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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.

Awesome views and well worth the effort it takes to get back to the truck.

If you're trying to get really injured or die do this hike! seriously this was the most dangerous and treacherous hike I've ever done. To say that this is not a well marked hike is an understatement. There are NO signs indicating the trail goes to eye of the needle or Indian creek which had us circling the campgrounds and ultimately driving back to somewhere with service to phone a friend and confirm that the buffalo river trail / kyles landing sign was the right place to start. And as if this wasn't already a treacherous "hike" there's a million and one spiderwebs for you to walk face first into (going during summer not advised at all go in fall or spring although I wouldn't go in general). Rocks are extremely slippery. We are in our 20s athletic and in good shape and we still are very much in pain.
I really wish I could say the end made it all worth it but it didn't Bc a) a hiker on his way back said to not go through the eye as it was really slippery and he had injured himself hence why he was high tailing it out so he could stitch up his hand b) the cave and waterfall you could see were anticlimactic. All in all just look up a picture of this place on google it's not worth dying for.

Beautiful! I'm from Texas and just started the hiking game. It was breathtaking!! That was partly from the views and partly from the way back up. Like literally took my breath... I just started making my overweight self do some cardio a couple months ago. Honestly, most able-bodied person can do this hike! I'm working up to a big hike in September so wore my 30-40 pd backpack. I stopped several times to enjoy the views and out of need on the way back up.

Great shade and only a couple people. Wear hiking shoes FOR SURE and will need lots of water on the way back up.

Seriously one of the Best trails I've been on. If you're looking for adventure, you've found it here! Note towards the end of the trail there are 4 rope lines you must use to get up to the bluff. Once you reach the bluff, you will scale the side to the left. There is a little hole you must pass under then climb just a little more before reaching the Eye of the Needle. There is also a cool little cave just off to the right.

Fun trail! Took me 3 hours. I ran some. The bluffs are beautiful. Great morning hike. Today there was thick fog until about 9:30 but it had cleared by the time I got out to the bluffs. Awesome views. Easy-moderate trail until you get near the bluffs. Then you just have to watch your step. Nothing crazy, but pay attention. Some slick spots. The first half off the trail is smooth enough to run a lot. If you're going out before most people (I didn't see others until 10) bring a stick to clear spider webs. There were a lot.

Ouch. Not for a rookie like myself.

One of my favorite places. The ambiance of this place make me come back again and again.

Can't wait to do it again!

Awesome!!

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

beautiful views at the end. trails are in good shape. agree with previous poster who writes the rest of the journey is rather basic. good exercise tho'. bring bug spray. and lots of trash at the end of Goat Trail. pack it out, please!

backpacking
1 month ago

This was tough! I camped at big bluff and hiked to hemmed-in falls the next morning and back out to centerpoint trail head. The walk back was brutal.