Tyler Bend Trails - Riverview Trail

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Tyler Bend Trails - Riverview Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Saint Joe, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and canoeing and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 301 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly




paddle sports






no dogs

Note: Dogs are not allowed on any Tyler Bend Trails. You can take them down to the gravel bars by the river. Small-mouth bass, catfish and sunfish are the most popular fish to catch on the Buffalo River, but visitors should be aware that an Arkansas fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the river. The middle river location also allows for extended seasons for kayaking and tubing. If there's enough rain, the sports can go through mid to late summer. Get a dose of history by hiking to the Collier Homestead, a restored Ozark dwelling from the 1930's. The homestead remembers one of the homes built by settlers in response to the Homestead Act of 1862.

horseback riding
over grown
2 months ago

Pretty good trail just a lot of re routing due to blow down

5 months ago

We hiked from Tyler Bend Visitor Center to the Collier Homestead and back along the return trail. Nice views of the river and interesting old restored homestead. Lots of wildflowers blooming along the trail. Parts of the trail was muddy from recent rains but the footing was ok.The visitor's center was really nice and staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.

6 months ago

Our plan was to hike from Tyler Bend Visitor Center to Collier Homestead and back. The trail was nice at the beginning. At the bend, prior to the main trail headed towards the homestead, there is a caution sign warning hikers of steep drop offs and the danger of falling. We should have heeded the sign. After the first spectacular view of the Buffalo River, we continued until we came to a section of the trail that narrowed to less than one foot wide. It was right at the edge of a drop off. The trail in that spot canted downward to the edge. There was alternate footing with some tree roots that may have allowed you to pass, but those too were canted towards the edge. If you were to lose your balance, or to slip and fall, there were no trees, nor significant vegetation, to impede your rapid descent. You would suffer severe injuries, maybe even get killed if you lost your footing. This obviously happened in the past, otherwise there would be no need for the sign. Because of this, we exercised prudence. We turned around, headed back to the visitor center and drove to Collier’s Homestead. In summary, if you are an inexperienced hiker or have a fear of heights, this trail is not for you.

8 months ago

if you do this trail is better if you tie in the Collier Homestead Trail with it here is a great example on how people lived in the higher elevations of the arkansas mountains and also on this trail is two great overlooks. a nice short trail for families to explore. even on a cold cloud January day with the wind cutting to my bones on my hands and face. i really enjoyed both trails.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike! Fantastic lookout points, fallen trees, bluffs, and rock formations which provide a true AR backdrop for a photo shoot. The old homestead is another attraction. Very nice visitor's welcome center.

10 months ago

Great late fall hike. moderately difficult but not bad. veiws were outstanding.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Nice easy hike. Good trail to start your hiking season on.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

so pretty during sunset

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Beautiful in the fall!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nice visitors center, with a couple of good trails in the area. Can be crowded with campers in the summer!

Monday, August 01, 2016

I wanted to mention that dogs are not allowed on leashes for any of the Tyler Bend Trails. I learned the hard way. They are allowed on the gravel bars by the river. Other than that it was a nice hike with pretty views.

Monday, November 09, 2015

If you're looking for info on the second section of the rugged Buffalo River Trail system -- you check in at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center first, then drive west -- see my review of the great but challenging 14-mile ridgeline hike from Woolum Campground to U.S. 65, here: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/arkansas/buffalo-river-trail?ref=search

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Great trail! See reviews on the two other trails in the campground

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nice campground, did a walk in campsite. Nice Visitor Center, nice trails. Good base camp if doing a number of things in the area.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Great campgrounds, well maintained. check for closings before going.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tyler Bend has a series of four hikes that can be combined to create a couple of loop trails. I did all four. They take you through wooded hillsides, historic rock walls, pioneer cabins/homesteads, bluff overlooking Buffalo River and more. A small visitor center is located at the site. Full service campsites and river access. Great destination for a number of reasons.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Riverview section has some steep spots but great views. The trails intersect and cross but are well marked. Trails are pretty rocky so watch your step. Do not miss the Collier Homestead. Camping area is great!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A fairly easy trail with no steep inclines. There are several trails within the trail system at the Buffalo River National Park (Tyler Bend) that intersect, so once you get started you can change trails at intersections to extend or reduce your distance as needed. Several spots on the trail are exposed to cliffs so those hiking with children would need to be careful.

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