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Rock Wall and Buck Ridge Loop is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saint Joe, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Over grown

Rocky

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Getting There

Note: The Riverview, Spring Hollow, Buck Ridge, and Rock Wall Trails can be accessed from the Tyler Bend Visitor Center and Campground area. Leashed dogs are allowed on all of these except the Riverview Trail. This trail encounters one of the largest examples of pioneer rock walls in the state. It climbs to a ridge top, follows a short distance of the Buffalo River Trail, then connects to the Buck Ridge Trail. Next, it continues through the rugged Ozark hills before returning to the start point.

Ample parking, visitor center, NF campgrounds with full amenities, river access

Tyler Bend Visitor Center, 82322 Tyler Bend Road St. Joe, AR 72675 Phone: 870-439-2502 E-mail: buff_information@nps.gov Website: www.nps.gov/buff/

St. Joe, Arkansas, Hwy 65 south to the Buffalo river, travel south a short distance to county road 241, turn west to Tyler Bend visitor Center. Trail Maps available.

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Erin Willis
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HikingBugsOver grown

This trail was so overgrown there were times we weren’t sure if we were on a trail or not. There wasn’t anything to see other than the rock fence and a few wildflowers. We were all completely covered in ticks and spent about 90 percent of the hike trying to get them off. This might be a better hike in the fall or winter but I don’t think we would hike it again.

Whitney Speck
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HikingBugsOver grown

To be fair, I went on this trail the day it opened up after covid and it was overgrown. I was only on the trail for less than a quarter of a mile and I turned back bc of spider webs. Thing is my dog came out covered in at least 20 ticks. There are a lot of ticks in this area in general, I got a few at the campsite alone. So just thought I’d share that warning with other dog owners and people who are afraid of bugs.

Beau Comeaux
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Hiking

Took the trail to the bridge, then the river bank, then back to camp at the walk in campsites

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Maddison H.
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Bugs

Took our dogs on this trail as Buffalo National River website states it is one of the few they are allowed on. It was a nice hike, not really any views but it's very a pretty area , moderate and relaxing. We didn't see anyone else hiking it on a weekday, trail is easy to follow single track, not overgrown but not super worn down either. Wish we were about a week or two later for full leaf change (we hiked it Oct 21) Make sure your dogs are treated for ticks, there are a lot!

Samantha Weber
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HikingBugsOver grown

This trail was very overgrown and definitely had poison ivy a bit too close for comfort. It didn’t seem like it was maintained super well. TONS of ticks. No real views, just a nice nature walk. Has a pretty steep climb toward the beginning. We saw 3 deer which was fun! Also, this site says no dogs but the buffalo river website specifically says that dogs are allowed on this trail.

Philip Wood
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HikingRocky

Decent day hike for Cub Scouts. We had fun. Very few trail blazes.

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Mikel Vicki Davison
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Trail was moderately difficult with some loose rock but not to bad. The dry stone wall was cool, reminded me of walls back east in Pennsylvania.

Michelle Meyers
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Poison Ivy, mosquitos if all trails were like this I’d work out in a gym. Only thing good is the shower at the end.

Kristen Friend
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Hiking

Passes a swampy area between the trail and a beautiful old pasture at one point, very buggy. Lush and narrow trail, lots of shade. Upon reaching the end of the Rock Wall traili at the intersection with the BRT, continue to the HWY 65 bridge; there is a lovely area with wildflowers right at a creek crossing (Calf creek) and then continues under the bridge. The walk under is a treat, clean creek water running through a 12x12 concrete underpass. On the other side is a put-in area with huge gravel bars shaded in some areas. We had lunch here, looking across to a huge bluff with caves right over the river, creating whirlpools. Neat little hike, not too challenging.

Rosco Butter
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Hiking

Who ever said this is one of "largest examples of pioneer rock walls in the state" hasn't been around. They are all over just not obvious. There are miles of rock walls where I lived in Ozone, ar out away from highway. This wall was falling down in most places. Liked the hike.

Doug Neidholdt
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The rock wall was fun to view, overall a nice peaceful walk through the woods

Mike Welch
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Doug Neidholdt
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