Tyler Bend Trail System is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near St Joe, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing and is accessible year-round.
Note: Dogs are not allowed on any Tyler Bend Trails. You can take them down to the gravel bars by the river. Small-mouth bass, catfish and sunfish are the most popular fish to catch on the Buffalo River, but visitors should be aware that an Arkansas fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the river. The middle river location also allows for extended seasons for kayaking and tubing. If there's enough rain, the sports can go through mid to late summer. Get a dose of history by hiking to the Collier Homestead, a restored Ozark dwelling from the 1930's. The homestead remembers one of the homes built by settlers in response to the Homestead Act of 1862.
I wanted to mention that dogs are not allowed on leashes for any of the Tyler Bend Trails. I learned the hard way. They are allowed on the gravel bars by the river. Other than that it was a nice hike with pretty views.
If you're looking for info on the second section of the rugged Buffalo River Trail system -- you check in at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center first, then drive west -- see my review of the great but challenging 14-mile ridgeline hike from Woolum Campground to U.S. 65, here: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/arkansas/buffalo-river-trail?ref=search
Tyler Bend has a series of four hikes that can be combined to create a couple of loop trails. I did all four. They take you through wooded hillsides, historic rock walls, pioneer cabins/homesteads, bluff overlooking Buffalo River and more. A small visitor center is located at the site. Full service campsites and river access. Great destination for a number of reasons.
Riverview section has some steep spots but great views. The trails intersect and cross but are well marked. Trails are pretty rocky so watch your step. Do not miss the Collier Homestead. Camping area is great!
A fairly easy trail with no steep inclines. There are several trails within the trail system at the Buffalo River National Park (Tyler Bend) that intersect, so once you get started you can change trails at intersections to extend or reduce your distance as needed. Several spots on the trail are exposed to cliffs so those hiking with children would need to be careful.