Little Rock: Buffalo River Trail

Traverse massive limestone bluffs and deep, secluded hollows on this 14.3-mile weekend in the Ozark Highlands along the Buffalo National River.
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Traverse massive limestone bluffs and deep, secluded hollows on this 14.3-mile weekend in the Ozark Highlands along the Buffalo National River.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 23.1

Waypoints

STE001

Location: 36.0402641296387, -93.3406677246094

From Steel Creek Rec. Area (where Buffalo River Trail crosses Steel Creek Rd.), follow white blazes SE into Ponca Wilderness

STE002

Location: 36.037670135498, -93.3330154418945

Continue N above Bee Bluff and curl below Fisher Point where dramatic views open N across river to 500-ft. Big Bluff, Buffalo River's signature cliff face

STE003

Location: 36.0335502624512, -93.3166198730469

Cross Beech Creek; climb to head of Jackies Big Hollow, deep crease where waterfalls spray down bluff walls after a rain

STE004

Location: 36.0450096130371, -93.3054504394531

R @ Y, staying with white blazes

STE005

Location: 36.0486335754394, -93.2847900390625

Return to Indian Creek (one-tent campsite on L, 100 ft. off-trail). Then head NNE along river and join road

STE006

Location: 36.0541572570801, -93.2820129394531

Trail turns R off road. Enter Bear Creek drainage; switchback to ridgeline

STE007

Location: 36.0501556396484, -93.2736968994141

Cross Kyles Landing Rd., exiting Ponca Wilderness, and ascend above Buzzard Bluff before bouncing in and out of Shop Creek and Rock Bridge Creek

STE008

Location: 36.0544853210449, -93.2551498413086

Cross Camp Orr Rd. (CR 139); begin 200-ft. descent to Dry Creek basin, then climb again to hillside

STE009

Location: 36.0638313293457, -93.244140625

Continue ENE along steep bluffs on singletrack with mossy stone stairs

STE010

Location: 36.0725784301758, -93.2343292236328

Cherry Grove Cemetery on R; see pre-Civil War graves among tall trees

STE011

Location: 36.0715179443359, -93.2230377197266

Reach Parker-Hickman farmstead along Webb Creek (built 1840s); empty house and outbuildings sit in grassy field

STE012

Location: 36.0700988769531, -93.2099761962891

L @ T; go .1 mi. to finish @ Erbie launch site for car pickup.