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Buffallo River Trail is a 35.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jasper, Arkansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 35.4 miles Elevation Gain: 5,839 feet Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

forest

river

wild flowers

no dogs

The Old River Trail criss-crosses back and forth across the Buffalo National River from Ponca to Pruitt. Long before this was a national park, the river was home to pioneer families who moved up and down the river by horse-drawn wagon and eventually automobile or truck. You can still see skeletal remains of some of these abandoned vehicles as you travel the Old River Trail. This trail is for those who don't mind getting their feet wet, as even in summertime low water there's just some places that always offer a wet crossing. The trail is most commonly used by trail riders, however, it is not unusual for a backpacker to travel the Old River Trail as well. The advantage to this trail is it keeps you in the riverbed where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Buffalo River closeup and personal. In contrast, the Buffalo River Trail traverses the eastern upper mountain benches above---and oftentimes out of sight---of the river below. In summer, the trail can become more than a bit gnarly as the undergrowth, along with assorted ticks, chiggers and mosquitos, can keep you challenged in between river crossings. For this reason, fall and winter are glorious times to enjoy the Old River Trail with the main challenge being that of keeping your feet warm and dry, at least for part of the time.

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1 month ago

I only went 5 miles (from Pruitt to Ozark Campground). Nice trail, but not a lot of views. Better in the winter, before the trees and brush get their leaves. Love the bluffs at each end of my hike and the gorgeous river!!!

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1 month ago

Buffalo River Trail: South Maumee Trailhead near Morning Star west to Zack Ridge Road Trailhead near Marshall (10.7 miles). Elevation gain and loss (4,000+ feet total) was considerable and there were long uphills in spots - you might not want to make this segment your very first time to hike. I really didn't care much for this section and would not hike it again but had to in our quest to do the entire BRT. As with all parts of the BRT one experiences a considerable amount of tree tunnel - although you can see off during leaf-off but you would see very little after green-up - time is running out for this year. Two or three spots were open enough to get a good view of the river and adjacent pasture but there could have been many more if someone employed a good limb saw during trail maintenance. Passed a cemetery, parts of old home sites, and saw old railroad bridge piers on a side creek for the Missouri and North Arkansas railroad that closed in 1946. That railroad hauled lumber products that had been prepared or floated down to the town of Gilbert located on the other side of the river. Also, a spur trail leads down to the river and piers on the main Buffalo when close to Gilbert. A lack of rain allowed for easy crossing of streams but if it has rained recently be prepared - some of the creeks are fairly wide. The trail is marked with rectangular, white, metal, blazes and for most of this distance they were common and well placed. I don't think this segment gets a lot of travel because, of all the BRT we have hiked, the trail tread was least obvious. You won't get lost but pay attention. If you plan any adventures along the Buffalo I would recommend you get a copy of the "Buffalo River Handbook" by K.L. Smith. Also, the Ozark Highlands Trail Map#3 plus your Alltrails maps. Access to these trailheads is on good dirt roads - regular vehicles are good to go. Tyler Bend Visitor Center is open and located a few miles north of Marshall on Hwy 65.

Beautiful trail along the Buffalo River starting at the Pruitt Picnic Area and going north for about 2.5 miles. Would have gone farther but we’re dealing with some physical issues. Nice views of the river and stretches that went farther in away from the river. Muddy and water across the trail in areas, but give the time of year (Feb.) that is to be expected.

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