Buzzard Roost Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Buzzard Roost Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dover, Arkansas that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

cave

forest

views

rocky

Buzzard Roost Scenic Area Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail leading to a weathered Sand Stone outcropping with 40 ft. deep crevises that have slots and cave like setting underneath, a small natural arch and then leads to one of the largest natural arches less than 1/2 mile away.

7 days ago

The entire trail is an ATV trail. Will return during leaf-off when the views will be better. Walked down the trail to the campsite where someone had left their tent unpegged and also left a bunch of garbage in the fire pit. The views, once you reach the roost, are beautiful, but not worth the atv hike in the summer. Lots of wildlife and am eager to return in the winter.

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1 month ago

Really fun trail! Not too hard but enough incline coming back to work up a sweat. Great spot to camp right at the rocks if you feel like hammocking, if you feel more adventurous there are a few spots closer too or even on the rocks you may be able to camp with a tent or just a sleeping bag under a beautiful sky but fair warning, there are some pretty big crevasses in between the rocks and if you hear buzzing that’s just the Volkswagen Beetle sized Yellow Jackets hunting for insects in the trees on and around the rocks. It’s also the bumble bees that seem attracted to the lichen that covers the rocks, oh and big hornets also flying around and honey bees. It’s like a stinging insect paradise up there for some reason but that doesn’t take away from the stunning views and the peacefulness the intermittent buzzing provides. The trail is across the road from the white house with the tomb stone in the yard, we parked on the embankment across from the house overnight with no issues. Only saw a few UTVs who did a quick once over of the roost and then headed off for somewhere else. The trail is really rocky so if you have bad ankles watch your step and you may want to wrap them up. Also being as this is an ATV trail it had some pretty large puddles just FYI.
All in all I’d recommend this as a great day hike and a solid hike to camp trail but I’d wait until fall when the flying death beasts thin out a bit

hiking
9 months ago

Another big pay off hike. We were alone here for hours until a big group on Razors showed up. Beautiful place.

Monday, June 26, 2017

great camping with an awesome view. went in June with no other people there under a full moon. very romantic.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This was a fairly easy trail with beautiful caves and awesome overlook. Has a nice camp sight at the bottom before heading to the Roost.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Not well marked, I used previous reviews to find it and stay on the correct trail. awesome views.

camping
Monday, August 17, 2015

Pretty easy trail, no real strenuous points. It took my friend and I about an hour to locate the trail head. Google Maps marks the dirt road that the trail starts on as Country Rd 1805.

Directions: In Pelsor head west on 123 (the sign says south). After about 5-6 miles you'll see a random dirt road with a stop sign, a few feet in you'll see a yellow sign that says something about single lane traffic, this is the road. About 3 miles in you'll come to a fork, keep left and in about 2 more miles you'll make it to a White House with a tombstone. The instructions say something about a barn but it must have either been covered by overgrown trees or removed because we couldn't find it. The trail starts about 50 feet down the road from the white house. On the trail you'll eventually come to two forks the trail continues to the right (not sure where the left leads), and shortly after a second fork (left: stone arch/right: Buzzards Roost).

Stone Arch: Heading left on the second fork will lead you to another fork, keeping right will take you to the beginning of a small descending trail that leads to a large stone arch.

Buzzards Roost: Heading right will lead you straight to Buzzards Roost and its Caves.

All in all a fun short trail, we camped down by the rock formations. I recommend going in the fall/winter when the trees aren't so full for the best views of both the rocks and arch.

hiking
Monday, February 16, 2015

Loved this hike.....caves and natural arches were spectacular!!!!

hiking
Sunday, March 02, 2014

Read "Voices of Moccasin Creek" by Tate C. Page before visiting the area. Once you have visited the Buzzard's Roost you can make the drive down to Treat and visit the old blacksmiths cave. Lots of history in the area.

hiking
Sunday, November 24, 2013

The trail for Buzzard's Roost isn't marked, but follow these steps and I'll get cha there! As mentioned in an earlier post, when driving in, keep left and continue on past CR 1802. About a mile later you'll find an old white house with a tombstone in the front yard for Waterman. Park here and the ATV trail across the road is the trail you want. Follow it until the trail forks then go right. The trail then forks again, the right fork (marked by an orange arrow on a tree) will lead you to Buzzard's Roost, the left fork will lead you to a tremendous stone arch. Follow the trail to your right and you'll find a clearing with a tree marked BR. You have arrived! Both the roost and arch are well worth the hike and compare to some of the best natural bridges and rock shelters I've seen in the area.

hiking
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Awesome hike! There are two arches. The most impressive one is easy to find if you make the first right on your way back to the parking area then stay to the right at the fork. The trailhead is not currently in the right location on this app. CR1802 splits and you should take the left CR1805. The trailhead is 6.5 miles off Hwy123.

hiking
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Buzzard roost is an easy hike following a ATV trail back to the scenic overlook and then just a short distance to the north, a large natural arch. You can spend an hour exploring the underneath side of the bluff as you wander the cave like maze. Well worth the short 2 mile hike in to the bluff. The hike in is an easy hike. Primitive camping allowed.

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