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River Hiking

Hiking in the Buffalo River National Park Region

Upper River District Hikes

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Trail through Lost Valley in the Buffalo River National Park. Photo by Edward Robison III.

The most rugged and most beautiful, the Upper River District is the largest section of the park. Explore the Buffalo River Trail for panoramic views of the river. Upper river trails take you to historic home sites and cemeteries, caves, and numerous waterfalls including the highest waterfall between the Rockies and the Appalachians.


Middle District Hikes

A favorite for spring hikes, the Middle River District links up with the Ozark Highland Trail and features strenuous routes, scenic overlooks, and historic sites. Hikes include: Woolum to Hwy 65, River View, Collier Homestead, Spring Hollow, Buck Ridge-Rock Wall, Tyler Bend to Gilbert and the Gilbert Railroad Trail. Lower District Hikes on the Buffalo National River The

Lower River District – 

This is the most remote area of the National Park and features the mine ghost town of Rush, bluff shelters and forested trails. Hikes include: Overlook Trail, Campground Trail, Forest Trail, Indian Rockhouse Trail, Morning Star Loop, Rush Mountain Trail and Cow Creek-Cook Hollow Trail.

Relax after a day of adventure.

Find National Park lodging in the Gateway City to the Buffalo River National Park.

Do you have physical or mobility issues? You can still enjoy the Buffalo River National Park. Discover wheelchair accessible trails in the park. Look for this symbol next to Hiking Trails. Follow scenic drives and photograph wild elk grazing in the valley from your car or explore endless trails with breathtaking waterfalls and historical significance.



Buffalo river trail acroos from low water bridge
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