Buffalo River Trail: Brush Creek to Red Bluff Road

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Buffalo River Trail: Brush Creek to Red Bluff Road is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Marshall, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 830 feet Route Type: Point to Point



paddle sports





wild flowers


historic site

no dogs

Fine river trail with (2) spur trail access to the Buffalo River bank. The trail passes through three river bottom hollows, and ascends to three ridge tops with nice views of the river. Two creek crossings, normally dry. Excellent side trips. At Brush Creek trailhead, follow the creek bed or abandoned railroad cut to the river, good photographs of historic bridge piers. Spur trail 1 mile north of Brush Creek leads out the peninsula to gravel bar with grand view of Red Bluff across the river. The Buffalo River Trail is part of the planned regional trail from Ft Smith Arkansas to St Louis (85% complete). In Arkansas, this section of the BRT is component of the 218 miles of finished Ozark Highlands Trail from Lake Fort Smith to Dillards Ferry on the Buffalo. Two trailheads: Brush Creek Road and Red Bluff Road. Ample parking at former, limited pull-out at latter. The point-to-point distance of this section of the BRT is 3.0 miles between Brush Creek and Red Bluff Road. Two optional side trips add 1½ mile: at Brush Creek trailhead, the creek bed and old railroad cut both lead to historic railroad bridge piers, and a spur trail 1 mile from Brush Creek leads north to the river bend facing towering Red Bluff.

over grown
4 months ago

This is a horrible unkempt wannabe hiking trail that’s being used more for vehicles now. The trail is poorly blazed and the views are mediocre. You have to have 4-wheel-drive to even get to the trail head. Very disappointing.

Sun Mar 18 2018

One of the best sections of the Buffalo River Trail, due to access to river bank, view of historic railroad bridge piers and Red Bluff. Thanks to local citizens who adopt this trail and keep in good shape.

11 months ago