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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
    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

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

I rented the presidents cabin last night to surprise my husband for his birthday. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed our stay very much. The cabin was very clean and well stocked. It has an incredible view we enjoyed while sitting in the hot tub. I found the bed extremely comfortable as well. The staff were all very friendly... More 

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

We are so pleased you would choose upper Buffalo River country and BOC for a romantic birthday getaway! Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with not only us, but the world---your comments are important to us, as is your business. And tell that husband happy belated birthday from the BOC staff! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

We arrived late on a Friday night. The entire "town" closes early. So have all of your overnight arrangements made prior to arrival. Our cabin was a aprox $350 per night. The cabin was beautiful and the perfect size. There was 4 adults and on 11 year old child. The cabin has two bedrooms with full size beds and a... More 

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

The Mountain Sunset has quickly become a BOC guest favorite and we're so glad that you and your family found it to be the perfect cabin getaway. Thank you so very much for the kind review of your stay with us. And, we agree with you---Ponca, AR is most certainly an American small-town treasure! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

My daughter and I wanted to hike the buffalo river trail and started out by contacting the B.O.C. The staff were extremely helpful with the trail and weather conditions. We used the shuttle service to have our car waiting in Boxley when we finished hiking. Two days into the trip we realized we would not complete the trail in the... More 

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

Steve, we've hiked many a mile with our kids and it's one of the big reasons we do our best to respond to sudden changes in our guests' plans, whether on the trail or river. Family adventures are meant to be fun, inspiring, bond-building, safe and create happy memories. We hope we were able to help contribute to all of... More 

Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My family and I have stayed at BOC quite a few times over the years, and every time we are packing up to leave I find myself saying "I wish I had a few more days!" I thought it was about time they got some official recognition. I should preface this by saying that we have stayed at other similar... More 

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

First of all, THANK YOU for your continued loyalty over the years. We are blessed to work and live in a such a special place, as well as help people discover for themselves it's great beauty. We truly appreciate you taking the time to write such an in-depth review of your experiences at BOC---we promise to work hard to earn... More 

Springdale, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We stopped in the Buffalo Outdoor Center after mountain biking the Buffalo Headwaters trail system. Their general store is a great place to take a break and refuel. Everyone was friendly and I enjoyed looking through the maps of the other local hiking and biking trails.

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

Thank you for the kind review---we know the headwaters trail is a tough challenge and we're glad we could be here for you! More 

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