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Heart of the Ozarks Cycling

Bikepacker Camps & Accommodations

Great documentary video on the Ozark Grinder Trail! Filmed and produced by the talented Marshall East program at the Searcy County School District! That Dirk Merle is pretty good too! #heartoftheozarkscycling 

Hill Country Cycling Club -- 870-448-7910

Shuttle Services:

 Call North Arkansas Transportation Service (NATS) and schedule transportation.  8707418008

Crockett's Canoe Rental in Harriet -- (800) 355-6111

Richland Creek Campground: 

Richland Creek Campground has a small, picturesque mountain stream with waterfalls, rocks, and bluffs. There is access to the Richland Creek Wilderness Area. 11 family camping units. Because of very rough roads, visitors are not encouraged to take camping trailers to Richland Creek.

Witts Springs Community Center: 

Primitive tent camping is available for a donation and that the Witts Springs Rider Village is available for cycling groups who want to come to Searcy County to explore, train, and have some fellowship. Also lodging inside the old gymnasium, two separate dressing rooms that include showers and restrooms in each. Offer a secure area for riders and bicycles. Has a large kitchen/dining area with refrigerator, and microwave. Tuesday thru Friday Cindy’s Country Store is open from 8am until 4:30pm and Saturday 8am until 3:30pm offering snacks and a home cooked meal. 

196 West Hwy 16, Witts Springs, AR 72686. For access call: Doug Weaver 870-496-2371

Russell Blair 870-496-2437, Vickie Garner 870-496-2440, Janis Lee 870-496-2212.

Tyler Bend: 

Buffalo National River Visitor Center. 10 walk-in and 28 drive-in sites on a first come first served basis. The campground provides flush toilet restrooms, one with hot showers. Water spigots are located throughout the campground. A dump station and tank filler is located near the park entrance at Highway 65 but there are no RV hookups in the campground. Campground open year round. For pricing and reservations, go to or call (877) 444-6777.

Grinders Ferry and Shine Eye:

Buffalo National River, both offer easily-accessible but primitive camping right on the Buffalo River. Vault toilets will be open year round with limited or no servicing. No trash services will be provided. No fees charged.

Buffalo Camping & Canoeing: 

Located in Gilbert, has primitive campgrounds 3/4 a mile from the Buffalo River. They have RV and tent sites, with shower house and restrooms, but no dump station. May require a float reservation before booking campground.

Gilbert RV Campground:

RV section has 18 grass and gravel lots. 20, 30, and 50 amp electric hookups. The tent section of the campground offers eight tent sites, including “glamping”.

Snowball Gymnasium: 

Restroom and shelter. Address: 328 Richland Road, St. Joe.

For Access call: Marvin Switzer @ (870) 504-0376

Boston Mountain RV Park in Marshall:

Restroom, shower, and camping spot. Nightly rate $10. For access call: (870) 448-3151 Address: 2356 N Hwy 65, Marshall AR (35°54'28.81"N 92°39'52.74"W)

Leslie Community Center: 

Restroom and shelter. For access call: Mayor Talitha Hardin (870) 391-1313

Address: 409 Cypress Street, Leslie AR 72645


Located in the heart of a 1,600 acre protected valley 3 ½ miles south of Fox, Arkansas, Meadowcreek offers two dormitories for bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Each dormitory has both camp style multiple bunk beds and private rooms. There are large lounge areas and kitchens in both facilities as well as Wi-Fi. The grounds at Meadowcreek are ideal for camping. The scenery is spectacular and the atmosphere welcoming. Address: 5156 Meadow Creek Road, Fox, AR 72051.

Charges: $25 a day each for the first ten guests

$15 a day each for addition guests

$15 a day each for additional days

$10 donation to Meadowcreek for Campsites.

Contact: Gary Valen at 870-363-4452 or e-mail [email protected]. You can also reserve rooms or sites on our website. PayPal is accepted. Meals can be arranged with advance notice.


City Park available for camping.

Also, between Shirley & Fairfield Bay $12 tent camping. Click here for details

Little Red River Outfitters

552 AR-9, Shirley, AR 72153

(501) 250-5560

Fairfield Bay:

Cobblestone Inn & Suites

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The Ozark Grinder Trail has more than 150 miles of gravel, pavement and trail! Predominately gravel accessible through some the Ozarks most wild and scenic countryside!

Close to 10,000 feet of elevation gain! The trail runs inside the Buffalo National River with fabulous river overlooks, is also within the Ozark National Forest running alongside the Richland Creek Wilderness, and Richland Creek (a National Wild and Scenic River), Falling Water Creek, and the Middle Fork of the Little Red River along portions of the railroad bed of the long-departed Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad. 

This trail also sports some steep mountain climbs! The Ozark Grinder Trail occasionally runs in conjunction with or in close proximity to the Ozark Highlands Trail and the Buffalo River Trail hiking trails. There are multiple access points to the trail. Tyler Bend at the Buffalo National River, Snowball, Witt Springs, Leslie, Marshall, Oxley, Shirley, and Fairfield Bay. North of the Buffalo River At times the trail will be impassable due to high water at low water bridge crossings. The annual Pedestal Rock Road Bike Ride and Lick Fork Gravel Grind in Witts Springs is the 3rd Saturday in October.

 Never attempt a dangerous river or stream crossing! Turn around, don’t drown. Come back another day! 

 It is also recommended that you always ride with a partner.

Many sections of the trail are outside of cell phone coverage. For more information, check out the Ozark Grinder Trail's Facebook page.  

Ozark Grinder Trail - ITT FULL ROUTE (Gilbert Arkansas to Fairfield Bay AR)

You can download Strava Maps into your device that will allow you to have GPS navigation on the trail.

Full Trail

Section 1

section 2

section 3

section 4

Meadow creek loop

Marshall spur

Oxley loop

Tomahawk Loop, Gilbert to St. Joe, is 26.43 Miles, Elevation Gain 1,982 ft, Elevation Loss 2008 ft, using a Garmin GPS for cycling. Has a short spur route to the spectacular Red Bluff Overlook, Buffalo National River.