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

hiking
2 days ago

3.5/5
Hiked on a rainy day with two teenagers and two adults in our group. I would rate it on the lower end of moderate. The most difficult portion comes with the cave area, where you’ll need to scramble smooth rocks if you want to see everything. A headlamp will help with the cave, too. The water level was too low to enjoy the falls, but there were some cool views, anyway.

My wife and I hiked this and it’s amazing!!! The cave at the end is pretty cool!! Beautiful hike!!

hiking
10 days ago

A beautiful trail, even with low water levels. I went into the cave where there is a small spring fed waterfall. A headlamp is very helpful to make to crawl back to the cave. My 6’4” husband couldn’t get to the cave. The first part of the trail was easy, after that I would rate it as moderate.

We hiked from Boxley to Pruitt (roughly 37 miles) from June 6-9. It was hot and tick-filled but a great backpacking trip! The trail was a bit overgrown in some parts, but still pretty easy to navigate--a good amount of blazes helped! Lots of already established backcountry campsites. Sadly, campers before us did not do a good job practicing LNT principles :-(

Quite a few creek beds were dry but we were still able to find a good amount of water.

hiking
13 days ago

This was a really pretty trail, but it is hard to get to if your not from the area. Needs better signs. It hasn't rained much so the waterfall was a drizzle for us. Pretty views.

Awesome trail. Loved the rock stairways and different water falls along the way. Wish we were there when water was running. It would be even more beautiful in early spring.

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked today and the trail was over grown with tall grass. Ticks were out in force.

hiking
26 days ago

Very fun for those who love waterfalls. Kinda crowded on weekends and holidays but overall super fun and beautiful

What a wonderful hike! Varied terrain, views, more little creeks/brooks than you can count. All of this leading to and from an amazing destination that is the Indian Rock House. Not once does the trail become monotonous or mundane - there is so much to see!
Make sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp if you want to explore the small cave within the rock house. If you go after a rain you will most likely get your feet wet as the trail crosses over the creek several times.
Really enjoyed it!

We camped at the campground the night before in really hard rainfall so of course the trail was really wet when we went the next day. It was really pretty and we only saw one other group on our hike on memorial day weekend. The trail is kinda hard to find, a park ranger had to point us the right direction. Definitely worth the hike. There are several lookout points and waterfalls along the trail. We were also able to sit at the edge of a waterfall looking out onto the river. It was a great spot for our morning snack!

The trail is great but was wildly busy on a weekend day. There was barely any parking left and the trail was crowded. That being said, it's a fun hike with lots to see. There's a couple little caves and the one at the end of the trail is fun to crawl through. Bring a headlight or flashlight and enjoy. Right when you enter the cave, there's a room on the left that you have to duck into, but is quite tall once inside and is a cool place to see.

hiking
1 month ago

Wowsers! Hiked this trail on 05/19/2018 and LOVED it! The water level was WAAAY down, so crossing the creek back and forth to keep on the trail wasn’t an issue. However, that’s not to say the hike was “easy” - This is an incredibly challenging trail - There are extremely slick rocks, ledges the width of your foot that if you slipped, you’d fall down several feet into those extremely slick rocks, boulder scrambling and then of course, the steep rope-aided climb at the end. We planned for 2 hours for this 4.7 mile hike, but it ended up taking us 3 hours and 15 minutes, (keep in mind we went crazy fast on the way back) - You should easily anticipate for 4 hours. For those afraid of heights, or those who aren’t sure-footed, DON’T attempt this hike - If you don’t have any of those issues and you’re at a reasonable fitness level and like challenges, then you’ll love this trail. Do note: the last rope is fraying quite a bit - While the other ropes and anchor-types were great, the last rope’s integrity is seeming sketchy - Would definitely recommend a qualified person looking at replacing in the near future. Also note: I picked up a lone star tick on this trail, so prepare accordingly.

Love this hike. And crawling back into cave to see fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail! Well maintained and clean with beautiful scenery! Go in early spring after a good rain to see the waterfalls running full. A little crowded, but so worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

This adventure will be at the top of your list once you conquer it. You'll want to make it an annual journey that can't be missed. The trail is difficult, the water is crisp and the views are spectacular. It is a great trek whether it is wet or dry. Water is always present as it appears from the rocks out of, seemingly, nowhere. Try it, you'll like it.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic, easy trail. There’s an underground waterfall if you’re into that.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail in Arkansas. It’s not for the faint of heart though.

Really beautiful hike!

This hike had it all! Great views, rock formations, views, a waterfall, creek side parts, an old mine and quarry, and the cave is amazing! Definitely will go back! It was more strenuous that I thought, there was a LOT of uphill portions, but definitely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Easy enough for all ages.

This was one of the most beautiful and most fun hikes I have ever done! There was so much to see along the way. I agree with the review before mine-it’s a nature’s playground! This would be a great trail for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

I completed this today. I wished for an adventurous trail and believe you me I freakin got it. Some parts of the trail were a bit dangerous and scary. For the most part it was a good time. My favorite part was the rope climb up to the eye. I would do it again just for the climbing ropes!

hiking
1 month ago

The first 5-star I've given on here! This valley is actually insane. It is compact, so there is not a whole lot of hiking, but there is no shortage of things to explore. The best way I know to describe it is an adult's playground. Favorite part was Eden cave. Follow it all the way to the back, even though you'll have to crawl.

This hike is truly a marvel!!

Grass on trail was waste high most of the way. Couldn’t see too far ahead

We arrived 2 days (April 23) after a heavy rain in the area so we were looking forward to the falls running hard. We were not disappointed. The stream and falls were outstanding. The hike was fairly easy unless you wanted to go into the cave where you have to climb large steps carved out of the rock.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for adults and kids! It was only my husband and I this time, but we plan to take the kids back with us.

Absolutely beautiful place! We went a few days ago after we've had decent rain so the waterfalls were amazing! Lots of stone steps, but mostly an easy hike.

Fun but crowded. Only second half of the hike was fun once off the stone path. The cave was awesome and definitely be best part!

beautiful waterfall!!!!

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