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, shear limestone walls, and occasional valley bottoms. 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.
Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Our service project will consist of a variety of projects that may include river clean up in boats, re-blaze middle & lower district trails, painting signposts, sign lettering maintenance, brushing along Buffalo River Trail from Steel Creek to Kyles Landing and Hidden Hall Wilderness, and fence replacement of historic cemetery. This group will be staying in the Steel Creek Field Station for the week and will have the chance to kayak/canoe the river, hike, view wildlife throughout the week.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.
Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
This project is rated as a strenuous project. Please note that this is one of the more difficult 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.
Apr 4th - Apr 10th 2021
Trail work, litter removal, fence painting, vegetation removal, fence replacement, etc.
Canoeing on the river, exploring the area, day hikes, & dipping your toes in the river
Tent camping on the Steel Creek Field Station.
Strenuous : Bending, lifting, digging, raking, hiking, painting.