Explore the most popular Bird Watching 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.

Drove 2 hours to see the Indian Rock House & it was worth every mile.. awesome trail.. Due take note that we took an ATV vehicle trail on the way out & not the initial walking trail... when we left the rock house we went back down the trail in which we came in on & took a right beside the creek where the sign reads "Indian Rock House .6" .. The ATV trail was straight up the entire way & "strenuous" is an understatement.. Felt like we were never going to get back to the vehicle. But all in all a very enjoyable hike. Highly recommend the Indian Rock House.

I was nervous reading some of the reviews that said you needed a 4x4 to get down to the trail! I took my little Ford fusion and had zero problems! it was very rough and bumpy but no worse than a rough backroad. The paths were not clear but we still had a ton of fun. I took my 4 year old and he did great. Gorgeous falls! lots of steep incline climbing and descending with loads of rocks and brush but it made it more exciting. distance was not long. will definitely go again!

hiking
7 days ago

We went at the end of the day on a cold November Wednesday, there were only a few others there. Pretty easy. We had fun crawling through the water tube going thru the Cob Cave. Climbed up to the Eden Falls Cave and it's only doing a few flights of stairs. Moms will want a hold onto the kids at that part though, lots of dropoffs.

Fun Hike! Trail was easy to follow. There is limited parking. So if going as a group you could park at Hemmed In Hollow and carpool. The waterfall was flowing and worth seeing. Interesting to know the history of hideout hollow, google it if you like history.

hiking
scramble
9 days ago

Best to go when dry - super slick and muddy on a sunny day. Scrambling is manageable for an experienced hiker. There’s a rope climb up toward the end that is difficult but worth it. Trail took close to 6 hours with careful scrambling. It was 100% worth the challenge. Beautiful scenery the whole way.

what a beautiful hike, very cool cave. Wish people would read the signs and leave their dogs at home, they get so offended when it is brought to their attention that they can't read.

hiking
10 days ago

Breathtaking views near end of trail. Read the signs for worthy info. This is a very popular trail and lots of parking however....early bird gets the worm.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

Beautiful trail that everyone needs to do. So many sites and views you’re going to love. I backpacked in for 2 nights and did half the trail. Will do this trail again and try to complete it!

hiking
14 days ago

Loved this easy and beautiful hike. So much to see. Well marked trail and took only 1.5 hrs at casual pace. You could easily spend more time w kids...lots of fun rocks/places to explore. If you're looking for a "first hike" in the Ponca area, this is your hike. Family friendly, but very appealing to regular hikers looking for a beautiful walk in the woods. If u want to climb the stairs to Eden Falls cave it's really not that hard at all, if you're comfortable climbing about 5 flights of stairs. We did not go to the back of the cave to see the waterfall.

Easy 1 mile loop with a very picturesque viewing area midway. Passed a few families on the trail but overall were by ourselves. Some very steep drop offs to the side of the trail in some areas so if you have kids something to be aware of. Dog friendly

hiking
15 days ago

Nice, clear trail with gorgeous views of the flowing creek that pretty much runs parallel to the trail. It gets slippery, a little muddy, and steep if you go to the cave/waterfall at the top (but you don’t have to go that far to see the falls). We climbed all through the cave (with headlamps). I wouldn’t recommend the inside of the cave for small kids. This was one of our most favorite trails out of the 7 that we did on our trip to Petit Jean, Ponca, and Yellville. Highly recommended for all ages. We will definitely do this one again. The falls were gorgeous. A little something for everyone to experience. (The trail going in was well maintained, smooth, flat, and there were no issues with stepping over roots and large rocks.)

My husband and I did the Indian Rockhouse during the first week of August (I don’t recommend this time of year because it is so hot). The hike back up and out is brutal, but the Rockhouse and the creek running through it are worth it. The trail is steep in places and I wouldn’t go alone. It takes about 3 hours and that’s not wasting any time sitting around either. It’s a pretty tough trail compared to others that we have done, but well worth it to see at least once. We would probably do this trail again when it is much cooler. We just returned from spending the night at Buffalo Point last week (we have never been there this late in the year) and noticed that there are NO park rangers on duty (the park ranger’s house was empty as well). This is one reason why we chose not to do this trail last week because if one of us would have had an emergency on the trail (you never know what could happen and we are in our mid 40’s) it appeared that no one would be there to help us. It was also sleeting on Thursday (and raining and freezing cold the day before), so yet another reason why we didn’t attempt the trail. Maybe next time.

hiking
15 days ago

Waterfall is amazing and cave is crazy cool. This trail was well worth the 5 hour drive! Nice moderate difficulty for me and my 6 year old.

We did the trail loop clockwise, so the tall waterfall would be on the way out. It was a very good trail for families. A group of 13 of us (3 families) did it. Kids who were 5-6 yrs old could do it. Great trail. We did go the wrong way at the old mine site, followed an old mine or logging road, so check the map.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
16 days ago

If you don't know the difference between a deer trail, water runoffs, and a hiking trail, don't take this hike. The first mile or so is extremely easy. After that it gets a little harder, then you go off trail. FOLLOW the App at ALL TIMES. You WILL get lost without it. You will even feel like you're lost, but just stick to the app and you'll make it back to your car. There are flagged trees in some of the unmaintained trail, follow them when you can. Follow them especially going up the rock wall. The flags will take you a different way where you will climb between the rocks instead of up a straight wall. If you're taking the hike for a view, don't go. If you're going for some backwoods adventure, this is the trail for you!

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. Trail is extremely difficult in places. I went looking for the high trail at the beginning and didn't hit record for a while. The high trail appears to be marked "primitive" with a yellow marker off the the right after taking the ORT past the BRT junction. There are high and "low" trails. The low trail has alternate routes. The high trail is a long walk in the woods out of sight of the Indian Creek. It ends above a large waterfall just upstream of the Eye of the Needle. It is marked with orange tape just to the left of the stream (East). Trying to get around the needle to view it from the bottom is a bit treacherous. This would be a good route for high water. The low route has a path that meanders along the stream. It also also has an alternate route (or the original route?) that climbs the right (West) bluff. This higher alternate route can be quite dangerous when wet. The low route is fairly reasonable but prepare for wet feet. The low route that follows the stream is by far the prettiest route, although the slowest. If you climb around the left side of the Needle you can get on top. If you go down past the needle it is currently very difficult to get back up (much harder than prior years). All routes are treacherous but well worth the. I recommend the low one that follows the stream under normal conditions. Make sure you wear good shoes. This is a difficult and slippery route. I usually also bring a pair of water shoes so I can walk through the stream when necessary (low route especially).

Great trail. Has some rough places and a few pretty views. But we had so much fun as a family. For most part trails are well marked but if you follow the app it will take you off trail and you will have to find your own way back to original trail.

hiking
17 days ago

There’s a super cool hidden waterfall at the back of the cave. You gotta work for it but it’s worth it big time

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

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