Buzzard Roost Trail is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clarksville, AR that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Buzzard Roost Scenic Area Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail leading to a weathered Sand Stone outcropping with 40 ft. deep crevises that have slots and cave like setting underneath, a small natural arch and then leads to one of the largest natural arches less than 1/2 mile away.
Pretty easy trail, no real strenuous points. It took my friend and I about an hour to locate the trail head. Google Maps marks the dirt road that the trail starts on as Country Rd 1805.
Directions: In Pelsor head west on 123 (the sign says south). After about 5-6 miles you'll see a random dirt road with a stop sign, a few feet in you'll see a yellow sign that says something about single lane traffic, this is the road. About 3 miles in you'll come to a fork, keep left and in about 2 more miles you'll make it to a White House with a tombstone. The instructions say something about a barn but it must have either been covered by overgrown trees or removed because we couldn't find it. The trail starts about 50 feet down the road from the white house. On the trail you'll eventually come to two forks the trail continues to the right (not sure where the left leads), and shortly after a second fork (left: stone arch/right: Buzzards Roost).
Stone Arch: Heading left on the second fork will lead you to another fork, keeping right will take you to the beginning of a small descending trail that leads to a large stone arch.
Buzzards Roost: Heading right will lead you straight to Buzzards Roost and its Caves.
All in all a fun short trail, we camped down by the rock formations. I recommend going in the fall/winter when the trees aren't so full for the best views of both the rocks and arch.
Loved this hike.....caves and natural arches were spectacular!!!!
Read "Voices of Moccasin Creek" by Tate C. Page before visiting the area. Once you have visited the Buzzard's Roost you can make the drive down to Treat and visit the old blacksmiths cave. Lots of history in the area.
The trail for Buzzard's Roost isn't marked, but follow these steps and I'll get cha there! As mentioned in an earlier post, when driving in, keep left and continue on past CR 1802. About a mile later you'll find an old white house with a tombstone in the front yard for Waterman. Park here and the ATV trail across the road is the trail you want. Follow it until the trail forks then go right. The trail then forks again, the right fork (marked by an orange arrow on a tree) will lead you to Buzzard's Roost, the left fork will lead you to a tremendous stone arch. Follow the trail to your right and you'll find a clearing with a tree marked BR. You have arrived! Both the roost and arch are well worth the hike and compare to some of the best natural bridges and rock shelters I've seen in the area.
Awesome hike! There are two arches. The most impressive one is easy to find if you make the first right on your way back to the parking area then stay to the right at the fork. The trailhead is not currently in the right location on this app. CR1802 splits and you should take the left CR1805. The trailhead is 6.5 miles off Hwy123.
Buzzard roost is an easy hike following a ATV trail back to the scenic overlook and then just a short distance to the north, a large natural arch. You can spend an hour exploring the underneath side of the bluff as you wander the cave like maze. Well worth the short 2 mile hike in to the bluff. The hike in is an easy hike. Primitive camping allowed.