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Buffalo National River Backpacking

Explore the Buffalo National River in the same way the first Americans traveled - by foot. With over 100 miles of trails in the Buffalo National River , day hikers and backpackers alike can discover hidden waterfalls, breath-taking overlooks, or historical home sites. Leave no trace of your stay - pack out whatever you pack in.

The park has brochures listing the trails in all sections, and the ranger stations and the visitor center carry topographic maps for sale. For more information we recommend Tim Ernst's books Ozark Highlands Trail Guide, Buffalo River Hiking Trails , and Trails of Arkansas .

There are over 100 miles of maintained trails within the park. Depending upon location, construction, and designation, these trails are open to hikers and/or horseback riders. Bicycles and pets are not permitted on any park trails.

Some trails require river crossings, which may be impassable during high water. Stay on designated trails. Do not shortcut trails or switchbacks. This not only adds unnecessary impact, but it increases erosion.

For your safety, if you are hiking on a trail and meet up with horseback riders, stand to the side of the trail and allow the horseback riders to pass. It is best to make your presence known with a friendly hello well before the horse is nearby. This lets the horse know of your presence and prevents it from becoming startled.

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