Ponca Wilderness and Buffalo National River Loop

HARD 4 reviews

Ponca Wilderness and Buffalo National River Loop is a 20.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Sherman, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
20.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,248 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

off trail

no dogs

backpacking
6 days ago

Rewarding views around every turn! I started on the southern loop on day 2 but it was an exhausting series of switchbacks so I went back and explored the northern section again. Has everything! Towering bluffs, gurgling creek, plenty of camping spots, 200’ cliff/waterfall (if running). Even a creepy old cabin. Lots of hikers and horses on the northern section but it didn’t feel crowded. Peaceful, serene. I’d go every weekend if I could. Trail was poorly marked in several crucial areas. Expect to cross the river several times.

backpacking
11 months ago

This was a very nice loop. It was our first time backpacking and it was a good trail for that. Pretty well mart except for coming out of Kyle‘s landing was a little bit confusing as The GPS did not follow the trail.
Overall I would definitely do this again.

hiking
11 months ago