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Buffalo Outdoor Center

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Buffalo outdoor center was very friendly and the cabin was just as advertised. Beautiful area to hike and get away. If it's warm try to book a float trip on the Buffalo and take on a couple of the top rated hiking trails like Hemmed In Hollow and Lost Valley. The folks at the store were very helpful mapping out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

BOC staff was very friendly and helpful with information about the area. My review of the cabin should not reflect poorly on them. I stayed in Cabin 4. It's rustic and cozy but you will see and hear the cars, trucks and motorcycles on the main road. The cabin is not in the woods - just set-back a bit from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most beautiful place to float the river. Folks are awesome and very friendly. Renting the kayaks are easy but the drop off point is very confusing to say the least. my husband and I had a blast just easing down the river but watch for the rocks and don't miss your drop off lol.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First let me start by saying, I would love to have given this place a 5, but I just can't. The staff at Buffalo Outdoor Center were awesome. They were very helpful with helping us decide what hiking trails to take and what books were best for what we were wanting to do. I was very impressed with them and... More 

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Stowe, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently we (aka Burton Snowboards) used BOC and the Riverwind Lodge to conduct our Spring/Summer photoshoot. BOC's staff did an exceptional job with hosting our crew as well as helping to facilitate the logistics around planning and organizing details for the photoshoot. Additionally, the Riverwind Lodge was an awesome place to house our entire production team + the models (more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great accidental find googling the buffalo river. We stayed at the smaller cabin the first night (3 teenaged boys and myself) and it was absolutely perfect. The drive to Henderson for dinner was windy but the secluded nature of Ponca was super nice. We floated from Ponca to Pruitt the next few days on BOC canoes and... More 

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

R.L., we are thrilled you discovered Ponca and the Buffalo National River. We think it's the crown jewel of Arkansas, although still very much undiscovered country for many folks (which, as you found, is also part of its charm). We promise there is so much more to see and do, so do come back. A thought: late September into early... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My son and I had no idea what to expect when we arrived at the BOC. Upon arrival we were treated first class!!! the staff were super professional and extremely knowledgeable. Going into the whole Buffalo river experience blind this was a 'home run' choice for us and we will certainly be back again for more!!!

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

Chris, this is what we love to hear---great things about our staff who truly strive to go the extra mile to help you make the most of your time here, as well as feel comfortable with the national park and your adventure plans. We hope you and your son will return, perhaps for a fall visit when the elk are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We stayed for a weekend on Spring break and went rafting on the river. It was beautiful and fun for a small vacation. We plan on returning in the summer! Cabins were comfortable and clean. The Songbird cabin is at a perfect location and just enough space for everyone and we loved having the fire while watching late night movies!

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

Christy, THANK YOU for taking the time to write such a wonderful and detailed review on our behalf. You provided future guests with very helpful information about the Songbird Cabin. We sincerely appreciate you choosing us for your mini-vacation and we look forward to having you return this summer for a refreshing dip in the river! More 

Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We stayed in the Presidents cabin. It was well equipped with wifi, kitchen utensils, a great fire and outdoor BBQ. Read the instructions on using the fireplace - do not use the ceiling fan as it changes the air flow and you can get smoke in the room. They have a great selection of movies you can check out. The... More 

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

Clare, we can just see you sitting on a big ol' rock about to take a giant bite out of big ol' sandwich---it's just plain good for the soul, isn't it? Thank you for the kindness of the review and for making our deli sandwiches the star of it! :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We used Buffalo Outdoor Center (BOC) as the venue/car shuttle service for a camping trip on the Buffalo River near Ponca. Prior to our visit the staff were helpful and knowledgeable on the phone, and upon arrival we were very pleased. They took care of all our needs and gave us tips and pointers about camp sites/river details. We will... More 

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

John, first of all, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us on Trip Advisor. We are so fortunate to have an office team who truly wants to be engaged with a guest's trip---almost as if they, too, were going along and in need of a trusted source for good information. We will make sure our... More 

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