Buffalo River Trail - Overview Page
The Buffalo River Trail follows the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas. It is a work in progress with some sections long established, others just completed and lots more on the drawing table. This page has links to the map pages of the completed sections where you will find full scale downloadable topos and more. First, however, if you are new to the area, this is a link to the US National Park Service's map of the Buffalo National River. It does not show the trail, but it will help orient you to the differnt parts of the river.
The Map Pages: Currently the Buffalo River Trail (BRT) is divided into 3 sections:
The Buffalo is a natural flowing river through the Ozarks and is known for its canoeing, clear water and scenic bluffs. The forests surrounding the river are the hardwoods and pines typical of the Ozarks. Both elk (reintroduced in the area in the early 1980’s) and black bear live in the area. The trail stays mostly in the highlands and only provides acess to the river in a few places. The BRT is blazed in white where it is for hikers only and is yellow where horses are allowed. The Buffalo National River (which includes the adjoining land) is administered by the National Park Service and dogs are not permitted on the trail. Shuttles are available from the many canoe outfitters in the area (see the Shuttle Page for some examples). If you have time, consider a multi-sport trip; canoe downstream and hike back. Watch for poison ivy.
Weatherproof Topographic Maps at
OuachitaMaps.com - Hiking Trails of the Ouachitas and Ozarks