl about 100m into the cave to reach the waterfall room. Highly recommend!
This ended up being so much better than I expected. The wide, gravel path made it seem more like a nature center than a good area for any interesting hiking. I was so wrong. The natural bridge (which I scrambled through), Cob Cave, the falls, and the cave.. all were breathtaking. Everything is fairly easy to get to. There's some scrambling over rocks if you *really* want to see everything, plus lots of steep stairs - all worth it.
I had a weak flashlight, and I made this trip solo, so I didn't venture far enough into the cave to see the waterfall. I am definitely coming back (with a headlamp and a buddy!) to do so.
This is a short trail, but there are many great trails in the area: Smith Creek, Hawksbill Crag, and the BRT, to name a few. If you're in the area during fall or winter it's also a good time to check out the elk.
Sharon C. on Lost Valley Trail
My boyfriend and I hiked the trail in March 2016. We also kayaked the river. Water was still running good. The cave at the end was fantastic. Don't forget to take a good light!