Upper Buffalo Wilderness (NF)

Established: 1975
Acres: 12,018 (14,218 combined w/Upper Buffalo NPS)
Region: Ozarks
Section: Boston Mountains
State: Arkansas
Counties: Newton
Manager: Ozark National Forest (link)
Agency: U.S. Forest Service

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.

Hawksbill Crag
Hawksbill Crag
Upper Buffalo Wilderness
Upper Buffalo Wilderness

Whitaker Creek drainage
Whitaker Creek drainage