Nov 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Buffalo National River
We'll park/start at the trail head at Compton. We'll shuttle or have the folks at Buffalo Outdoor Center (BOC) shuttle a car or two for us over to historical Erbie. I'll check on the price for this.
Friday after we are parked and ready to go we'll hike to Hemmed-In Hollow Trail and see the 250' waterfall. http://www.buffaloriver.com/hemmed-hollow-trail/.
From there we'll hike to the Old River Trail (ORT) at Horshoe Bend. We'll travel the ORT to Lick Ford. This will be about 4.4 miles total for Friday.
Saturday we will follow the ORT to Kyles Landing and pick up the Buffalo River Trail (BRT). Here we'll hike on top of some bluffs for a birds eye view of the river. About 1.2 mile down this trail we can make a decision to stay on the BRT or take a spur down to the ORT. About another 1.5 mile the ORT and BRT merge (at least it looks that way on the map-or they are very close together). Along here we'll make camp. This is about 5 miles for Saturday.
Sunday morning we'll start up the ORT and pick up Goat Bluff Trail to parking. This is about 1.5 miles. I would like to start early Sunday so we have a chance to enjoy the trail but still get a good start to head home.
As with any trip like this it is all somewhat of an estimate based on start times and in this case how tired we may or may not be after the drive Thursday night.
Compton Trailhead where we'll start GPS: [masked], [masked]
To reach the trail head, take County Road 19 of Hwy 43 at Compton, travel .8 miles then turn right at the sign and the trailhead is just up the road. Two trails begin here but the one on the left is the quickest and also the steepest way to get to the falls. It’s a quick trip down hill but the hike out will be a real test for the greatest of hikers. The other trail is longer and will take you past several special scenic spots along the way.
Todd worked out the following gas cost formula for us using 2 cars. If we use 3 then we can adjust accordingly.