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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.

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

hiking
6 days ago

Great Hike!! Challenging but worth it!! Not a ton of water, but still a few swimming holes for the kids to swim in!

I loved the goat trail! Such a beautiful view of the buffalo river & it's a good workout on the way out up that huge hill.

backpacking
9 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail! It was definitely hard, but it was breath taking by the end. Just absolutely gorgeous! Would definitely go back here!

We hiked this trail last Thursday and it was a great hike! it is like others say hike all the way down on the way in and then a long hike all the way up on the way out, so be ready to feel those legs burn:) the view on the bluff is awesome!!! watch where you walk there are big rocks on the majority of the trail that you could mess up your ankle on!

We just hiked up the indian creek trail last Friday. Man it was awesome!!!! we went the high road on the way there and then walked the river side on the way back. We were told there wouldn't be any water there at this time of the year, but we went anyways. there was water in many spots flowing. still was an absolute blast to go see. we climbed the bluff and went through the cave and up to the eye of the needle. it was awesome. definitely a trail you do not want to miss. we did catch a couple snakes along the way so be careful, they were copperheads.

Killer views! A good, hard hike. Downhill all the way in, so uphill all the way out... Great way to spend the day!

hiking
23 days ago

Neat old homestead and outbuildings. We do the hike from Ponca to Steel Creek. Nice hike. (1.8 miles, moderate.)

We have been here twice - once in the summer and during a drought (no water at all) and once after a good bit of rain in the spring. Definitely worth seeing! When dry, you can see the depth of the cascade of the boulders and rocks (huge drops) and many places to climb and scramble. It's a short trail, but can be slippery - just use caution. The road to get there is pretty rough, so 4WD and high clearance is recommended. As you approach, the water often runs across the road, and the trail is on the opposite side (right side of the road, left of the water flow), which means you will most likely get a little wet. So worth it. There's two places where the stream breaks to create Falls. The first one is pretty, but the second one is even better. Worth the trip!