Buffalo River, Arkansas
Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
The Buffalo River, located in northern Arkansas, was the first National River to be designated in the United States. The Buffalo River is slightly more than 150mi long. The lower 135mi flow within the boundaries of an area managed by the National Park Service, where the stream is designated the Buffalo National River. The river flows through Newton, Searcy, Marion, and Baxter Counties, from west to east. The river originates in the highest part of Boston Mountains of the Ozarks, flows out onto the Springfield Plateau near the historic community of Erbie, and finally crosses the Salem Plateau just before joining the White River. The Park is home to the state's only elk herd. The upper section of the river in the Ozark National Forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is designated as a National Scenic River and a National Wild River; that section is not part of the area managed as a park by the Park Service, but is managed as a part of the Ozark National Forest.To visit Buffalo River and other attractions in Gilbert, use our Gilbert holiday planner.
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we stayed there 9/16 thru 9/17 2016. campers beware. this place is AWFUL. my party of three were totally discusted with this cabin. it was filthy, we literally found a dog feces behind the sofa, and i... read more »
I go there every year for canoeing or kayaking! It's also a great place to hike and I've seen lots of horseback riding in the area. There is a lot of history in that region with old cabins and homepla... read more »
Pictures really don't do this place any justice. It is just beautiful. If you are going to canoe, I recommend either taking the longer trip (ours was 10 miles) or going on a week day. We went on a Sat... read more »
Beautiful scenery! High bluffs and peaceful sounds of the river flowing by. Campgrounds are well maintained with seasonal toilets and running water. Many nearby hiking trails to choose from.
Love this place. Had a blast here. If you are looking for rental lone river had better prices. Be advised that the sections from Ponca to steel Creek tend to be too low but steel Creek to Kyle's is more then enough for most people. If it's sunny bring sunscreen! And definitely make the hike to lone Valley you won't regret it.
The most wild and beautiful site in the Midwest is the Buffalo National River. Every river bend offers scenic views of mountain, bluff and native wildlife. Discover new hiking trails or cut your own. Cast a line in the crystal clear waters and fish for trout or smallmouth. Overnight canoe trips are timeless expeditions on the Buffalo.
Great place to swim, float, or camp. Campsite was $22 a night and has electric and water hookups and showers and bathrooms. Well kept facilities and friendly and helpful park rangers. A great way to enjoy a break from ringing phones. There is no phone service until you drive back up towards the ranger stations and Wild Bill's Outfitters.
The scenery is beautiful no doubt however the water is VERY low and unless everything including your canoe weigh less than 250 you will carry it a lot. Very difficult to navigate through Rapids in some places due to the low water. I would recommend a shorter trip as the last half was the most frustrating. We went from steel Creek to Kyle's landing. Next time would only do first half unless the water was 3 feet higher.
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