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Buffalo Point Park - Buffalo National Scenic River
Arkansas Scenic Byways

Buffalo River National Park
Buffalo River above flood stage at Buffalo Point

The Buffalo National River is "more than just a river. The 95,730 acre park contains open farmlands, oak-hickory forests, ponds and streams, abandonded homesites, tall bluffs and box canyons." (National Park Service brochure on wild birds).

Buffalo River National Park

- Ponca & Boxley Valley
- Buffalo River Tyler Bend
- Buffalo Point National Park

Arkansas Scenic Drives

- Arkansas Ozarks Scenic Drives
- Arkansas Scenic Highway 7
- Hot Springs National Park
- The City of Hot Springs, AR
- Mountain View, AR
- Blanchard Springs

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While the river is a favorite for canoe tripping, recreational floating and smallmouth bass fishing, the park surrounding the river offers great appeal to naturalists and photographers for its woodland variety, wildflowers, birds, and wild mammals. Hikers can spend several days in the park exploring 30 marked day hiking trails or connect with Ozarks backpacking trails. The trails offer a wide variety of features and difficulty. There are easy to moderate trails visiting waterfalls, caves, hardwood forests, bluff-top views, and historic pioneer settlements. There are also strenuous climbs with a 1100 foot elevation change and offering views of the highest waterfall between the Rockies and Appalachians.

The largest campground for park visitors is Buffalo Point. This camp was originally the Arkansas Buffalo River State Park developed as CCC project in the 1930s. Many of these original structures remain. Since being incorporated into the Buffalo River National Park, the campground has been expanded and modernized with shower facilities, electrical and water hookups, paved roads, and nicely landscaped tent and RV pads. Buffalo Point offers 83 drive-in campsites, 21 walk-in tent sites, 5 group sites, and 12 cabins. There is river access for canoeing, boat launching, and swimming. There are 4 varied and scenic hiking trails from the campground and two more hiking trails in the nearby Rush Creek historic district.

Our visit was in early April 2008 two weeks after a late spring 11 inch wet snowfall followed a few days later by a 10 inch two day rain. This flooded the Buffalo River valley with a torrent of rushing water that peaked at 58 feet at Buffalo Point, putting all but 22 campsites under water and raising the river level 46 feet *over* the normal flood stage level of 12 feet. One consequence of the flood was the normally clear, turquoise colored river was brown and opaque. The campsites were being repaired during our visit; the boat and canoe launch area was still under about 10 feet of water and was badly washed out so it could be a while before boats could be launched here.

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Buffalo Point Recreation Area

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This ledge below the A-Loop campsite area was under water 2 weeks before this picture. As was this overlook (pictured below).
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< < < View of the river and campground road from the top of the Overlook Hiking trail.

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Ross and Jo at the Overlook . . . the stone wall was one of the
1930s CCC project contributions > > >

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Camping

Buffalo Point Camping
Some of the campsites are two-tiered with a car or RV parking area above and the picnic table, grill, and tent pad below.

Buffalo Point Camping

Buffalo Point Camping

< < < One of the campsites that was under water two weeks ago and now overflowing with a foot of sand! Normally this site is 25 - 30 feet above the water level - but not two weeks prior.

Ozarks Folk Center Map

Buffalo Point Campground Map > > >

 

Restaurant and Cabins

Buffalo River National Park
The recreation area has a restaurant with a outstanding view of the river and valley.

Buffalo River National Park Cabins

Some of the cabins also have a superb view. > > >

Buffalo River cabins

Buffalo River cabins
< < < Other cabins overlook the forest. These two were among the cabins built in the 1930s.

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Ozarks & Buffalo River Travel & Visitor Links

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