Upper Buffalo Wilderness Loop

Ponca, Arkansas

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While this 37-mile loop ride contains some steep climbs and a few rough, rocky sections, it is not technically difficult. It can be easily handled by beginners in good physical condition for the climbing. Eighteen miles of the loop take you along the paved surfaces of AR 21 and AR 16. The rest is on dirt and gravel roads that range in condition from good to poor. One four-mile stretch on Forest Service Road 1410 is in very poor condition. In other words, it is perfect for mountain biking. Several double-track roads split off FS 1410, making interesting and challenging side trips when you have the time to explore. Located on the northern edge of the Boston Mountains, the Buffalo River descends steeply in its upper reaches, carving bluffs that reach as high as 500 feet above the river. These bluffs are cut from the sediment of ancient seabeds from which the Bostons arose. Caves are common in this remnant sea floor.

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"While this 37-mile loop ride contains some steep climbs and a few rough, rocky sections, it is not technically difficult. It can be easily handled by beginners in good physical condition for the climbing. Eighteen miles of the loop take you along the paved surfaces of AR 21 and AR 16. The rest is on dirt and gravel roads that range in condition from good to poor. One four-mile stretch on Forest Service Road 1410 is in very poor condition. In other words, it is perfect for mountain biking. Several double-track roads split off FS 1410, making interesting and challenging side trips when you have the time to explore.

Located on the northern edge of the Boston Mountains, the Buffalo River descends steeply in its upper reaches, carving bluffs that reach as high as 500 feet above the river. These bluffs are cut from the sediment of ancient seabeds from which the Bostons arose. Caves are common in this remnant sea floor."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ponca
Distance: 37
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: Spring and fall are best for riding the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Loop. Summer is also good but can be very hot and humid. A ford of the upper Buffalo can help offset the summer swelter, unless I has been so dry that there is no water in the upper river.
Local Contacts: Ozark National Forest Buffalo Ranger District 870-446-5122
Local Maps: USGS Boxley, Fallsville
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Buffalo Wilderness Loop

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May 2018