Buffalo River Trail

The Western section of the Buffalo River Trail or BRT follows along the Buffalo National River for 36 miles from Boxley to Pruitt.   The trail winds along the bluffs, gravel bars and banks that cradle the river in its ever-changing terrain.  This long established trail runs through multiple locations with trailheads along the Buffalo National River including; Ponca, Steel Creek, Kyle’s Landing, Erbie Campground, Ozark, and Pruitt.  This is a great trial in the fall, winter, or early spring, as these will be your best opportunities to have good views of the river valley.

Best Time to Visit

Early Spring
Open Year-Round

Additional Information

Waterproof topo maps from National Geographic available in-store.

National Park Service

Trail Map

Get the gear you need to enjoy the trail.

Area Details

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Trail Length: 37.1 total miles
Boxley to Ponca (11.0 miles)
Ponca to Kyles Landing (9.9 miles)
Kyles Landing to Erbie (7.5 miles)
Erbie to Pruitt (8.7 miles)

Location: 2 hrs south of Springfield off Hwy. 21, Hwy. 7, or Hwy. 74

Amenities: Bathrooms at campsites along the way

Pet Friendly: Yes

Kid Friendly: Certain sections

Best Use

Day Hikes