Enjoy a view 450' above the Buffalo National River and it's towering bluffs.

This hike begins at the popular Steel Creek Campground area along the Buffalo National River just outside of Ponca, Arkansas.  You can park anywhere in the grass just to the left where the pavement turns into gravel at the bottom of the hillside.  To reach the trailhead simply walk back up the road a little ways and you will see a BRT (Buffalo River Trail) trail marker on your left.  Simply hop on this trail and begin to follow it.  It will pass behind the horse camp and old ranger station as it begins to make its way up the hill.  The trail will eventually dip down and follow alongside Steel Creek for a short ways before crossing the creek itself.  The trial is clearly marked by the white BRT trail markers.  Once you reach this point the hike begins to climb uphill to the top of the bluff.  Be sure you bring plenty of water as this part of the climb can get tiring on warmer days.  Continue to follow the trail until you come to the overlook and be prepared to have your breath taken away!  Here you find yourself standing approximately 450 feet above the river with a sweeping 180 degree view of the Buffalo River!  In front of you running alongside Steel Creek Campground is Roark Bluff which is about 3/4 of a mile long.  Find yourself a seat and watch as people float below you down the crystal clear waters of the buffalo.  Once you've rested up and enjoyed the view, simply turn back and follow the trail the way you came in.  Did this hike in the winter and can't wait to go back in the spring when the trees are green! 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sturdy Hiking Shoes
  • Snack
  • Camera
  • Hammock
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RT Distance 2.8 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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