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Buffalo Outdoor Center

Certificate of Excellence
Hwy 43, PO Box 1, Ponca, AR 72670
Buffalo Outdoor Center

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have stayed in the cabins several times over the past years ranging from small to large groups and have always had a great experience. The cabins are very clean and have all the basic amenities and best of all, a spectacular view of the valley below. The crew at the BOC is always a pleasure to work with and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would NOT recommend this place to stay unless you are aware of a few issues. First and foremost the facility is on well water which is not clean and on the first night of 3 the water actually came out brown in the sink faucet . After speaking with the management the issue was brought to our attention that... More 

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Dear Michele, Thank you for an opportunity to provide you with additional information, as well as our perspective regarding the concerns you have expressed. To our knowledge, you were not a member of the party staying in Cabin 2, but perhaps are posting on the behalf of those who were? Three gentlemen checked both in and out, as well as... More 

Conway, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great accommodations, great staff and beautiful location. First time canoeing on the Buffalo and first time on a zip line. Both exceeded our expectations. Would do it again in a heartbeat. The employees at the check-in were extremely polite and helpful and the outfitters were great. Everything went as planned. Next time we' stay longer than the 4 days we... More 

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Stan, thank you so very kindly for taking the time to write such a complimentary review of your family's stay with us, as well as your visit to the Ponca area. We will be sure to share your review with our staff, as you made a special effort to point out the service you received from them. We're glad you... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This past weekend, my friends and I decided to do an overnight canoe trip on the Buffalo River. We didn't really know what to expect, and turns out rain also happened to be in the forecast. At the Outdoor Center, they pretty much told us what to expect with the rain and rising river, where and how to properly set... More 

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you for this generous review, and also for providing other paddlers with information about how we try to help our river guests be prepared for sudden changes in river level. We see your review as already earned 2 Helpful Votes! While the Buffalo tends to be more mild than wild, it is a living 'being' that can... More 

Flagler Beach, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of 6 - Myself, wife, 10-12-13 and 2 year old joined my parents for a family vacation from June 10th to 14th and stayed at 2 separate cabins owned by BOC. The consensus after the trip was that this was the best trip we have ever had! I can't say enough about the staff at BOC from the... More 

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Wow, Jon...what can we say but a big,giant BOC THANK YOU for sharing such an in-depth review of your stay with us from stem to stern. It was our extreme pleasure to serve you and make this (again, WOW) your family's best vacation ever! We'll be sure our staff has a chance to read your review as they are the... More 

Jefferson City
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was incredibly surprised by how nice the cabins were. Very peaceful setting. The only issue is you leave your vehicle with them and they drive it to the pick up area. That's the only negative, but it didn't take away from the relaxation and beauty of the float trip.

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Tanja, thank you for sharing your opinion of our cabins with other potential guests here on Trip Advisor. We know when we travel that rely on reviews such as yours for valuable insight. I'd like to now speak to your shuttle service concern. It is possible that we did not have an opportunity to explain why we "valet park" vehicles... More 

Shawnee, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friends and I decided to do something a little off the beaten track as a post-graduation trip and we were not disappointed when we we went zip lining with the Buffalo Outdoor Center. The guides were really personable and energetic, even when discussing safety. Not to mention we got a behind-the-scenes look at the hills and forests of the... More 

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Ashley, how honored we are that you and your friends would include us in your senior trip adventure! We're so very appreciative of the time you took to let others know what our zip line experience is all about. We see you've already earned a Helpful Vote for your review! As you graduate and turn the page on a new... More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thought the high water was going to keep us from floating. Austin at BOC was helpful and informative and clearly laid out our options. We were able to float using rafts and it was great. The store is tidy and well stocked. Bathrooms are very clean.

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Ashley, how kind of you to take a few moments to express your appreciation for Austin's thorough assistance. He is our general manager and a most exemplary one, as you and your group members personally discovered. It sounds like everyone had a terrific and safe family adventure---we can't ask for more than that!. We hope everyone will want to return... More 

Dallas, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first time going to the Buffalo River as well as my first time ever canoeing. I loved the experience I had not only on the River but with the staff that helped us get everything we needed from Kayaks to canoes, koozies, and everything else! I was a little nervous as a first timer but these people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great experience!! It took no time before we were heading to float, even on one of (most likely) their busiest days of the year (Memorial Weekend Saturday). They were very friendly and competent and all we had to do was grab our canoes that already had everything we needed and take off. They even gave us a short tutorial for... More 

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