Lost Valley Trail
If you had to pick one hiking trail to visit, the clear choice would be the Lost Valley trail. It is barrier-free for a half mile, and has resting benches for those who tire easily. The trail is relatively flat for this area, considered easy to moderate. It is beautiful in every season. Clark Creek flows through the valley. In the wet seasons there are beautiful cascades, including two falls, Eden Falls and the Eye of the Needle. The Lost Valley canyon, while not large is beautiful with many excellent vistas. Spring wildflowers are legendary in Lost Valley. In the cold season, elk occaionally can be found along the entrance road near the old Clark homestead.
The gallery and notes below provide just a small sample of the beauty and excitement that awaits you in the Upper Buffalo River area. Click here for a map of all cabin locations and many local destinations.
Arkansas Elk Herd in Boxley Valley
Without question, elk viewing in Boxley Valley, just south of Ponca, is national class. Many times of the year the elk herd is close to highways 43 and 21 just south of Ponca. Visitors can witness the life cycle of elk. The big show though is the annual elk rut that runs from late September to early November. Lucky visitors can view and photograph giant bull elk fight for domination and breeding rights.
Upper Buffalo River Gallery