Camp on Big Bluff

Arkansas Big Bluff (Centerpoint Trailhead)

Added by Parker Dodson

Spend the night under the stars on a 550' bluff above the gorgeous Buffalo National River.

This adventure begins at the Counterpoint Trailhead just north of Ponca, AR. Follow the trail downhill for about 2.7 miles until you reach a split in the trail. Take the trail off to the right and follow it for another .5 miles until you reach the Big Bluff area. There is a lot of area to explore along the edge of the bluff with several natural shelter areas. This area deserves your respect!

The Big Bluff, otherwise known as the Goat Trail, sits 550' above the Buffalo National River and the trail is only about 4 feet wide. If you follow the trail you will reach a couple of natural shelter areas that provide just enough room inside to place a tent or even sleep on the ground. If you stay the night, be very careful when moving along the ledge in the dark. The bluff faces to the west, so it is absolutely perfect for catching an amazing sunset. This is also one of the best star gazing spots around! Be sure to get a good nights rest because the hike out is a tough one!

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Plenty of water
  • Food
  • Hiking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Camera
  • Hammock
  • Headlamp
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

6 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

about 2 months ago

Awesome scenery

This a great camping spot and fairly easy to get to. I'd recommend bringing a hammock over a tent. It gets fairly crowded in the afternoon but most people head down before the sun sets. If you are in the area you don't want to miss this

about 2 months ago

6 months ago

Incredible View

We set camp in a cave then hiked up to the bluff to watch the sunset mid Fall. I'm just a beginner so I haven't had many opportunities like this one, but probably the most incredible thing I've ever seen!

6 months ago

7 months ago

Worth The Hike.

Definitely worth the hike. I highly recommend bringing trekking poles as the hike back becomes really steep at certain points. Bring good hiking shoes that have a rubber toe as the trail is mostly rocks and you can easily hurt your toe. Overall, definitely worth seeing!

7 months ago

8 months ago

Awesome

Beginner hike from the trailhead to the Goat trail. Once on the Goat Trail (about a mile on the edge of the bluff) it is more of intermediate to moderate hike simply because of the steep drop off. The hike offers incredible views of the Buffalo River and surrounding foothills of the Ozarks. If you're thinking about getting started into backpacking and wilderness adventures, this will get you hooked. One of the coolest things we did was hike down to the river after a night of camping. Recommend 10/10 must hike and camp for adventurers of all skill level!

8 months ago

Added by Parker Dodson

Outdoor Photographer / Fishing / Scuba Diving / Hiking / Camping / Hammocking / GoPro / Sony a6000

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the White Rock Rim Trail

Arkansas / White Rock Mountain, AR

The trail around the Rim of White Rock Mountain is one of the best trails for vantage points.  Nestled in the beautiful Boston Mountains in north central area of Arkansas.

Parker Dodson
17 Saves

Camp at Mount Nebo SP

Arkansas / Mount Nebo State Park Visitors Center

Mount Nebo State Park is just 12 miles southwest of Russellville, AR, home of Arkansas Tech University.

Nick Garcia
8 Saves

Hike the Rim Trail at Mount Nebo SP

Arkansas / Rim Trail Trailhead

The official trailhead for the Rim Trail can be found on the north side of Country Rd 92, but it seems to be much easier to start the hike right behind the visitors center.

Nick Garcia
10 Saves