Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area


The main section of the Upper Buffalo Wilderness was designated in 1974 with additional acreages created by the 1984 Arkansas Wilderness Act totaling approximately 12.000 acres. This is one of the 3 wildernesses on the Buffalo Ranger District. The forest cover is mostly second and third growth oak-hickory. Some scattered stands of shortleaf pine in old fields still exist from when the Forest Service purchased the land in the 1930s and 1940s. The route to Hawksbill Crag is the only designated hiking trail located in the wilderness. The trail is developed but unmarked. A system of old lodging roads that runs throughout the area provides and informal network of trails for hiking and horseback rising. There are four developed access points to reach the Upper Buffalo Wilderness : Hawksbill Crag, Kapark Cemetery, Dahl Memorial, and Boen Gulf. Point of interest- Hawksbill Crag Rock Formation.

At a Glance

Fees none
Open Season: year-round
Closest Towns: Boxley, Fallsville, Deer
Water: non-drinking
Restroom: none
Operated By: Big Piney Ranger District (479)284-3150 or (870)446-5122

General Information


See trailhead links (under "Find Area" in right column) for map, directions and latitude/longitude of each trailhead.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Big Game Hunting

Areas for Big Game Hunting at Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area

Small Game Hunting

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area

Nature Viewing

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