Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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

hiking
6 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
9 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
22 days ago

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

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.

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

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

Really beautiful hike!

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

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.

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.

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!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

So so beautiful, especially if the falls are going. We went in March after rain and it was rushing. The hike has some climbing in places, and can be slick, but my 5 kids handled it pretty well (the 3 and 4-year-olds needed help). The cave was kinda claustrophobic because so many people were trying to get in and out. I would definitely hike it again, but skip the the cave.

hiking
2 months ago

Seeing this place after a good rain is sooo much better! Liked it before, loved it this time.

Fun little trail. Very quiet and peaceful on the way back to the falls.

Beautiful trail. Got hammered by a thunderstorm just before getting to Cob Cave, so at least we had some cover. Loved it!

Perfect hike for our family! The waterfalls were beautiful, and the cave at the end was so cool! If you stay to the right when it starts getting narrow, you don't have to crawl really...It's just a tight squeeze. Well worth it to see the waterfall inside. Our boys (4 and 11) loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! With all the rain that fell this last week the falls were flowing good! The cave was very busy so didn't get to spend a lot of time in it. This is another popular hike in the area so be aware if you don't like crowds. There is a picnic shelter and bathrooms at the start which makes it nice if you are planning to do several hikes in the area.

Cave falls are amazing. Easy hike up to the first falls, but has the extras for those who want to explore

A friend and I backpacked this trail (Buffalo River Trail with connecting trails to the Old River Trail) earlier this week. We actually began at the trail’s beginning at the Boxley trailhead, which is 11 miles southwest of the Ponca trailhead, and we hiked to the trail’s conclusion at Pruitt, some 37 miles from Boxley; we took four days to hike and camped three nights. Past Steel Creek, we took a connecting trail (marked “Primitive Trail”) down from the BRT in the mountains to the ORT along the river. We followed the ORT to Jim’s Bluff, where we spent our second of three nights. The next day, we followed this old and poorly-marked horse trail to Hemmed-In Hollow, which is a box canyon containing the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and Rockies; from there, we trekked along the ORT for three more miles in our water shoes to reconnect with the BRT at Kyle’s Landing.

We fell in love with this trail—what a wild, beautiful and unforgiving terrain with incredible views, ozark glades, waterfalls, wildlife and homestead ruins around every bend. Something to consider, though: while we found many backcountry campsites with water sources toward the beginning of the trail, we found very few toward the end. Past Kyle’s Landing, the trail stayed high above the river, and with little remaining light, we were forced to stealth-camp past Erbie at one of the only sections of trail with river access. (We could have camped at Erbie campground if we’d carried more cash and less pride.)

Beautiful, well maintained trail. Lots of moss and the falls were beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail, easy hike with short steep sections near the end at the caves.

Short trail down to the bluffs and the waterfall. Another trail that is several miles down the dirt road and not heavily trafficked. We didn’t scramble down below the waterfall but we did find the spot mentioned in other reviews.

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