Upper Buffalo River Bike Trails (IMBA)


40 Miles


Offering about 40 miles of singletrack surrounding the highest point in the Ozark Mountains, the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail is the gem of a Midwest. The ride laces through the headwaters of the Buffalo National River on a mixture of narrow, hand-built singletrack and machine-cut flow trails. This scenic trail ranges from easy to difficult depending on the route.

Featuring some of the best experiences available, the Epic trail offers some stunning scenery past steep cliffs, turquoise waterfalls, abundant wildlife and old-growth hardwood forests.

Mountain Biker riding through forest on Upper Buffalo Bike Trails


Need to Know

The trails at Upper Buffalo are extremely remote. Come prepared with plenty of food and water as well as a big sense of adventure. Depending on your route, you may be required to carry your bike through multiple water crossings.

Basic Trail Info

Azalea Falls Trail – 3.40 miles – Intermediate

Buffalo Creek Trail – 4.78 miles – Intermediate

Cave Mountain Road Trail – 4.27 miles – Beginners

Fire Tower Trail – 2.13 miles – Intermediate

Fire Tower Loop Trail – 1.30 miles – Beginners

Kapark Road Trail – 1.56 miles – Intermediate

Knuckle Connect Trail – 0.27 miles – Intermediate

Knucklehead Trail – 3.67 miles – Intermediate

Knuckles Creek Road Trail – 3.10 miles – Intermediate

Red Star Trail – 0.92 miles – Intermediate

Sidewinder Trail – 1.92 miles – Intermediate

Skyline Trail – 1.01 miles – Beginners

South Bench Trail – 3.96 miles – Beginners

Southern Slide Trail – 0.44 miles – Intermediate

Trail of the Ancients – One Way – 0.54 miles – Difficult

Twisted Hickory Trail – 1.20 miles – Intermediate


Wildcat Trail – 0.99 miles – Difficult

Zeester Trail – 0.92 miles – Intermediate