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I'm double posting this in the Midwest section, too, since that's where we're located (Indiana).

I'm looking for places that we can rent canoes, go 1-4 days downstream and then backpack back to the car on some decent trails (minimal road walking). The only 2 places I know of are in the Southern section.

* Big South Fork (though the trails don't seem like you could get back to Leatherwood Ford bridge very easy)
* Buffalo National River and the Buffalo River Trail

Anything else?
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For the Buffalo, come in the early spring.  Backpacking Arkansas in the summer can be a death defying act and not just because of the heat.  You can be entirely consumed by ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes.  All they will find is a dried out skin husk!  Start out as far upstream as you can depending on river levels.  Check river level here - http://arkansascanoeclub.camp7.org/Default.aspx?pageId=471367 - click on the "Ozark Creek Information Summary", and then pick which section of the Buffalo you want to paddle.  If you think you might like some company for the paddle section, post your intentions on the Arkansas Canoe Club web site.  We love showing off "our" river.
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My preference would be first week of April. I've been corresponding with Buffalo Adventures and given my experience (good course work but little practical) and that I'll have my 6 year old with me, he's recommending I don't try it when it's over 3'. He also said I likely couldn't run the upper portion the first week of June, which would be the next window.
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the hiwassee river has the john muir trail. i think that's only a day's float, though.

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I'd say the Suwanee River Trail and the Florida Trail... but by April, there might be a lot of bugs. Here are some links anyways! The hiking part is 100 miles and follows the river almost perfectly. There are place to camp with canoes also.

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My preference would be first week of April. I've been corresponding with Buffalo Adventures and given my experience (good course work but little practical) and that I'll have my 6 year old with me, he's recommending I don't try it when it's over 3'. He also said I likely couldn't run the upper portion the first week of June, which would be the next window.

The first week of April is about perfect.  Mild days and cool nights.  If you decide to try the Buffalo, let me know and I can give you a little more information.  Also, buy "The Buffalo River Canoeing Guide" by the Ozark Society.  Wonderful guide book to the river.  In fact, I'm going to see if I can find mine right now.
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+1 on the Buffalo River......simply beautiful.  I'm sure you've seen the pics.
Hike back on the Buffalo River Trail, the Old River Trail or do a combo.  ORT is a horse trail that stays low and crosses the river numerous times.  Stunning views of the bluffs from below.  The BRT mostly stays high on the bluffs with views down on the river.
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How high would crossings of the ORT be if the Ponca gage is at 3'? I can carry my son across if needed. He's light and only 47".

The Suwanee River and FT sound like a good one for Christmas break.
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How high would crossings of the ORT be if the Ponca gage is at 3'? I can carry my son across if needed. He's light and only 47".

Yeah, that's a point I hadn't thought about as we did our hike on the ORT in the fall with lower water levels (knee-high crossings).
Did a float trip in late April when the water levels were up after heavy rains....quite adventurous.
You might ask the outfitter the same question.
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There is lots of info on this link and the connecting links.  Hope it helps.

http://www.ouachitamaps.com/Buffalo.html


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Indeed, I had already planned to use your maps, Charlie. Thanks for the service.
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