November 10, 2012 · 9:00 AM
Fast and Friendly
The best way to descibe this hike is that it's 2 miles in and 4 miles out. Strangely, we cover the same ground. Oh, it's downhill going in and uphill all the way out and that is where you pay your dues!
Join me Saturday Nov 10th for a scenic hike in Arkansas with a view of the Upper Buffalo River from high upon Big Bluff. We’ll begin at the Center Point trail head just north of Ponca and hike down 2.75 miles to the Goats trail. This is a trail that goes out to the bluffs running along the Buffalo River. We’ll hike to the end of the Goats trail where we will stop and eat our lunch. The views are amazing.
This will be a Moderate ++ hike. Total distance will be about 6.5 miles for those that only hike to the Goats Trail and back....add another 2 miles if you hike to Granny's cabin which is optional. It’s a safe trail to hike but care and caution must be used…you are 250’ above the River and it is narrow in places. Every account of this trail section I have read is packed full of warnings and even some recommendations not to hike it at all..... but if you don't you are missing a treat. This is not a hike for young children or hikers not in good hiking shape. Pets are not allowed on Buffalo River trails.
If time allows we will drive to Jasper, Arkansas for dinner at The Ozark Cafe....great food...great atmosphere.
You will need to bring a pack of some sort to carry water and lunch/snacks on the trail. Bring at least 3 bottles of water for this hike. Wear comfortable shoes. Trekking poles/hiking sticks come in very handy for this hike!
This will be a fun outing and as always hikers hike at their own risk