Portion of hiking trail reopens at Buffalo National River

Staff Writer

PONCA, Ark. (AP) — A portion of a popular hiking trail at the Buffalo National River has reopened after it was damaged earlier this summer from heavy rainfall.

Officials say most of the Lost Valley trail reopened Friday after temporary repairs were made. Crews will continue to work on the trail after the Labor Day holiday weekend. The uppermost section of the trail on the return loop will remain closed for safety reasons.

Heavy rains in June forced the closure of the 1.2-mile Lost Valley trail, which is located near the Boxley Valley Historic District on Arkansas 43 in the Ozarks.

Park officials are now considering changes to the flood-prone Lost Valley area, including modifications to the road or a redesign of trail routes and facilities.



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