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

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View from Overlook – Buffalo Point – Buffalo National River

Buffalo Point, formerly Buffalo River State Park, is a beautiful campground area built along a section of the lower Buffalo National River. Many of the rock and wood buildings in the campground were built during the Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

When you visit, be sure to check out the Overlook Trail. This 1.3-mile loop hike is not very long and features a great scenic view of the river.

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Approximate Elevation Levels Based on GPS Data

Interactive Buffalo Point Overlook Trail Map

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"Buffalo Point Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) (1 mi)" photo
Overlook Trail – Buffalo Point Campground – Buffalo National River

Although the trails at Buffalo Point are not blazed, it is not difficult to see where the trail is located. There is parking at the trailhead. (This is the same trailhead for the Indian Rockhouse Trail.)

It is on the main road about 200 yards past the Buffalo Point ranger station.

"Buffalo Point Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) (1 mi)" photo
View from Overlook Trail – Buffalo Point Campground – Buffalo National River
"Buffalo Point Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) (1 mi)" photo
Overlook Trail – Buffalo Point Campground – Buffalo National River

I followed the trail clockwise. The overlook is about 1/3 a mile from the trailhead. From there, continue on to the right.

Eventually, you will reach a fork where the Overlook Trail meets the Campground Trail. Here, turn right to continue on the loop.

After another quarter mile or so, there is another fork. Turn right here again to continue the loop back to the trailhead.

The loop will finish back at the trailhead parking lot.

"Buffalo Point Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) (1 mi)" photo
Official Buffalo Point Trail Map

Although the trail is short, be prepared for a bit of a climb. There is an elevation change of about 200 feet.

These are some photos and my gpx map from my hike in October.

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Buffalo Point – Overlook Trail – Contour Map

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Buffalo Point: Overlook Trail

LocationBuffalo Point Campground, Buffalo National River, Marion County, Arkansas
Hike Length/Type1.3 mile loop
DifficultyModerate (3 of 5)
DirectionsThe trailhead (with parking) is on Highway 268 (the main road) about 200 yards past the ranger station. (It is the same area where the Indian Rockhouse Trail begins.)
Other Permitted UsageNone
ATT Cell Coverage?Partial.
Official Info - Phone/Links(870) 439-2502 Website. Buffalo Point Trail Map.
Weather/Conditions50's/60's
Date Hiked10-30-2010 (a.m.)

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