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Wilderness Volunteers

Buffalo National River, AR (May 19th - May 25th 2019)

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The crystal clear waters of the Buffalo National River flow past sheer bluffs of ancient limestone and sandstone, towering as high as 590 feet above the water, setting a captivating backdrop for this week of trail work. The Buffalo is among the most scenic rivers in the interior United States and is America's first National River. The Buffalo meanders 153 miles, past forested hillsides, mountains ringed with summit cliffs, sheer limestone walls, and occasional valley bottoms settled before the Civil War. In a setting which could be described as fit for a fairytale, you will see glens that trap noon shadows and hollows hiding curtains of ferns fed by secret waterfalls. With nearly 96,000 acres of protected public land along its route, the Buffalo is home to a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer and numerous small mammals, songbirds, and even a herd of elk.

Our service project will be trail maintenance and rock staircase construction on Compton Falls Trail. Compton Trail is nestled within the Ponca Wilderness Area and features numerous breath-taking waterfalls, including Hemmed-In Hollow waterfall which is the largest waterfall between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountain Ranges. We will be car camping in a designated volunteer camp area next to the river and hiking to our work project each day.

This project is rated as a active project. Please note that this is one of the more difficult active projects that we have so be prepared for steep hikes!

Check out more photos from previous years projects at Buffalo National River in our photo gallery.


May 19th - May 25th 2019

Service Project

Trail work with the NPS

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Free Days

Canoeing on the river, exploring the area, day hikes, & dipping your toes in the river


Ten camping by cars in designated campground

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, lifting, digging, raking, hiking


Dennis McKane
Fran McKane

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