Explore the most popular camping trails in Buffalo National River Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The waterfall was neat, but the trails could have been more clearly marked (or marked at all).

I hiked this trail Sunday May 7th 2018. It was very well marked and cleared well. It was a few days after a good rain and the falls were running great. I was surprised to see the parking lot very crowded and I passed several large groups of people on my hike. The views were great and the big falls were amazing. I'm definitely going back. It took me about 45 minutes to get to the falls with a few stops for pictures and a little over an hour to get back up the mountain. If you are not fit enough for this hike and just want to see the falls, it's much easier to access the falls from the river by canoe, kayak or raft. From the river to the falls is a short hike that is much easier than the trail up and down to the Compton trail head. I highly recommend this hike!

hiking
11 days ago

Rough trail and tough hike but the scenery at sneeds Creek is awesome!!!!! if you follow sneeds Creek past granny Henderson's house, useing the Buffalo River Trail and cross the river, you can eventually pick up the hemmed in Hollow Trail back up to the trailhead. You can make this a big loop with the hemmed-in Hollow Trail.

This was a tough hike. Fun, if you like a challenge. The trip back was the hardest part, as it is all up hill. I was nervous about trying it after reading some reviews. But, it’s doable for most with average physical ability. I saw several families with children on this trail. The waterfall was beautiful. Bring plenty of water and wear good shoes!

Great trail. Nice scenery. The hike back up is hard, but it’s a great cardio workout.

Not the prettiest waterfall, but I believe it is the tallest in Arkansas. Trail was easy going down, but difficult going back up! Take plenty of water!!!

hiking
14 days ago

It's a cool hike and a great workout, but I was personally a little let down by the waterfall itself. Perhaps I need to stop expecting so much from waterfalls, but it is almost non-existent unless there has been rain recently. It is still a cool cliff face, but not what I was expecting.

hiking
18 days ago

Goat Trail was awesome!!!!

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome trail!!!! The scenery is towards the bottom as you near the Fall area. Easy trail to follow, but be prepared, and ready for a workout going back up to the trailhead. Be sure to go when you know the water is going to be running. Absolutely a beautiful area.

great trail, with wonderful scenery along the way and a awsome waterfall at the end

Stunning views and a tough hike! Definitely bring extra water and take your time back up!

hiking
1 month ago

The falls were impressive and a good flow of water was coming down. I couldn’t imagine walking down there just for a trickle because the climb back up is a doozy! Not a long hike by any means but will definitely test your stamina and heart on some sections coming back up. Good times!

Went in March of 2018. The top of the trail head had a chilling breeze but the weather was warm as we went downhill. It was gorgeous despite most of the trees not yet blooming green. It allowed for more views from the heights as we progressed down.

We got off the Trail accidentally traveling down a partially dried creek ending back on the trail at the river and made our way to the falls from there.

Overall a great trail but reveling to ones current cardio fitness on the way back up. I had to stop several times to catch my breath. Totally worth it.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a surprising trail. We added this loop onto our centerpoint trail to give us more miles. It turned out to be a new favorite. The creek is beautiful and a good place for water. There were several spots along creek with fire rings and flat spots to camp. There were some old cars abandon Apple orchards and a tough uphill climb.

Not the easiest to get to, but that means less people, and in my book, less is more. You're first decision is clockwise or counterclockwise. Clockwise will take you UP the road then onto the trail. The benefit being you finish on the trail. Counterclockwise you will finish on the road going down. The benefit being an easy walk downhill to finish. There is a trail to the Thunder Canyon Falls that you will miss if you are not looking. If you've read that it's slippery, it was an understatement, expect to slip and maybe you won't. Don't neglect the fire pit at the northern most portion of the trail. It's a great place to have lunch or play in the water. There is nothing spectacular about this trail but it is a solid 4 star. The distance is obviously longer if you trek back to the falls and it will take you longer than you think to get there.

I'm an average hiker and this trail was challenging coming out of the hollow. It took about an hour to get down to the falls, well worth the time, I must say. It was beautiful!! Short hike to the river to see it's beauty as well. Coming out was tough. Multiple stops to catch my breath, it took me about an hour and forty-five minutes to reach the top. Take plenty of water and a snack.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail. Hard enough to make you have to rest but not impossible i would stay away from in the hotter parts of the year if your not in really good shape. Plus jb trading post is real close to the trailhead. Really cool store with really staff.

The outing was fun but we added a couple of extra small trails off to the side on to our loop. The cave and cemetary were the highlight of Cecil Cove.

Thunder Canyon falls is beautiful. I went when it was frozen and it was just wonderful. The hike is long but simple. Getting there on the road can be tricky if it has rained!

This hike was difficult! Downhill to get there and uphill the entire way back. Make sure to go when hemmed in Hollow falls are actually running. Otherwise it won’t be a worthwhile pay off

Had a wonderful hike down to the falls and slightly more intense hike back up to the trailhead. I was worried initially as the forecast called for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 40s, but there was plenty of sun and the cool temps made for a pleasant hike. Was warned here and by other reviews to be adequate prepared, such as taking plenty of water and dressing appropriately (layers)...etc. The trip down only took me about thirty minutes and I had nice lunch alongside the falls. The trip back up took about an hour and fifteen minutes, due in large part to my frequent stops. I haven’t been that out of breath in quite a while. I kept telling myself that every step was one step closer to the trailhead, which I was grateful to finally see. Only encountered five other hikers while I was there, but wasn’t expecting it to be very crowded at this time of year.

One of my favorite hikes in the area, definitely more strenuous however totally worth the view once you reach the waterfall; also this hike connects with the goat trail which I would suggest doing if you’re trying to extend your hike and also see another amazing view from the goats tail.

This is a road, not a trail. It's the main dirt road that takes you to the trail head for Hawksbill.

The hike was absolutely gorgeous! It has rained four days very heavily before I went on this hike and it was very muddy! The falls was raging and it was such a gorgeous place to sit and have lunch. The walk back up was exhausting and now I’m walking like a baby deer but it was all so worth it!

One of the best

great and rewarding hike. This trail has much to offer. Honest advice, if you do not have strong and healthy trail legs then I do not recommend it. However if you want strong, firm, and toned glutes then by all means have fun on this trail! Fyi, take water and pack light.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. I've been on this trail several times but usually go to the falls and get on the trail from the Buffalo River when kayaking. I would love to do the full hike from the beginning of the trail. maybe I will do it this year in the spring of 2018. I highly recommend it if you are an experienced hiker.

It’s a tough hike back out but sure worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Very hard, but rewarding

hiking
4 months ago

This was the hardest hike I have ever done, and perhaps the most memorable. The elevation change is incredible. straight down to the waterfall, then straight up to the parking area. A good old Arkansas summer thunderstorm hit on the way up making it a wet but fun hike back up. stunningly beautiful!

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