A 39-mile drive starting at Harrison, heading southwest into the rugged Buffalo River hills, and ending at Jasper. The rugged hills of the Buffalo River offer scenic views and places to hike along the northern edge of the Ozarks’ Boston Mountains. Of the four scenic drives in the Boston Mountains, this drive offers the most dramatic transition from one major landform to another. The drive starts on the southern edge of the Springfield Plateau, with elevations varying from 500 to 1,500 feet. The bedrock is primarily limestone. The road then climbs onto the northern edge of the Boston Mountains, with a pronounced elevation ranging from 1,500 to 2,300 feet.
Composed of sandstone and shale, much of the area is very rugged, with several sections reaching more than 1,000 feet in local relief. Relatively level land is confined to the valleys and to the mountaintops, which are remnants of the old plateau surface. Special attractions: Baker Prairie, Gaither Mountain, Boxley Valley, Buffalo River, Lost Valley, Buffalo River Trail, Ponca Access, Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, and Ponca Wilderness Area; scenic views, hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing, and hunting.
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