Buffalo River Trail: Woolum to Tyler Bend

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Buffalo River Trail: Woolum to Tyler Bend is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woolum, Arkansas that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.7 miles
2053 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash



trail running


There are two sections of Buffalo River Trail, the 53 mile eastern section, and the 38 mile western section. The two sections are separated by a 26 mile gap, and the National Park Service has no plans to connect the east and west sections. This eastern section of the Buffalo River Trail runs 53 miles east from Woolum to Dillards Ferry near Yellville. At Woolum trailhead, the Buffalo River Trail connects with the Ozark Highlands Trail, which leads into the Richland Creek Wilderness and continues 165 miles south to Lake Fort Smith. The Ozark Highlands Trail is under construction in northern Arkansas, and will eventually run uninterrupted from Lake Fort Smith to the Missouri border, and join with Missouri's Ozark Trail. There are national park campgrounds at both Woolum and Tyler Bend, and Tyler Bend features a visitor center.

12 days ago

Finding the start to the trail was surprisingly difficult. We overnighted in the Woolum campground, so we also had to cross Buffalo river to get to the trail. It wasn't a difficult river crossing, but this may be a significant hurdle to consider for some; it was just above waist deep. Once across the river, access to the trail is hidden away a short distance up the smaller fork of the river. Part of it is also overgrown, having succumb to the woods.

Once started, however, the trail is quite fine. There were some neat things along the trail such as an old car and a couple of old buildings.

6 months ago

I did this trail in December and had a great time. I liked the fact that the river came fairly close to the trail several times eliminating the need to carry large amounts of water. The views were nice and there were some old homesteads and cemeteries along the way. The creek crossing to start the trail was a little brisk but there is a fire ring just up from the waters edge and if you strip before crossing,the warming up and drying out is a quick process. At the time of my crossing the water was about crotch deep at the deepest part and there was no current.