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Buffalo National River Park

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Beautiful Area to visit

Lots of water activities. Canoeing and Kayaking. We are at the age we cannot do these any longer... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Omaha, Arkansas
The first national river in the United States: must visit if you are in northern Arkansas!

Located about one and 1/2 hours southeast of Branson: this is a must see for anyone in this area... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
Greg B
Topeka, Kansas
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Scenic park along the Buffalo River.
Harrison, AR
+1 870-439-2502
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

There are multiple areas to visit on the Buffalo. They are all free, though. The river has good spots to swim and fish, and, of course, kayaking or canoeing is always an option. Bluff jumping at Grinder's Ferry is a blast! The only bad thing...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Lots of water activities. Canoeing and Kayaking. We are at the age we cannot do these any longer, but we do love to drive to Steel Creek and Ponca to see the beautiful Elk Herd.

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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

The Buffalo River was very low, but we stopped at the welcome center. Good educational displays of local wildlife and recent floods.

Thank Bliss P
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Located about one and 1/2 hours southeast of Branson: this is a must see for anyone in this area. It is the first river to become a part of the National Park Service. Noted for the river rafting opportunities: but it is also very fun...More

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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Amazing , my feet were in the river! The water is so clean and the view is beautiful. The water was very warm.

Thank Explorer786496
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

As jeepers, hikers, kayakers we spend ALOT of time in the area, from the upper, middle and lower river, highly recommend hiking the BRT, canoe/kayak the upper river when the water is right.

1  Thank Tread_Morr
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is a great opportunity for fun, especially for a young family. The river offers activities to keep everyone active. There are hikes at almost camp area. There is a trail that spans the entire National Park.

Thank HeavyTravel_11
Reviewed July 2, 2018

My Dad and I have been going to the Buffalo for years, I have been camping for many years with friends and now took my husband last weekend - lovely escape to nature in the Arkansas mountains. Clear water to float, clean campgrounds and friendly...More

Thank Lori J
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Floated from Yellville to Rush (lower river), about 9 miles in about 5 hours. Temp in the low 80s, water temp in the low to mid 70s. It being the 4th weekend in June, the river height averaged a little over 3 ft, however, it...More

1  Thank travelover72
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Three generations of our family rented a couple of canoes from dirstcanoerental.com yesterday and went down the Buffalo River. Water levels were a little low, so we had to push just a bit, now and then, but the weather and scenery were gorgeous. The river...More

Thank Kileni
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July 1, 2018|
Response from Daniel G | Reviewed this property |
There are several rental places. Here’s a pretty well set up one: Contact: Buffalo River Outfitters 9664 N. Hwy 65, St Joe, AR 72675 (870) 439-2200 I’m pretty sure they can give u details.
June 25, 2017|
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Response from Gray S | Reviewed this property |
There are two - one is the Cliff House south of Jasper. an institution and amazing lunch and breakfast, with a multimillion dollar view of the ozarks. The one you MIGHT be talking about, however, it at the old state park now... More
April 26, 2017|
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Response from Eddie C | Reviewed this property |
You can do it yourself or through canoe rental. Most rental prefer reservations because it is hard to predict otherwise.