Upper Buffalo River Area – Steel Creek


As usual when we take overnight trips, we fill the days with activity, and our May 2012 weekend trip to the Ponca area was no exception.  To be quiet honest, I don’t even think we scratched the surface of all there is to see and do there.

But we tried…

Upon arriving at one of the neatest cabins ever, named the Low Gap Cabin, (and when I say neat, I mean clean, spacious, rustic, yet still filled with many comforts of home)…..


we unpacked the car and prepared a quick meal.  The sun was about to set, and we had a destination to check out before nightfall:  Steel Creek.

Steel Creek is a popular campsite for both people and horses.  What I mean by that is there is an area for campers to pitch a tent and to keep their horses.  Why would someone want to bring a horse to the Buffalo River?  Well, there happens to be seventy five miles of horse trails throughout the Buffalo River Wilderness, and most of them are located in the Upper Buffalo Region.

We had no horses that night, just cameras.  People come from all around to photograph the spectacular bluffs, specifically Roark Bluff.  It towers over the river, creating an awe-inspiring view.


Sabrina and Austin enjoyed walking along the bank of the river, although I think the rocks were a little tough on her bare feet.  This area took me back a few years to my own childhood, when my parents took us to Sylamore Creek near Mountain View.  The rocks, though smooth, were difficult to walk on, and the water was always clear and cold!


We found a couple of cool rock structures along the beach.


It was getting dark, so we headed back to Low Gap Cabin with the intention of returning to Steel Creek someday.  It’s one of those places that I could revisit over and over again. I’m hoping, however, that the next time I pass through there, it will be in a canoe!



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