June 2012 - Vol 9, No 6
HARRISON, Ark. - The Buffalo National River is located in north central Arkansas, and flows undammed for 135 miles. It is one of Americas few undammed rivers and provides the destination for countless adventures. Whether you’re a serious river rat and dig real-deal rated rapids, or you’re a casual canoeist, or any level of hiker the Buffalo River offers excitement for all ages and all abilities.
The greatest hiking trails this side of the Rockies are located on and about the Buffalo River by the hundreds of miles. Day hikes that lead to giant waterfalls, or the perfect swimming hole. Long distance trails that will satisfy even the most experienced backpacker. One of my personal favorite hikes is from Kyle’s Landing to Hemmed in Hollow. It requires a few river crossings but the landscape is breathtaking. For those looking for further distance the Buffalo River Trail, and the Old River Trail offer endless miles of hiking above and along the river. The ORT even allows horseback riders to enjoy miles and miles of beautiful trails.
Canoeing is the no. 1 destination for Buffalo visitors. Everything is available from multiple night adventures to afternoon getaways. The upper regions of the river are loaded with fast moving rapids and large bluff walls extending hundreds of feet above the river basin. This area is best floated from March through June, depending on water levels. The lower sections can be floated most year round, it makes for the perfect family float trip, and there are many outfitters to fulfill all your needs. Check out www.nps.gov/buff for all information regarding the park, hiking, floating and camping.