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Hiking trail posts in Arkansas’s Buffalo National River area.

Buffalo River Trail: Ponca to Kyles Landing

[This post was originally published on March 15, 2011 on “A Hiking We Will Go.”]

Buffalo River Trail: Ponca to Kyles Landing photoThe Buffalo River Trail (BRT) in the Buffalo National River is a 36.5-mile trail that goes from Boxley to Pruitt. The Buffalo National River was established as a National Park in 1972 and is administered by the National Park Service.

We decided to hike the BRT from Ponca to Kyles Landing, about 10 miles. Camping is allowed in the wilderness, so we broke the hike up and camped one night in the back-country. Dogs are not allowed on the trails, so Buster and Katie had to sit this one out.

We drove up on a Friday afternoon and camped the first night in the Steel Creek campground. Initially, we were going to stay at Lost Valley, but the campsites were so close together and the bathrooms were locked. Continue reading Buffalo River Trail: Ponca to Kyles Landing

Hawksbill Crag Hike (Ozark Forest)

Hawksbill Crag (aka Whitaker Point) is one of the most recognizable and photographed points in Arkansas. It’s a very beautiful spot as well.

Fortunately, it is not that difficult to find.

Hawksbill Crag Hike (Ozark Forest) photo
Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, Ozark National Forest

Hawksbill Crag is in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area of the Ozark National Forest, about 30 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas.

The Hawksbill Crag Trail (aka Whitaker Point Trail) is about 1.5 miles each way (for a total hike of 3 miles). It is not difficult walk although there is some climbing on the way back. The total elevation change is about 300 feet. (See this post for Brent’s profile of the trail.)

Caution: As with many beautiful areas in Arkansas, it can be very dangerous near the bluffs or on the crag. Be extremely careful near any bluffs.

Hawksbill Crag Hike (Ozark Forest) photo
View from Hawkbill Crag, Ozark National Forest

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Buffalo River Trail: Boxley to Ponca

Buffalo River Trail: Boxley to Ponca photo

This week we backpacked the first section of the Buffalo River Trail from Boxley to Ponca, a total of 11.1 miles. We had originally planned to do this hike with a couple of friends, but alas, Mother’s Day interfered with that plan.

Since we’d already tried twice before to hit this trail and been delayed by Easter (oops, thanks Denise) and the huge flooding (ugh, thanks Mother Nature), we went ahead and took off Saturday morning. Buffalo River Trail: Boxley to Ponca photoThe planned leave time was 5 a.m. Time I got out of bed? 6:30.

We still managed to make the drive and get to the Buffalo Outdoor Center by 10 and arranged for our car to be shuttled. The folks at the BOC are great. We’ve used their shuttle service both times we’ve gone to the Buffalo River, and they are very friendly and helpful. Continue reading Buffalo River Trail: Boxley to Ponca