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Buffalo River Trail-Ozark Highlands Trail:  Spring Creek Road to Hwy 14 Bridge (Dillard’s Ferry), Luke Parsch, Hike Leader, 6.1 mi., moderate

 

This Week’s Outing: BRT-OHT: Spring Creek Road to Dillard’s Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge)

Day, Date: Saturday, 7 March 2020

Name of Hike: Buffalo River Trail—Ozark Highlands Trail: Spring Creek Road to Dillard’s Ferry (Hwy 14 Bridge)

Location: Farthest downstream section of the 28-mile extension of the Buffalo River Trail, 16 mi south of Yellville AR.

Type of Hike: Dayhike, trail, with car shuttle to trailhead

Hiking Distance: 6.1 miles

Maximum Elevation Difference: 460 ft, mostly gradual inclines; 1,600 ft cumulative gain

Rating: Moderate due to distance; hike is on maintained trail with good tread; mostly gradual elevation gain/loss

Features: This hike traverses the first completed (2008) but farthest downstream section of the 28-mile extension of the Buffalo River Trail between US Hwy 65 (Grinders Ferry) and AR Hwy 14 (Dillards Ferry). From the trailhead on Spring Creek Road, we hike downstream (north) over three major bluffs (Sitton Eddy, Stairstep, Kimball) with views 300 ft down to the Buffalo River. Along the way, we pass through diverse terrain and steep hollows covering Buffalo River Miles 115-121. More info can be found in Ken Smith’s Buffalo River Handbook, 2d ed., pp. 406-407. See also Ozark Highlands Trail North Map #3, OHT Trail Miles 200-206.

Hike Leader: Luke Parsch (contact hike leader for more info).

Telephone & Email: 479-442-3817 home landline; 479-935-0859 mobile (on day of hike); or, lparsch@uark.edu

Meeting Place and Time:

  • Meet at Root School on 1529 E Mission Blvd in Fayetteville AR 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 restrooms at the Hwy 14 Buffalo River Bridge, 16 mi south of Yellville AR at 9:45 am

Driving Distance: At 116 miles from the Fayetteville carpool to the Hwy 14 bridge, this is one of the longest drives we make for an OSHC dayhike. The trailhead on Spring Creek Road is another 6 mi from the Hwy 14 bridge, with the last 1.7 mi on good gravel road. We will shuttle hikers from the Hwy 14 bridge to the Spring Creek Road trailhead, and hike back to the bridge.

Comments: Bring water, lunch, rain gear, bug spray, gloves, and wear hiking boots. No pets are allowed on any hikes, and children under 12 years must be accompanied by a guardian.

Liability Release:  Participants are required to sign a “liability release” http://www.ozarksociety.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/OS-Sign-Up_Sheet_rev4.pdf at the trailhead to take part in any Ozark Society outing. Everyone is welcome to hike with the OSHC, whether an Ozark Society member or not.