river

hiking

forest

views

no dogs

walking

camping

kid friendly

wild flowers

birding

nature trips

fishing

trail running

canoeing

waterfall

wildlife

backpacking

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.

Hiked with my boyfriend in May 2017. Fun trail we loved the views. Hike out was pretty rough, a lot of flooding had really washed out the trail. We thought on the way down hill it would be a pain on the way back- we were right.
Would do again, for sure!

The trail has a lot of cool stick bugs along the way. The bluff is amazing and the views from it are spectacular, especially in the fall with the leaves changing.

Cons:
Poorly marked
No grand views

Pros:
Very physically demanding
Poorly marked (also a pro because I like a challenge)
Unique scenery (rock formations and boulders mostly) Feeling of complete isolation
Low traffic

Don’t drive a car to get to it. I drove my miata (survived) and am still shaking gravel out of places. Apple maps will lead you right to it though. Kyles Landing provides great camping as well beside the trail head for $6, self-pay. Restrooms as well.
The trail itself as I stated is poorly marked and some trees have fallen blocking certain paths. When in doubt or feeling lost, follow the creek bed and you’ll reach the cave at the end (which is inaccessible due to the prevention of white nose disease for bats). If it’s dry, it’s not a huge problem navigating upstream. Didn’t get my feet wet once in October. Definitely dangerous in some places, but that’s part of the fun! Took me nearly 3 hours to complete the trail, and I stopped and took plenty of photos and plenty of meanderings. Only ran into 2 other people along the way. Would rate this 9.7/10, just wishing the camping was free.

The impressive part of this hike is Goat Trail and walking the ledge of the Bluff. Breath taking. It really tests you mentally. And so worth it!

Great easy trail. The rock overhang can be climbed down to explore with a little scampering. Kids loved it

Great, hard and dangerous

Awesome , the views are amazing, take plenty of water as you will need it on the hike out

backpacking
13 days ago

Fun hike but so much elevation gain! Was in fairly good shape when I went and found myself and my partner winded on these climbs. Very worth it, camped on the river and was able to go back through about 7 river crossings. Be sure to bring shoes that can get wet or you're able to be fairly stable in the river for when you might have to cross.

Awesome trail, take plenty of water you will need it coming out.

Very easy to follow. As others have stated the trail itself isn't particularly pretty, but the view at the end is completely worth it. ... and omg the spider webs