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

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over grown
6 days ago

I wasn't too fond of the trail but it was worth following to get to the waterfall! When the trail splits, take the trail to the left that's marked by the stone towers.

hiking
15 days ago

The trail is not much of a trail but the falls are so worth it! The GPS says the destination is on the left but the wilderness access sign points to the trail, to the right. The trail is deep deep in the woods, very overgrown, lots of poison ivy, and just when you are about to turn around, you hear it. The rushing water. We took the advice of another post and turned left after the creek bed where someone piled up some rocks. The trail splits here and you are asking yourself which way to go. Follow the creek at this point and it leads you to a few beautiful waterfalls with pools of crystal clear water to stick your feet in. Very worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

WOW!!! SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL. Beyond Magnolia Falls is an even bigger waterfall but you have to follow the trail along the top cliff. Eventually you have to go down the cliff. We put red ribbons on trees to get down to the creek.

hiking
24 days ago

Follow the trial for more falls more extreme trail tho

I’d say it’s a little more than a moderate trail. Definitely lightly trafficked as we lost the trail a couple of times but if you follow the creek down you’ll be fine. Loved the waterfall at the end it was well worth the hike. Be sure to check yourself for ticks!

Count find trial but found waterfall follow orange ribbons

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
26 days ago

This trail is hard. The waterfalls are amazing! We saw over 15. The big waterfall is the main attraction. Not worth hiking past that. Definitely go after a good rain.

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over grown
30 days ago

This is a beautiful place. The walk in and out was easy, the trail a bit rugged. We had the whole place to ourselves. The Google map was dead on. There is a sign on the south side of the road pointing to a Jeep trail. We took it for about 25 yards to a parking spot. I do not recommend this trail for a car. There’s a old rock fence that opens your imagination to what this trail was in the past. There’s huge rock outcropping to the right of the trail as your going in. The stacked rocks is your left turn sign to the falls. The trail put you at the falls. The water made for some very slick flat rocks. At the end is a big drop. As silly as it sounded, I was afraid to let my kid too close to the edge in the water. The slick limestone had my mom senses thinking she and the dog would go over the side. As slick as it was, there would be no holding on. We went Memorial Day weekend with a 5 month old pup and 10yr old kid. Next time we are gonna explore under the big drop.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with the dogs, peaceful and wasn’t overcrowded

Great hike. Lots of falls!

on Magnolia Falls

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with a beautiful waterfall

on Magnolia Falls

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike to Magnolia Falls on beaten path! Continued on to see three more waterfalls in the same area. Will be back to explore more!

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blowdown
2 months ago

Very Rocky trail down by the creek/river might want to bring water hiking shoes. Be prepared to do a little climbing. Thought this trail was a harder than moderate. Watch out for poison ivy.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this one after we visited Hawksbill Crag. Easy to follow trail with quite a few falls in the area! Will definitely be going back this fall.

Trails definitely worth doing to see the falls at the end. Such a beautiful site! The trail is full of waterfalls. As someone else stated follow the orange bands. We walked through the woods up on the creek bank to the falls and on the way back walked mostly in the creek. There is a path you can see on the banks of the creeks. This handy app helped tons!!

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to get where you need to be. I thought maybe we could wing it with our Toyota Highlander but halfway had to pull over and park it. Luckily my brother was following in a very well equipped vehicle with 4x4 capabilities.You will drive through the middle of the Highland trail, marked on the left side of the road and right. Drive about 100 yards and you can park on the left of the road. After you go to head out for the hike walk back to the trails you passed and take the one on the right. Walk another 150 yards and you will see a orange/pink ribbon on the right. Follow them. Halfway in you will pass 2 small falls about 30 yards apart. The 60ft fall is a ways down, if you follow the creek you will come right on it. I suggest staying at the highest points or follow the pink/orange ribbons. This is trek down. Be prepared to slide/scoot down to the big fall.. It’s best to pass the big fall on the high points and walk back to it. We took a shorter route the first time and it was pretty rough. My kindergartener handled it pretty good though!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful area with lots of falls magnolia is an easy hike if you continue on it becomes more moderate

hiking
3 months ago

We wanted to see this trail so badly, but after driving miles and miles on an eventually really sketchy gravel road, going back and forth trying to find it, (and with it being late in the day and rain coming in), we had to give up and turn around. Will possibly try again in the future. Definitely take a 4WD to find this trail if it’s wet at all, the gravel road is really rocky, uneven and also muddy when wet.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Whitaker creek is beautiful, and there is so much water activity. I would not rate this trail as moderate, though. I may have lost the trail. Had to do a bit of scrambling up and down some steep slopes. Didn’t make it to the end to see Compton falls so will have to go back and do it earlier in the day. Definitely will go after the rains, again. Even without seeing the main falls, the hike was worth it. The creek is just beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Great waterfalls.

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rocky
4 months ago

This is a hidden gem and a must see. Go in the wet weather season.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy walk to the falls. And wow this is a falls in NW Arkansas you don’t want to miss! If you want more hiking, you can walk along the top of the bluff heading downstream. There was lots of water coming over the falls yesterday. Icicles made for great pics too.

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muddy
4 months ago

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Definitely has to be one of the more underrated trails in the area went at peak time on a Saturday not a soul on the trail, absolutely beautiful make sure to explore around the area near the end of the trail several beautiful falls in the area, make sure to follow orange bands around trees to the creek then follow the creek till you see the falls, trust me cant miss them, Check them out in the video below, Highly recommend this trail! https://youtu.be/l93nUs2sj0w

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muddy
4 months ago

Easy trail, but it was very muddy. I actually would’ve missed Magnolia Falls if not had been for another couple on the trail. You take a left by the creek and follow to the falls. There are 3 big rocks stacked up by where you will turn.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hiking Magnolia. The parking area was pretty muddy and wet but there is room to park along the road. There were s couple vehicles but we didn’t see anyone while hiking. The trail is easy. With things still being icy there were some slick rocks due to ice. The waterfall was flowing and with the added icicles hanging down the rocks made an interesting view.

hiking
5 months ago

Great little trail that’s easy and has a great reward at the end! Highly recommend.

One of the best waterfalls in Arkansas. Spectacular when the water is flowing!! Compton’s Double falls is amazing, however there are many other waterfalls to see on this hike including Amber Falls, Owl Falls and many other unnamed waterfalls.

Little traveled trail to some great falls. Do it when doing Whitaker point.

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