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This trail offers some of the best scenery in the state. It is also one to the state's most rugged trails due to the topography of the Buffalo River Valley. It winds through the valley, skirting the river.

The Buffalo River Trail is a moderately difficult 36.5 mile hike. The trail is a relatively new trail. In fact, much of it is still under construction. When completed, this trail will extend almost the entire length of the Buffalo River. It will also provide a link between Arkansas Ozark Highlands Trail and Missouri's Ozark Trail, forming a system of trails well over one thousand miles in length. There are currently two completed sections which run from Boxley to Pruitt, and from Wollum to US #65 (15 miles.) Construction crews are regularly working on new sections, but the going is slow.

This trail offers some of the best scenery in the state. It is also one of the state's most rugged trails due to the topography of the Buffalo River Valley. It winds through the valley, skirting the river in some locations and perched high atop limestone palisades in others. The trail passes historic home sites, farmsteads and cemeteries. It offers opportunities for day hikes, overnight hikes or a loop journey by combining a downstream river float with an upstream hike. There are also a number of opportunities to explore spur trails or bushwhack into scenic areas such as the north section of the Ponca Wilderness area. Major access points for the western section of the Buffalo River Trail are Boxley, Ponca low-water bridge, Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, Erbie, Ozark Campground and Pruitt. Although the Buffalo River is a world-class float stream, the Buffalo River Trail offers an opportunity to view back country that cannot be seen any other way.

Directions: From Pruitt Visitor Information Center, State Hwy. #7

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

 
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