Taking the rise in stride

Posted: March 6, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Gene Williams (above photo) takes care stepping over an icy patch Jan. 19 on the Buffalo River Trail. Tom Mowry (from left), Thao Nguyen and Karen Mowry wait their turns. (Top photo) Hikers gaze out over a gravel bar along the Buffalo National River.

Every trail has its ups and downs, especially for those who wander beside the Buffalo National River.

Overnight on the trail

The Buffalo River Trail is ideal for day hikes or longer backpack expeditions.

The 11-mile section from Boxley to Ponca is good to consider for an overnight backpack trip. Camping is allowed anywhere along the route.

Start at the Boxley trailhead along Arkansas 21 south of the Buffalo River, just before the highway goes up a long hill. The trek ends at the Ponca low-water bridge. Like the Ponca to Steel Creek section, the trip from Boxley to Ponca has its climbs and descents.

Source: Staff report

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