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Best trails in Buffalo National River

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Looking for a great trail in Buffalo National River, Arkansas? AllTrails has 48 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 30 moderate trails in Buffalo National River ranging from 0.7 to 13.7 miles and from 505 to 2,083 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining un-dammed 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.

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Map of trails in Buffalo National River
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
(870) 439-2502
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Top trails (48)
#1 - Lost Valley Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
The cave on this trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Note this area is heavily visited on the weekends. Best visited during the week if you want a little solitude. Trail rShow more
#2 - Centerpoint to Goat Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
The trail's destination is the Big Bluff overlooking the Buffalo River. It is considered the tallest along the Buffalo at over 500 ft. tall. The side trail that leads to an outcropping on the bluff iShow more
#3 - Hemmed in Hollow Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Hemmed in Hollow Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking anShow more
#4 - Indian Creek Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Please note that this is not an official trail, is unmaintained, and can be very dangerous. Proceed with caution. Indian Creek trail is known for the most accidents in the Buffalo River trail system.Show more
#5 - Indian Rock House Self-guided Nature Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
The Indian Rock House is a loop trail that winds across hillsides and along a beautiful stream to the spectacular Indian Rockhouse Cave, which once sheltered prehistoric bluff-dwelling Native AmericanShow more
#6 - Triple Falls Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
Triple Falls (aka Twin Falls) at Boy Scout camp Orr, is a simple hike along the trail on the north side of the creek that heads west from the parking to the 48 ft. tall falls, arguably the most scenicShow more
#7 - Hideout Hollow Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Hideout Hollow Falls trail is a short two mile out and back trail through second growth timber leading to a high bluff that eventually winds its way to the top of a 37 ft. tall waterfall. The wet weaShow more
#8 - Ponca to Pruitt via Buffalo River Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 24.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Ponca to Pruitt via Buffalo River Trail is a 24.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ponca, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nShow more
#9 - Paige Falls and Broadwater Hollow Falls
Buffalo National River
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 12 m
A short hike off the gravel road follows a scenic creek to two water falls in 1/3 of a mile. Paige Falls is eight foot tall and Broadwater Hollow Falls is twenty-one feet tall. The creek itself has sShow more
#10 - Cecil Cove Loop Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
This is a scenic trail that crosses Cecil creek several times, has bluffs, historic homsteads, and old cemetery.Show more
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