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Upper Buffalo River Wilderness

South of the Boxley Trailhead of the Buffalo River Trail is the Upper Buffalo River Wilderness and the home of the Hawksbill Crag. The Wilderness is contained by Arkansas Highway 21 on the east side, Cave Mountain Road on the northwest side and Forest road 1410 on the southwest side. Except for the trail to the Crag, there are no official trails in the wilderness. There are, however, a few road traces built before the wilderness designation. The terrain is very rough so without any trails you might want to limit your time in the wilderness to dayhikes. Why go? I ran across this link on the web and I think the pictures make the case.

The Map: The map provided here is a composite of the relevant USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps. The roads have been checked using aerial photos and have been highlighted for ease of viewing. The asphalt highways are red and the dirt roads in black or gray designating prominence. All of the dirt roads tend to be rough. The trail to the Hawksbill Crag is in red. There are a few trails show in green which are old road traces that appear on the aerial photos. Other roads and trails on the original USGS base map, may or may not be there. The wilderness boundary is in pink. While the wilderness can be accessed by the marked forest roads, there are homes and private property on the adjacent land.

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Google Earth Images
1) Looking southeast from above Cave Mt Road near Boxley.
2) Looking south at the middle of the wilderness. Hawksbill is red line on right.
3) Looking south at the south end of the wilderness.
4) Looking north at the trail to Hawksbill Crag.
5) Looking north at the Crag (white spot on bluff line).
6) Looking east up Terrapin Valley.

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