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Never a dull moment on the Buffalo River!

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Lost Valley Trail- Lost Valley is a great way to get all that there is to love about the Natural State in one place. You can expect to see water, waterfalls, a cave, and an ancient bluff shelter used for eons by humans in the area. It is a very easy trail, and is accessible to most hikers of all ages.

Centerpoint Trail- Centerpoint Trail is a solid day hike with access to top rated Goat Bluff, Granny Henderson's Cabin, and the Buffalo National River itself. You can also cross the river and check out Hemmed-In-Hollow. This is a more strenuous hike, be sure to bring water!

Sweden Creek Falls- Sweden Creek Falls is the best little-known waterfall/ easy hiking trail not located off the Buffalo National River park. You are able to choose to hike the top or bottom of the falls. Do both for an unforgettable gorgeous experience. This trail is dog friendly!

Smith Creek Preserve- Smith Creek Preserve is a Nature Conservancy protected area with one of the important watershed contributors for the Buffalo River. This is a moderate trail, with incredible tumbled boulders and beautiful pools of water. There is a loop trail that makes for a full afternoon. This trail is dog friendly!

Villines Homestead- This is a very easy trail, accessed near the Ponca low water bridge. Be sure to check out this historic log home which was occupied by one of our areas early European families.

Trails

Water

The Buffalo River has so many great water activities to offer.

There is a reason this was our nation's first National River! Expect to find gorgeous blue green water, soaring limestone bluffs, and great fishing.

Ponca Low Water Bridge- The low water bridge near Ponca is a local favorite for a quick cool dip in the water, fishing, or as an access to trails and canoeing the Buffalo River.

Steel Creek River Access- Steel Creek is known for its incredible sweeping bluffs, lovely river pools, and awesome hiking trails.

Pruitt River Access- Easy access from Highway 7 make this a great place to play in the river.

Glory Hole Waterfall Trail- Check out this iconic water carved feature at the end of this moderate trail. Definitely worth the extra drive!

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