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Overnight in Buffalo National River

Looking for a good overnight hike and stay near the Buffalo River in Arkansas. We’ll be spending our time in the Compton, Jasper, Ponca area. We’ve done Sneed’s creek before and looking for a new adventure. Any suggestions?

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Hi @TurleyMA - Thanks for reaching out! 

Seeing all of those towns listed was just such a great reminder of how amazing that area is. It's great to hear you are planning a backpacking trip near the Buffalo River! I have always enjoyed my time there and have returned many times throughout the years. 

My suggestion would have to be the trails near the river from Ponca to Pruitt. This trail system is about the same difficulty as Sneed's Creek, but longer. In my opinion, it offers some of the best views in Arkansas. There are multiple entry points along the route to make it fit the time/distance you are looking for. The most common length of time to complete this full trail is three days. 

We'd love to hear you where you end up hiking! 

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