Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail

Area Status: Open

Located in the Big Piney Ranger District, the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail is an adventure along 36 miles of interconnecting mountain bike trails that loop through this scenic section of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. Primarily single track, these incredible mountain bike routes sport names that are descriptive of the trail's own personality and points of interest along the way. While beautiful, these trails are remote and distances can be deceiving. Expect that traversing this terrain will be slow and difficult. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year-round
Fees: Free
Closest Towns: Fayetteville, Clarksville and Harrison are within an hour drive.
Operated By: Big Piney Ranger District (479)284-3150 or (870)446-5122
Information Center: General Trail Information
Trail Map 11x17 1:24,000 scale
Trail Map 22x22 1:18,000 scale with elevation change info
Twisted Hickory Trail Closure Map: pdf or image This free area is maintained and patrolled by volunteers. Please help us keep it clean and free by packing out what you pack in.

General Information


The trails can be accessed from two different trailheads. The main access area is located  on Knuckles Creek Road which has a gravel-surfaced parking area that will  accommodate approximately 15 vehicles. The second trailhead is located on Cave Mountain Road.

Directions to Knuckles Creek Road Trailhead:
From intersection of Hwy 21 and Hwy 16 at Fallsville, take Hwy 16 west for approx. 10 miles, turn right on Cave Mtn. Road (gravel), go 3.2 miles, turn right on Knuckles Creek Road/FS 1413 for 0.9 miles, then take left Y for 0.2 miles. Trailhead on left.
From intersection of Hwy 21 and Hwy 43 at Boxley, take Hwy 21 south for approx. 1.0 mile, then right on Cave Mtn. Road just before the Buffalo River. Go approx. 9.3 miles to Knuckles Creek Road/FS Road 1413. Turn left, go 0.9 miles then take left Y for 0.2 miles. Trailhead on left.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Cyclists should bring proper safety equipment, such as approved bike helmet and gloves. Padding on elbows and knees may help prevent injury.

Trails on the Upper Buffalo Bike Trail:

Azalea Falls Trail - 3.40 miles - Intermediate
Buffalo Creek Trail - 4.78 miles - Intermediate
Cave Mountain Road Trail - 4.27 miles - Beginners
Fire Tower Trail - 2.13 miles - Intermediate
Fire Tower Loop Trail - 1.30 miles - Beginners
Kapark Road Trail - 1.56 miles - Intermediate
Knuckle Connect Trail - 0.27 miles - Intermediate
Knucklehead Trail - 3.67 miles - Intermediate
Knuckles Creek Road Trail - 3.10 miles - Intermediate
Red Star Trail - 0.92 miles - Intermediate
Sidewinder Trail - 1.92 miles - Intermediate
Skyline Trail - 1.01 miles - Beginners
South Bench Trail - 3.96 miles - Beginners
Southern Slide Trail - 0.44 miles - Intermediate
Trail of the Ancients - 0.55 miles - Intermediate
Trail of the Ancients - One Way - 0.54 miles - Difficult
Twisted Hickory Trail (CLOSED) - 1.20 miles - Intermediate
Wildcat Trail - 0.99 miles - Difficult
Zeester Trail - 0.92 miles - Intermediate

Beginner - no sustained climbs over 150 feet in length
Intermediate - occasional steep pitches 150-300 feet in length and sustained climbs
Difficult - frequent steep pitches with large elevation changes and long difficult sustained climbs.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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