Hike the Buffalo River Trail (Ponca to Steel Creek)

Buffalo National River, Ponca Bridge - Search Nearby - Added by Parker Dodson

Take a section of the Buffalo River Trail to a gorgeous campground on the banks of the Buffalo National River. Enjoy stunning rock formations and scenic overlooks on this short two mile hike.

Start this adventure by crossing the Ponca Low Water Bridge over the beautiful Buffalo National River and proceed up the path till you reach the trail sign on the other side.  You have the option of going either right or left at this point, follow the sign to the left and you will see a gate (simply there to keep motor vehicles off of the trail).  Follow the trail around the gate underneath the Bridge that crosses over the Buffalo River.  From here the trail is very easy to follow the entire way.  Throughout this hike you will come across several overlooks that give you sweeping view of the river itself.  Aside from views of the river you can come across some awesome rock formations that are definitely worth exploring!  This trail is only 2 miles one way, however, if you do not want to do a roundtrip hike simply park one car at Steel Creek Campground and create a shuttle for yourself back to the Low Water Bridge.  

IMPORTANT:  There is no overnight parking allowed at the low water bridge. 

Distance

2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

250 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Waterfall
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Eureka Springs KOA

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Branson KOA

Branson, Missouri

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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