Aug 13, 2011 · 9:00 AM
Fast and Friendly
Please make sure you read the entire write-up for this hike. It's 7 miles in the heat and you need to bring plenty of water! Also, parts of the trail may be a bit overgrown and may contain posion ivy. I plan to hike in long pants and will have a long sleeved shirt for parts of the trail.
When we are finished, since we will be so close to Jasper, we will swing by the Ozark Cafe for a bite to eat before heading back to Springfield.
Special Thanks to Doug of NWA for organizing this one!
Join me on part of the Old Buffalo River Trail system from Kyle’s Landing back to Hemmed-In-Hollow (HIH). This is one of 3 ways of experiencing HIH. The Old BRT goes back and forth across the Buffalo River which gives us many opportunities to get wet and cool down a bit. We’ll follow the trail back about 3.5 miles, crossing 5 times. Along the way we’ll pass at least one abandoned homestead and an old abandoned farm dwelling on a bluff top to explore. We’ll stop and cool off in the river every chance we get. A couple of these crossings should have enough water to swim and splash about…any rain that week won’t hurt either!! Our last crossing will lead us to HIH, which is the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and Rocky mountains
This will be an Easy+ hike and kid friendly for all ages that can handle a 7 mile round trip hike in the heat…guess that applies to all of us!! :) You won’t want to carry anyone though. There are places where we climb and descend a bit, but this is mostly a level hike along the river valley. Pets are not permitted on the Buffalo River trail system. I always suggest hiking in long pants and do so again for this hike (there is your warning!) …and a light weight, long sleeve shirt may not be a bad idea either. Last year there were sections of this trail that were a bit overgrown, still easy to get through, but they got you real friendly with the green stuff, some of which could be poison ivy.
Bring plenty of water, at least 4 bottles per person, a packed lunch, a towel (less you want to drip dry), sun screen, wet wipes to wipe off poison ivy if you get in it and bug spray. I also suggest hiking in water shoes or tennis shoes that can get wet (hmmm, guess that makes them ‘water shoes’ haha). This part of the trail is not rugged and you’ll like not having to stop and swap shoes every time we cross water.
This is a fun and refreshing hike…hope to see you! As always, hikers do so at their own risk.