A hike along the Goat Trail in the Buffalo River area is one of the most spectacular hikes in all of the Ozarks. The 6-mile out and back route leads to Big Bluff, one of tallest along the Buffalo. The Goat Trail meanders 300 feet above the river for gorgeous views of the Buffalo River valley. The hike begins at the Centerpoint Trailhead along Arkansas 43 about 3 miles north of Ponca. It's 3 miles out to Big Bluff then 3 miles back to the trailhead. Caution is urged due to high, dangerous cliffs. Staff photos by Flip Putthoff.