Great Photos – Buffalo River Trail in Searcy County
— The Buffalo River Trail segment between The South Maumee
Road and the Highway 14 Bridge is just over 11 miles in length and has some
stunning overlooks of the Buffalo River! Kudos to the National Park
Service, Volunteer Coordinator Ken Smith, and dozens of volunteers who
helped to complete this beautiful trail! At places the trail runs through
lush, dense, bottomland forests, and by contrast also winds along upland
ridges. It also traverses beautiful glades with native wildflowers and
sometimes clings to the edge of near vertical hillsides. Near the South
Maumee Road there are beautiful waterfalls after healthy amounts of rain.
There is a water crossing between the South Maumee Road and the Spring Creek
Road when the trail crosses beautiful Spring Creek. Between the creek and
the Highway 14 bridge there are some majestic views of the Ozarks and the
Buffalo River far below. Canoeists and sometimes soaring birds are seen
below the trail. This trail can be strenuous at times and is not for small
children as there are dangerous drops nearby. However, it is a spectacular
attraction for Searcy County! Well worth the hike.
Recommend bringing a camera or camera phone, strong hiking stick, sturdy
shoes, and having a pack with an ample supply of water and snacks.”
Remember to carry out all of your trash. The trail is fairly well marked,
but sometimes switches back, look for white Park Service metal markers on
trees. The trail sometimes runs along old roads as well. Enjoy!
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