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Question, not a review: Is this a trail or a river float?

We went on a Saturday and Sunday. We tried fishing in Saturday but there was way to many people, and a lot of drinking. Sunday was awesome, we'll do it again, but not on a Saturday.

paddle sports
4 months ago

Great float river. Very busy, do during the week to miss the crowds We did 26 miles talking out at Lead Mine.

Grew up on this stretch of the river. One of the most beautiful places. Lots of trails, fishing, hunting, and canoeing opportunities. Summer is very hectic with tourists. I've quit going on the weekends because of the # of people. Autumn is perfect...less people....amazing colors.

We hiked from Boxley to Pruitt (roughly 37 miles) from June 6-9. It was hot and tick-filled but a great backpacking trip! The trail was a bit overgrown in some parts, but still pretty easy to navigate--a good amount of blazes helped! Lots of already established backcountry campsites. Sadly, campers before us did not do a good job practicing LNT principles :-(

Quite a few creek beds were dry but we were still able to find a good amount of water.

A friend and I backpacked this trail (Buffalo River Trail with connecting trails to the Old River Trail) earlier this week. We actually began at the trail’s beginning at the Boxley trailhead, which is 11 miles southwest of the Ponca trailhead, and we hiked to the trail’s conclusion at Pruitt, some 37 miles from Boxley; we took four days to hike and camped three nights. Past Steel Creek, we took a connecting trail (marked “Primitive Trail”) down from the BRT in the mountains to the ORT along the river. We followed the ORT to Jim’s Bluff, where we spent our second of three nights. The next day, we followed this old and poorly-marked horse trail to Hemmed-In Hollow, which is a box canyon containing the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and Rockies; from there, we trekked along the ORT for three more miles in our water shoes to reconnect with the BRT at Kyle’s Landing.

We fell in love with this trail—what a wild, beautiful and unforgiving terrain with incredible views, ozark glades, waterfalls, wildlife and homestead ruins around every bend. Something to consider, though: while we found many backcountry campsites with water sources toward the beginning of the trail, we found very few toward the end. Past Kyle’s Landing, the trail stayed high above the river, and with little remaining light, we were forced to stealth-camp past Erbie at one of the only sections of trail with river access. (We could have camped at Erbie campground if we’d carried more cash and less pride.)

Awesome hike! Lots of water to tred through along the way, beautiful sights, and good swimming hole spots!

paddle sports
9 months ago

Great river. Lots of caves and springs to explore on the upper section above Alley Spring. Great swimming and fishing for the whole family.

Love this river! Can’t get enough

paddle sports
9 months ago

Fun little section with the put in and take out less than a mile apart. Great section for quick trips when you just need to get in the water and mess around

paddle sports
11 months ago

Fantastic 2 day float. We navigated just fine the Rock Slide (rapids at the low water level experience when we went.) Very scenic, and we had the river to ourselves.

paddle sports
11 months ago

Floating the river was a much different than any river that I've previously floated. First time in an inflatable kayak and canoe. It was fun to see turtles all along the river on the warm day. One of the steepest and narrowest canyons that I've ever been in.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

great river great scenery

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Awesome trail! We hiked in on the Old river trail about 9.5 miles first day and camped off of the “primitive route”. Found a great camping spot right next to a spring with great water. Hiked back to the horse stables the next day and then onto the BRT! Beautiful scenery and the BRT is a real butt kicker!

paddle sports
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

I completed 8 miles of this on a family float trip. It was beautiful with little to no people when we went. There was also a cute little duck that swam around the boat for awhile

Can't wait to do it again!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Really enjoyed hiking this place. I plan to go back in the fall.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hiked from Kyle's Landing to Steel Creek on the BRT. Then canoed from Steel Creek back to Kyle's Landing on the Buffalo River. A really cool way to make a "loop" back to the vehicle while getting some hiking and canoeing in. Awesome Place! Will be going back soon to hike the most western and most eastern parts of the BRT to finish the trail off!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Second time to hike BRT from Steel Creek to Kyle's Landing and back to Steel Creek on ORT via Horseshoe Bend.

paddle sports
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Only floated this once.
During the week, late summer.
Almost alone, it was great.

paddle sports
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Love this River. Wintertime can be AWESOME !!!
But just sitting on any of these gravel bars is all I need.

river perfect but beware if you own personal equipment the private campgrounds and canoe outfitters will refuse your business and try to make your life rough

paddle sports
Monday, November 07, 2016

Yes, this is a canoe float, not a hiking trail.

paddle sports
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Love this section of the river when the rapids are racing!

One of my favorite canoeing rivers in southern MO. The traffic was lite the last time we went.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Just stopped by to see it, nice enough. People please, please follow Leave No Trace, there are sections littered with trash. It takes away from the experience for everyone.

I'll update my review once we get on the river.

paddle sports
Saturday, June 04, 2016

I love kayaking the Mulberry. Turner Bend is a great outfitter and they make the best sandwiches for your day on the water. Water rises and falls fast so check day of or perhaps evening before float. Again, turner's website will tell you daily levels and experience requirements. ENJOY

paddle sports
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Great float. Returned and did it with the family. Have canoed the Niangua numerous times with several routes. Always a great float.

It is very common to see Bald Eagles in the area. This trip a bald eagle swooped down with in 20 ft. of us.

Beautiful kayaking spot. We put in at Indian Creek and kayaked down to Redding. It's a good balance between small rapids and leisurly floating. Some areas had more turbulent water and exposed rocks, but it seemed more of an easy float for our group. Definately be careful after a good rain as the river rises quickly. The locals told us a lot of stories about rescues. The local places will shuttle you for a fee and are very friendly and knowledgeable. We had vehicles parked at different places to shuttle ourselves. Nearby: stop at Byrd's Adventure Center and Turner Bend store

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