Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail – 2 mi

Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Big Bluff Trail, Bull Shoals-White River State Park

The Big Bluff Trail at Bull Shoals–White River State Park, near Yellville, Arkansas, is a nice relatively short trail with some climbing and a very pretty overlook of the White River.

Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Panoramic view of the White River from the Big Bluff Trail overlook.

There is parking at the trailhead on Powerhouse Road, a little ways past the campground.

Big Bluff Trail Map

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The trail is a semi-loop with a .2-mile beginning spur and a 1.3 mile loop, making for a total hike of 1.7 miles. The net elevation increase is about 260 feet.

Caution: Be very careful at the bluff overlook. There are no guard rails.

Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.
Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Big Bluff Trail, Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Another panoramic view of the Big Bluff Trail overlook
Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Big Bluff Trail, Bull Shoals–White River State Park
Bull Shoals: Big Bluff Trail - 2 mi photo
Big Bluff Trail, Bull Shoals–White River State Park

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Bull Shoals-White River S.P. - Big Bluff Trail -

County/StateBaxter County, Arkansas
Length/Type1.7 mile semi-loop
Difficulty

Moderate (3 of 5)
DirectionsThere is parking at the trailhead on Powerhouse Road, past the campground. Yellow blazes.
Other permitted usage?Pets on leash.
ATT Cell Coverage?Yes
Official Info - Phone/Links870-445-3629
Official Website. Official Trail brochure (pdf).
Weather/ConditionsUpper 80's, very humid, some rain showers.
Date Hiked8-26-2012

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