Highlands Chapter Dayhike: Cecil Cove Loop (Buffalo Nat’l River)

january, 2021

sat23jan8:45 AM4:00 PMHighlands Chapter Dayhike: Cecil Cove Loop (Buffalo Nat'l River)8:45 AM - 4:00 PM Cecil Cove Trailhead, Erbie AR

Event Details

Name of Hike:  Cecil Cove Loop Trail

Date:  Saturday, January 23, 2021

Location:   Buffalo National River at Erbie between Compton AR and Marble Falls (Dogpatch) AR

Type of Hike:  Dayhike, trail.  Be prepared (water shoes) for wet crossings of Cecil Creek.

Hiking Distance:  7.4 miles

Maximum Elevation Difference:  600 ft gain, then 600 ft loss on return.

Rating:  Moderate

Features:  This hike starts on Compton-Erbie road near the Erbie church and follows Cecil Creek Trail upstream through a level, pleasant valley with interesting geologic formations, including Mud Cave.  The trail then ascends along the Cecil Cove Bench Trail.  It passes Jones Cemetery and the Jones homestead site.   We will cross Compton-Ernie Road, then descend on rough trail to the historic Farmer homestead buildings close to the Buffalo River before returning to the trailhead.

Hike Leader:  Norma Senyard

Telephone & Email:  479-966-7009 or  norma.senyard@gmail.com

Meeting place and time:   Saturday, January 23, 2021

  • Meet at the King’s River Country Store in Marble AR at 8:45-9:00 am for a car-caravan; or,
  • Meet at the JB Trading Post in Compton at 9:35 am; or,
  • Meet at the Cecil Cove Trail Head in the Buffalo Nat’l River Park at Erbie AR at 10:00 a.m.
  • Car caravan means we drive as a group in our own cars to the trailhead.

Comments:  Wear a mask and plan to social distance.  Bring water, lunch, rain gear, gloves, and wear hiking boots. May be some wet crossings.  No pets are allowed on any hikes.  Children under 12 years are discouraged and minors 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  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

Links to Pictures of recent OSHC hikes can be seen on the Ozark Society Website atwww.ozarksociety.net  Go to Chapters & Activities/Highlands Chapter and look for Frank Millett’s and Luke Parsch’s  Flickr websites links.

Thanks for volunteering to lead hikes!  If you would like to lead a hike or have ideas for future hikes please contact me.

Judi Nail


870 421 6824


(Saturday) 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM


Judi NailHighlands Chapter Outings Co-Chairjnail1113@gmail.com

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required
Physical Distance Maintained
Outdoor Event