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Lunch looking over the Buffalo. The price for the view is paid on the way out. It was not busy at all today and had the bluff to ourselves for lunch. Be sure to stop in at BOC in Ponca..

Easily the best view of any hike I’ve been on in Arkansas. Amazing! Once you get to what you think is the view, keep going, it only gets better. It took us 2 1/2 hours total. Mainly uphill all the way back but if you’re in good shape it shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t recommend taking little kids. Too dangerous. I am terrified of heights and had to force myself to walk across the big bluff. It was so worth it. And the juniper trees look like works of art. Unbelievable view.

Not much of a trail till you hit the goat trail. Once you are there though you are rewarded with one of the best views in the Ozarks. Take a seat, have a snack and soak it in. Know your limits, but don't let the goat trail intimidate you. It's a sidewalk.

The hike in and out isn’t too spectacular, going in you have a nice vista of the surrounding mountains but they quickly disappear. Personally I found this trail more annoying to descend, it’s very rocky and rutted up by horses (which, I’m not sure this is the best trail for horses...) if it’s wet at all it becomes very marshy and muddy. The payoff is more than worth it and I definitely plan to hike this trail again and spend time in the backcountry. There is much to see and enjoy. The hike out was not bad and the ascent is spread out. I only remember one difficult hill that’s about 2/3 of the way back, the rest is easily manageable. Also I only logged 640ft of elevation gain and I was back and forth on some of the trail multiple times so I think the 1000 some feet of elevation gain isn’t quite right. It’s definitely not that severe.

Beautiful views

Absolutely Beautiful! Some of the prettiest country I have ever seen.

It was a difficult trail for me to complete, but I loved it.

Awesome place .We have been here several times but on this weekend we did a 3 day hike ..We started at the Randolf trailhead .Took the 202,209,and the 200 the first day .In which we figured was around 9.5 miles to where we camped for the night ..The next morning we finished the 200 to the 224,204,204b and then set up camp at the crossing with the 209..We figured this to be around 9.5 miles as well ..This spot next to the river is, in my opinion, the best camp spot Ive found In the Sipsey.. The next morning we packed up and followed the 209 to the 201...Finding the 201 is pretty tough if youve never been here.. Signs are not real clear here ..The trail ,once you cross the river an go right for about 40 yards , will actually go left straight up the hill on the other side ..The beginning of the 201 is a tough one too, but fun and beautiful like all the others here .The 201 took us back to the truck .For what we figured to be around 6 miles ,making the total trip around 24 to 25 miles and the end of an awesome weekend ..Each trail on this loop is unique in its own way..I would say of all these trails ,the 224 would be an easy trail (especially if you went south east on it..It all be down hill ) ..The 204b would be the hardest by far .It can test you for sure .One of my favorites so far . I will definately be back .And looking foward to doing more of the nothern trails ..

Easy down not so easy up. Lunch with the view was worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

The Big Bluff is very cool with Amazing scenery. I would definitely rate higher than Whitaker Point.

Great view. May get a little boring on the way out.

Amazing views of the buffalo river valley well worth the hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views that are well worth it. Bring lots of water! I logged 14 miles the first day just doing this trail and bouncing around various river trails. Save some energy and water for the hike back!!!! It’s all uphill and seems to never end. Loved this trail.

Rewarding views around every turn! I started on the southern loop on day 2 but it was an exhausting series of switchbacks so I went back and explored the northern section again. Has everything! Towering bluffs, gurgling creek, plenty of camping spots, 200’ cliff/waterfall (if running). Even a creepy old cabin. Lots of hikers and horses on the northern section but it didn’t feel crowded. Peaceful, serene. I’d go every weekend if I could. Trail was poorly marked in several crucial areas. Expect to cross the river several times.

backpacking
2 months ago

Just spent 3 days in the area. Trail is moderate to the Bluffs. However, from the top of the Goat trail, Centerpoint trail becomes difficult heading down to ORT. Bluffs are beautiful. There’s even a cave big enough for a small tent in the Bluff.

Absolutely amazing view. 350’ above the Buffalo National River.

backpacking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning views from the top of Big Bluff. I stayed in a cave off the side of the cliff. Had to take my pack off a few times, but the trail continues on where it looks like it stops. There are several caves to camp out in. The hike back was uphill almost the entire way. Well worth it though. One of my favorite trips, hands down.

on Centerpoint to Goat Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Bring plenty of water

Worth it!

I'm only giving it a four star rating (and not a 5) because it is ALL up hill on the way back!!! I know.... I was warned, but I went (for the second time) on a very warm day; that was not the best idea. Love this trail and the bluff. I is easy to navigate without getting lost which is always a plus for me. I enjoy myself a lot more when I'm not too worried about taking a wrong turn.

We enjoyed Centerpoint to Goat Trail. The views were amazing. The hike out is uphill like everyone says. We were exhausted from a full day’s hike connecting other trails.

We hiked over to Sneed’s Creek, and cut through to Hemmed in Hallow. Made for a great day trip. We drank about 3 liters of water each for the whole day. It’s was overcast and misty though, we might would have needed more had it been sunny and hot. There are also man made campsites (clearings) along the way of each trail we encountered. All around a great area to spend a weekend.

Our group is starting from Clark’s fork side and hiking 9/19-9/20. Anyone interested in doing a key swap?
Brittinytownsend@gmail.com

looking to do a car swap 9/20 or 9/21. we're planning to hike it over 3 days / 2 nights. please contact me if interested: Trevor, treleemiller@gmail.com

Howdy. Looking for a car swap this sat, 9/22.

Ron

ronoslavski@gmail.com

hiking
2 months ago

Anyone interested in a car swap starting the afternoon of the 25th, return 27th evening or 28th morning?

Ron

ronoslavski@gmail.com

Beautiful View!! This hike was amazing and peaceful only met two other people on the trail. We started early in the morning and it was a easy hike in an not to bad on the way out either. Lots of spider webs!!

hike going to goat trail is so worth it!..take your time going back coz it be uphill mostly but you can do it.

Some of the best views of the river! Centerpoint trail gets a little boring but Goats trail is well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Looking to car swap from sept 8th-10th. Don’t care about direction, really,

Email me lgtheophilo@gmail.com

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing trail. Took 9 days to do this. challenging but worth it.

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