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Buffalo National River - Day Hike Trails

Indian Rock House Self-Guided Nature Trail (B-5)

Park/Rec Area: Buffalo National River
Region: Ozarks
Length: 3.5 miles
Time: 3 - 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Brochure: Available at address listed, or for a small fee at trailhead

Location: This trail is located at Buffalo Point, 14 miles south of Yellville on Hwy. 14, then three miles east on Hwy. 268

Description: The Indian Rockhouse Trail winds across hillsides and along a beautiful stream to the spectacular Indian Rockhouse Cave, which once sheltered prehistoric bluff-dwelling Native Americans (there are no "ruins" at the site). There is also a side trip to Bat Cave. The length of the round trip is three miles (five miles if you are also going to Bat Cave) and coming back is uphill. It can get quite tiring. Allow 3 - 4 hours for the trip to the Rockhouse Cave or 4 - 5 hours if you include Bat Cave. The trail begins across the road from the trailhead parking lot. Two trails angle off from the road. Take the right, or lower, trail. If you have hiked the trail in years past, you will notice that the routing has been reversed to take better advantage of the slopes and make the return trip easier.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 402 North Walnut St., Ste. 136, Harrison, AR, 72601, (870) 741-5443 www.nps.gov/buff