With the receding waters following last week’s rains National Park Service staff conducted evaluations of all roads and water crossings of the Buffalo River and its tributaries in the Erbie/Compton area. The Compton-Erbie Road (Newton County Road 19) from the Hideout Hollow Trailhead to the first water crossings is rated impassible. Access to the Erbie Horsecamp and Erbie Church is possible via Newton County Road 19 from the east but 4-wheel drive is recommended and hauling a trailer is not recommended. On the south side of the river, access to Erbie Campground and the Parker-Hickman Homestead is open as far as the Buffalo River, but visitors may expect some areas of rough road.
Major erosion at all crossings has initiated emergency funding requests for repairs to restore crossings. It is not possible at present to determine when repairs will be completed. In the meanwhile, visitors should plan their routes in this area accordingly, and avoid these water-crossings altogether. Crossings should never be attempted when the water is cloudy and actual depth and bottom conditions cannot be safely determined.
To report unsafe conditions or emergencies visitors may call Buffalo National River’s dispatch at 888/692-1162 or for emergencies only dial 911.