America's First National River Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed 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.

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3 days ago

In my opinion, the most scenic trail in Arkansas. Caves: check, waterfalls: check, a waterfall inside of a cave: check. The traffic keeps it from a 5 star rating IMO. I've hiked it half a dozen times and have yet to see it lightly trafficked.

so much to see and every time you go you will find something you missed.

This was my first trip to Arkansas (from KC). Great trail. There's a clean bathroom at the trailhead with running water. Lost cell reception a couple miles out, so make sure you know how to get back out to wherever you're going. The trail was clearly marked & much of it was gravel for easy traveling. Overall, I'd rate the full trail as moderate.

The trail splits maybe a mile in and we headed toward the natural bridge & Eden Falls. The natural bridge was fun to climb up into & through. There were some big bees or wasps, so we didn't stick around too long, but it was a fun little climb.

Up from the natural bridge was Cob Cave, which was a cool sight. It's pretty easy to climb up & is big. Great photo opp. Eden Falls was next & it was mostly dry, but there were tons of butterflies!

The trail goes uphill up stone steps which are well maintained and easy enough to navigate, but a bit challenging. This takes you to Eden Falls Cave. I'd recommend taking headlamps or flashlights to explore, but our phones sufficed. The cave opens into a large room to the left & is worth checking out, just watch your steps - it's a bit slick.

Our hike ended up right around 4 miles and 2 hours overall with all our detours & stops to explore. I'd definitely recommend this trail.

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11 days ago

Great hike!!! Beautiful!! Caves were cool!! The last cave we made it all the way through!! Had to crawl most the way and stay low but it was worth it!!! Just wish there was more water to the waterfalls!!!

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12 days ago

Lost Valley Trail is my favorite trail in Arkansas. That might be because I began hiking this trail as a young teenager, which means I've been going there a long time. Natural Bridge, Cob Cave, Eden Falls and Eden Falls Cave are the highlights, but the entire trail is scenic and not difficult to maneuver. It is enjoyable anytime of the year.

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15 days ago

Wooded trail that goes alongside a creek bed with a small waterfall and caves along the way. Bring along a flashlight to go in the cave, you have to crawl a little ways before opening up into a room with another waterfall. There's some uphill but not for very long.

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21 days ago

The Lost Valley Trail was our favorite hike (of 4 different hikes) during our stay in Arkansas. Such a fun area to explore! The hike is not challenging, but the scenery is beautiful and it changed as you went along the trail. The Eden Falls was lacking as it hadn't rained in a while, but the caves more than made up for it.

The scenery was lovely and the trail was shaded so it made for a cool hike on a hot day. We were the first on the trail and had to fight our way through spiders and their webs which were formed in the dead center of the trail. We used our hiking sticks to take them down and were very cautious as we walked the trail. On our way out we saw a family carrying their young child on their shoulders, I wouldn't suggest this as they are likely to run into many webs and spiders along the way. I would definitely suggest having your children walk behind you as a precaution.

Went a few days after a good rain and got to view the waterfall. Beautiful.

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