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

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.

Approximate Elevation Levels Based on GPS Data

Buffalo Point Overlook Trail Map

Click here for full-screen trail map.

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.

View from Overlook Trail – Buffalo Point Campground – Buffalo National River
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.

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.

The 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.)

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

Buffalo Point - Overlook Trail - Contour Map (click to enlarge)
Buffalo Point – Overlook Trail – Contour Map (click to enlarge)

Click here to download Mike’s gpx file.

Buffalo Point: Overlook Trail

LocationBuffalo Point Campground, Buffalo National River, Marion County, Arkansas
Hike Length/Type1.3 mile loop
DifficultyModerate (3 of 5)
Gpx file by MikeGpx file link
Date Hiked10-30-2010 (a.m.)
Official Info - Phone/Links(870) 439-2502 Website. Buffalo Point Trail Map.
Directions to Buffalo Point Campground (via Google Maps)Link.

 

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