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Buffalo National RiverTwo men on banks of the Buffalo National River in discussion with the river surrounded by bluffs and blue sky.
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America's First National River

The Buffalo National River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile length. One of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, the Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River. Welcome Message....
Paddling down the river

General Management Plan

The National Park Service is starting to develop general management plan for the future management and us of Buffalo National River. When completed, this plan will address resources, preservation, visitor use, and development needs for the next 15 to 20 years.

We invite you to participate in this process. We want to hear from you, our visitors and neighbors, and we are developing a mailing list. We will send you newsletters and general management plan updates, and we will ask for your opinions and input during the next few years. If you are interested in helping us, you may access information on this project and sign up to be on our mailing list at the park planning website.

Paddling down the river

Enjoy a day of river running or fishing

The Buffalo is suited for all canoeing abilities. You can find whitewater in the upper stretches of the river to satisfy the adventurer and long, lazy floats on the lower river for those folks seeking quiet solitude. Water levels will vary during the year based on rainfall activity. Visit the USGS hydrological web page to receive the latest information on rainfall and river levels. Bring your own canoe or make arrangements to rent a canoe, kayak, or raft from one of the park's many concessioners. Johnboats are also for rent. Fishing guide services can be arranged.

Parker-Hickman Cabin

The past is close at hand

Native Americans lived within the Buffalo River valley on the river terraces and under the massive bluffs. Hike to the bluff shelter known as the Indian Rockhouse. Pioneers settled along the river as well in communities like Erbie and Boxley. Visit the once thriving mining community of Rush.

Red tent on a gravel bar along the Buffalo National River

Where to stay

Do you want an outdoor experience? Find a campsite in one of the national river's 13 campgrounds. Campsites range from primitive to hook-ups; these beautiful campgrounds are spaced all along the length of the river. Or take your gear with you and spend the night on a gravel bar. Looking for lodging accommodations? You can stay in rustic cabins constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.


Write to

Buffalo National River
402 N. Walnut, Suite 136
Harrison, AR 72601

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Visitor Information
(870) 439-2502

Park Headquarters
(870) 365-2700


(870) 365-2701


The climate for Buffalo National River is typical of the Ozark region and the Mid-South. Winters can be cold with average daily temperatures between 24 and 49 degrees F. Summers can be hot with high humidity; all the better to play in the river. Temperatures range from the mid-80s to high 90s with humidity on some days in the 90% range. Spring is sometimes unsettled, with thunderstorms. Fall can present itself with a burst of color on the trees and comfortable temperatures in the 70s - 80s.
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Cabin 2, constructed by the CCC in the 1930s, is available for rental through the park concessioner.  

Did You Know?
Did you know that Buffalo National River has housekeeping cabins that were constructed in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps? These rustic cabins are available for lodging at Buffalo Point.

Last Updated: March 06, 2009 at 14:56 EST