Category - North Central Arkansas

Posts in North Central Arkansas including including the Buffalo River middle and lower districts, and Bull Shoals Lake. Also see North Central Arkansas Trails Page.

Buffalo Point: Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) – 1 mi

Buffalo Point: Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) – 1 mi photo
Buffalo River seen from overlook (panoramic)

The Overlook Trail loop (about 1.3 miles) at the Buffalo Point Campground (Buffalo National River, Marion County) is an enjoyable and not-too-challenging walk with a cool overlook of the river.

The net elevation change is only about 200 feet. The trail starts at the same area as the Indian Rockhouse Trail.

Buffalo Point: Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) – 1 mi photo
Cool wavy rocks on the Overlook Trail

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Intersection Falls Near Falling Water Creek (Ozark Forest)

Intersection Falls Near Falling Water Creek (Ozark Forest) photo
Intersection Falls

Intersection Falls (southeast Searcy County, Ozark National Forest) is a great, tropics-like waterfall that is just a short bushwhack from Six Finger Falls.

It’s a bit of a challenge to get to, but it has first-class scenery all along the way to make for a very enjoyable bushwhack.

Getting to the Intersection Falls Bushwhack

(These are the same driving directions as for Six Finger Falls.) Take Highway 7 to Pelsor (halfway between Jasper and Dover). Turn east onto Highway 16.

Travel 10 miles on Highway 16, past the Pedestal Rocks Special Interest Area and about 1 mile past the community of Ben Hur. Then turn left onto Forest Road 1205.

There is no sign for the Forest Road, but there are signs to “Falling Water Horse Camp.” Turn on the road to the horse camp.

Follow FR 1205 for 5.3 miles and cross a bridge over Falling Water Creek.

About a half-mile past the bridge, there is a little parking area and a sign board on your left. Park here.

Intersection Falls Near Falling Water Creek (Ozark Forest) photo
Falling Water Creek

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Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail Photos

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail Photos photo
Entrance to the Indian Rockhouse Cave

Back on June 1, I had an opportunity to again hike the Indian Rockhouse Trail at the Buffalo River’s Buffalo Point campground. It was a great hike.

The Indian Rockhouse Trail is a cool scenic 3-mile loop trail with a number of great features. In addition to the Indian Rockhouse cave, there is sculptured rock, a sinkhole, a Natural Bathtub, a waterfall, and an abandoned mine entrance.

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail Photos photo
Sculptured rock on the Indian Rockhouse Trail (panoramic)

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River View/Rock Wall Trails Loop (Buffalo River) – 4 mi

River View/Rock Wall Trails Loop (Buffalo River) - 4 mi photo
Panoramic view of the Buffalo River from one of the overlooks on the River View Trail.

This hike is a 3.8-mile loop in the Buffalo River’s Tyler Bend Campground area. (Tyler Bend is also home to the Buffalo National River Visitor Center.) It’s a pretty cool hike as you get to see some nice river vistas, the historic Collier Homestead, and a pioneer rock wall.

This loop is made up of the River View Trail, the Rock Wall Trail, and a small part of the Buffalo River Trail to connect the two.

The hike is moderately challenging with a net elevation change of about 300 feet. Most of this hike is along a ridge.

River View/Rock Wall Trails Loop (Buffalo River) - 4 mi photo
Main home structure at the Collier Homestead, Buffalo National River

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