Buffalo River Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,806' 1,465 m
Descent: -4,461' -1,360 m
High: 1,778' 542 m
Low: 797' 243 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“This rugged and scenic trail runs along the Buffalo River and passes through Ponca Wilderness.”— Missouri Hiker
The middle portion of the trail passes through the Ponca Wilderness, connecting Steel Creek to Kyles Landing, which are popular campgrounds for runners and floaters. This trail follows the scenic views Buffalo River and the overlooking cliffs. Several old homesteads and cabins can be found in this area. This is a dirt trail that is well traveled, but trekking poles are recommended due to loose rocks and roots.
For runners looking for a shorter day run, combining a section of the Buffalo River Trail with some of the other trails is a great option. For those looking for a longer overnight outing or extended backpacking trip, there are camping options along the trail. For more information on the Buffalo River Trail, download the NPS Trail Guide.
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Land Manager: NPS - Buffalo National River