Buffalo River Hiking Trail Completion Near

Buffalo River Trail Completion Now Somewhere In Sight

By Ken Smith

“Somewhere in sight”?  What does that mean?  It means a 28-mile stretch of the Buffalo River Trail that volunteers have been building here in Searcy County during the past seven years could get completed in 2013.  Like, sometime next year.

 

We don’t know exactly when.  Or where, or how, that can happen.  Next year the volunteers will be joined by the National Park Service’s (NPS) trail crew.  Volunteers will continue building trail through isolated country north of Morning Star, moving upriver.  The NPS crew will start at U.S. 65 and build trail downriver—toward the volunteers.

 

So sometime next year we hope, NPS crew and volunteers will meet up.  The guys (gals, too) can drive the Golden Spike.  The trail will be complete.

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The entire trail is located within the Buffalo National River’s park boundary and is called the Buffalo River Trail.  Officially it’s the Buffalo River Hiking Trail (though part of it will be open for horseback travel).  Also it’s an eastward extension for a long trail—the Ozark Highlands Trail—that from U.S. 65 goes 180 miles farther west.  When the new segment in Searcy County is completed, a hiker will be able to hike from Lake Fort Smith State Park all the way to the Highway 14 Bridge in Marion County.

 

The 28-mile trail segment currently being built will go down the south side of the BuffaloRiver from Highway 65 to Highway 14.  There will be public access to the trail at the two highways and along the trail segment where it crosses the Zack Ridge, Red Bluff, South Maumee, and Spring Creek Roads.

 

Thus the trail is in five parts or segments, from one of these roads to the next.  No segment is longer than about six miles.  At each road a public trailhead will have parking space and direction signs.  Almost everywhere else the trail is located past private property that surrounds the park, with no public access.

 

The trail is like a little highway, 24 inches wide, very often going across steep hill sides.  But the trail itself is designed to avoid any grades steeper than 10%.  (That means no more than ten feet up in a hundred feet of trail).  Thus it’s designed to make it easier for us old folks.  And it’s easier to get to many nice back-country places along the Buffalo.

 

For those who want big scenery, there are 24 overlook areas where the trail goes across the tops of high bluffs, providing wide views of the river and surrounding hills.  There are good side trips.  River gravel bars (fish, swim, camp).  Historic sites (the old M&NA railroad), and Red Bluff (not red, but impressive).

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There are natural curiosities such as Rattlesnake Rock and The Dog’s Head.  Nature’s interest is everywhere—in the trees, rock formations, wildflowers, wild animals, and much more.  The new trail will be easy to find and use.  It can appeal to many kinds of folks—trail-strollers, trail-hikers, trail-runners, and backpackers.  Enjoying the trail should be young folks, retirees, and those in between, as well as nature lovers, ladies bird watching, kids curious about everything, and locals hiking to new hunting and fishing spots.

 

Almost the entire new 28-mile trail segment lies within Searcy County.  The last quarter mile of the trail to the highway 14 bridge is in MarionCounty.  It’s one more thing that can make SearcyCounty attractive to visitors and provide a positive economic impact locally.

 

The trail, combined with the county’s other attractions—including historic Gilbert, historic Leslie, floating the Buffalo River, exploring Richland, enjoying scenery everywhere—can help put Searcy County on the “to do” list for people who come and rent cabins, buy fishing tackle, and eat in restaurants.  These visitors, then, would not be quickie pass-through tourists.  They would be people seeking escape from city noise and clutter.  Visitors from Dallas, Memphis, and St. Louis.  Yes, SearcyCounty can be well positioned to offer escape.

 

If visitors find that escape, peace and quiet here, they’ll want to come back and stay longer.  Having the trail here can give them one more reason.

 

Ken Smith, Coordinator of volunteer work on the trail

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See more pictures of the Trail work and beautiful sights along the trail below.

 

 

New Member – Kindling Trail Cabin

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Kindling Trail Cabin as a new Member!!!

Nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just outside of St. Joe, AR, this  rustic-looking log cabin is waiting for your visit.  Just a short drive from the Buffalo River area on Highway 65 (3.5 Miles South of the Tyler Bend Recreation Area and 4.3 Miles North of the Sinclair Travel Center/High School Area in Marshall – Turn off Highway 65 onto Kindling Trail) and a short walk to scenic Bear Creek.

With all the amenities you expect, Refrigerator, Range, Microwave, Satellite TV (upstairs and down), 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeping room for up to 8 persons.  Come spend a Night, aWeekend or longer and leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.

For more information, photos, rates and for booking, contact Kindling Trail Cabins at www.kindlingtrail.com or phone 870-448-3210

 

CAUTION! You Might Not Want To Leave

FYI: We are located in a DRY county.  BYOB!

 

 

Bear Creek Log Cabins – Buffalo River Cabin Rentals

 

 

Looking for secluded Buffalo River Log Cabins to rent for Vacation?

Let our family home be your family’s home-away-from home. Relax in our cozy cabins and roam our 1,100 acre paradise.

Private and peaceful, our third generation cattle farm nestles along Bear Creek just before the creek enters Buffalo River National Park.

“One word: INCREDIBLE!” Jerry & Diane Moore, Cabot AR

You’ll find plenty of room to roam, lots of inspiring views, and just about everything any man, woman or child needs to unwind and get back in touch with our natural heritage and the healing inner quiet everybody’s looking for these days.

Visit Bear Creek Log Cabins for YOUR Buffalo National River Family Reunion or Vacation

Some folks say it’s a perfect log cabin rental resort for families, church groups, parties, family reunions, and just relaxing with friends. Others use it as a rustic hunting lodge, a remote fishing spot, or a home base for taking the kids ATV 4-wheeling and canoeing.

Whatever you’re looking for in Arkansas USA vacations for the family, we’ll help you find it. And we’ll make sure you enjoy your private getaway in our comfortable Buffalo River log cabins.

“We enjoyed our second visit as much as our first. Maybe we’ll see you again this summer.” Glen & Melinda B. — Russellville,  AR

Right in the heart of NW Arkansas

Our guests enjoy family day trips to nearby Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas as well as the Ozark National Forest and Blanchard Springs Caverns near the Ozarks Folk Center.

We’re just four minutes from Buffalo National River Park on US Highway 65 in the Middle River Section. Your perfect headquarters to float “The Buffalo,” hike the Ozark Highland Trail, and enjoy the scenic roads and trails the Ozarks are famous for with your motorcycle, four wheel drive, or mountain bike.

Welcome to our little corner of heaven!

You’re welcome to bring your ATV 4-wheelers  for four-wheeling, or your mountain bikes and your horses for trail riding.

You can enjoy hunting and fishing on our property at NO CHARGE as long as you have a valid Arkansas license and hunt or fish in a safe and legal manner.

You can easily obtain a hunting or fishing license from Arkansas Game & Fish Commission when you arrive.

We’ll be glad to help you plan your next MO – AR family reunion, vacation or week-end getaway.

“The cabin has so much character and charm. . .Your attention to detail is apparent. . . The decor is so cozy.” Tim & Susan Z. — Vilonia AR

Our VERY private vacation rental cabins offer a perfect family reunion location. Hunting clubs and large groups are welcome.  Each of our log cabins is unique, with completely different settings and decor. All cottages feature covered front porches and screened back porches.  We designed each of our vacation rental cabins to be roomy enough for a church retreat or a hiking club meeting yet cozy and private enough for romantic couples on a honeymoon or anniversary.

Contact Bear Creek Log Cabins  for Buffalo River Log Cabin Rental Information and Reservations

For more information about Bear Creek Log Cabins call 870-448-5926 or visit their website.

Bear Creek Log Cabins has  5 cabins available in various secluded locations.  For Booking information go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, you may have seen some of the many Elk pictures we have on our site.  All the elk pictures on our site have been taken either on property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins, or property directly adjacent to Bear Creek Log Cabins.  If you haven’t seen the elk pictures they are on featured areas of our website.

 

Welcome to the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce

Searcy County, Arkansas offers the perfect destination for your Ozark Mountain Get-Away.

We are very glad you are here!!

Searcy County is located right on the U.S. 65 Corridor, the main route between Little Rock, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri.   The southern border of the county is approximately 85 miles north of Little Rock, and the northern border is approximately 40 miles south of Branson.     Searcy County is easy to get to, yet still hidden in the mountains.

We offer a wide variety of nearby attractions such as the Buffalo National River, Ozark Folk Center , Hurricane River Cave, Ozark National Forest, Blanchard Springs Caverns, Ozark Heritage Arts Center, Buffalo Point, and even a chance to watch a movie under the stars at a modern drive-in-theater, at the Kenda Drive In, one of only 3 in the entire state of Arkansas.

Visitors to our area enjoy staying at a Buffalo River Cabin, Horseback Riding on the various trails in the area, hiking portions of the Buffalo River Trail, Hunting, Fishing or Riding ATV’s.

Enjoy our website, look at the beautiful scenery of our area and see what the Northern Ozarks and Searcy County has to offer.  Then plan to visit us sometime soon.

The Beauty of Our Area

The Ozarks is home to some of the most beautiful areas on earth, and Searcy County is certainly no exception.   From the Buffalo National River that runs through the northern third of the county, to the rugged Richland Creek area in the Southwestern corner, Searcy County is home to some really spectacular scenery.   These pictures are located in an area that is called “Dry Creek Falls” which is located in the Western part of the county.  This area has been photographed extensively over the years, and it continues to be very popular with hikers and nature photographers.    Paul Caldwell graciously allowed us the use of  his pictures to show off the beauty of this area.  Visit Paul’s site for more wonderful photos of Arkansas.

Photos Courtesy of Paul Caldwell – Photos Of Arkansas

Searcy County Recreation

Searcy County offers a wide range of  Get-Away destinations, from family fun at Arkansas’ only year round Drive-in Movie to high adventure kayaking on class IV whitewater on Falling Water and Richland Creek .

Our mountains and the Buffalo National River provide a perfect setting for a week or weekend of fun. We offer a variety of canoeing, horseback riding, ATV Riding, camping and hiking opportunities for the beginner and the adventurer.  Our outfitters and campground operators can supply you with everything you need for the perfect vacation.   We have many rental cabin opportunities also.  If you’re looking for a place to rest and relax, you’ve found it.

For a great guide to the Buffalo National River, click here.  Note:  This is a large PDF file and may take a few minutes to load for slower connections.

In addition to all the great Searcy County activities, our location makes it a perfect place to see all the region’s attractions. Enjoy music at  Mountain View’s Folk Center, world class golfing in the Fairfield Bay area, trout fishing on the White River, and a variety of activities only an hour and fifteen minutes  away in Branson, Missouri.

Searcy County Recreation — Have Fun!!

Searcy County offers a wide range of  Get-Away destinations, from family fun at Arkansas’ only year round Drive-in Movie to high adventure kayaking on class IV whitewater on Falling Water and Richland Creek .

Our mountains and the Buffalo National River provide a perfect setting for a week or weekend of fun. We offer a variety of canoeing, horseback riding, ATV Riding, camping and hiking opportunities for the beginner and the adventurer.  Our outfitters and campground operators can supply you with everything you need for the perfect vacation.   We have many rental cabin opportunities also.  If you’re looking for a place to rest and relax, you’ve found it.

For a great guide to the Buffalo National River, click here.  Note:  This is a large PDF file and may take a few minutes to load for slower connections.

In addition to all the great Searcy County activities, our location makes it a perfect place to see all the region’s attractions. Enjoy music at  Mountain View’s Folk Center, world class golfing in the Fairfield Bay area, trout fishing on the White River, and a variety of activities only an hour and fifteen minutes  away in Branson, Missouri.