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Trail hike on the new Buffalo River Trail extension, 6 miles, moderate, Luke Parsch, Hike Leader


This Week’s Outing: BRT-OHT Trail Extension: Red Bluff Road to Red Bluff Viewpoint

Day, Date: Saturday, 2 February 2019
Name of Hike: BRT-OHT Trail Extension: Red Bluff Road to Red Bluff Viewpoint
Location: Ten miles downstream from Tyler Bend and US Hwy 65 on the Buffalo River; or, 9 mi north of Marshall AR at the Red Bluff Road Trailhead on the new 28-mile extension of the Buffalo River Trail.
Type of Hike: Dayhike, trail, there-and-back return hike, no-shuttle
Hiking Distance: 5.9 miles
Maximum Elevation Difference: 300-400 ft, mostly gradual inclines
Rating: Moderate due to distance; hike is on maintained trail with good tread; mostly gradual elevation gain/loss, but some tread is narrow with steep slopes to the Buffalo River
Features: This hike takes in a section of the new 28-mile extension of the Buffalo River Trail-Ozark Highlands Trail. From the trailhead on Red Bluff Road, we first hike upstream (west) past Ezell Hollow and four other hollows with high views down to the Buffalo River throughout. We leave the BRT-OHT to follow a spur trail down to a gravel bar on the river to view Red Bluff (260 ft) on the opposite shore, passing by the 1972 Boy Scout Monument on the way. From the Red Bluff viewpoint, we backtrack downstream (east) on the BRT-OHT and return to the trailhead at Red Bluff Road. More info can be found in Ken Smith’s new Buffalo River Handbook, 2d ed., pp. 397-400.
Hike Leader: Luke Parsch (contact hike leader for more info).
Telephone & Email: 479-442-3817 H; 479-935-0859 M (on day of hike); or, lparsch@uark.edu
Meeting Place and Time:

  • Meet at Root School on Mission Blvd in Fayetteville for carpooling for a 7:00 a.m. departure; or,
  • Meet for a quick stop at the King’s River Country Store in Marble AR at 7:45 a.m., or
  • Meet at the Harp’s Food Store/Deli parking lot on US Hwy 65 in Marshall AR at 9:30 a.m.

Driving Distance: At 123 miles from the Fayetteville carpool to the trailhead, this is one of the longest drives we make for an OSHC dayhike. The final 3.7 mi to the trailhead are on gravel road suitable for 2WD low-clearance vehicles.
Comments: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, gloves, and wear hiking boots. No pets are allowed on any hikes, and children under 12 years must be accompanied by a guardian. Participants are required to sign a “liability release”http://www.ozarksociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/OS-Sign-Up_Sheet_rev4.pdf to take part in any Ozark Society outing. Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not.