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Buffalo River, Arkansas
(4.3/5 based on 85 reviews on the web)
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.
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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...  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...  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...  more »
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  • A national treasure. The upper Buffalo is beautifully scenic wilderness setting for enjoying the great outdoors. Enjoy picturesque bluffs like those wrapping around Steel Creek, canoe or kayak to Kyle's landing. I recommend stopping mid-float for an easy one-mile hike from the river to the waterfall in Hemmed-In Hollow.
  • Very beautiful sight! It's so nice to relax here. I highly recommend it if you've never explored a river.
  • There are so many wonderful things to say about this place. Fishing is spectacular, the views are amazing, the water is as clear as you can imagine, and you can camp pretty much anywhere along the river. You can also do long distance backpacking along the gorgeous trial that rubs adjacent to the river. This park is worth the drive.
  • This place is sacred and calling it beautiful simply doesn't do it justice. The first official National River is my favorite national park.
  • 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.