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Ponca-Lost Valley Recreational Area
Buffalo River National Park
Arkansas Scenic Byways

Elk in Buffalo River National Park
Wild elk herd grazing in Boxley Valley along the Upper Buffalo River

Buffalo River National Park

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

Arkansas Scenic Drives

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- Arkansas Scenic Highway 7
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- The City of Hot Springs, AR
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The Upper Buffalo River runs through Boxley Valley near the village of Ponca. It is about 25 miles west of Jasper and Scenic Highway 7 via Highway 74. Canoe float trips start either at the Boxley Bridge or the low bridge near Ponca. Upstream from the Boxley Bridge the river is a stream that would only be navigable in early spring. Canoe rentals and outfitting is available in Ponca. Also in Ponca is the Elk Education Center run by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The elk herd in the park has grown to about 450 animals and are frequently seen in Boxley Valley.

For hikers, in addition to several trails along the river, there is hiking in two adjacent wilderness areas: Ponca Wilderness Area and the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area. For those not interested in backcountry camping, the Lost Valley Campground has 15 campsites, with a few suitable for small RVs or tent trailers. The tent sites are very nice, set away from the parking area and generous spacing between the sites. The bathroom has running water and flush toilets but there are no electric hookups. It is a very pretty and secluded little campground. Camping is first come first served. A major feature of Lost Valley is a 2+ mile scenic hiking trail along Clark Creek with several interesting natural formations, including Eden Falls.

We've previously visited other recreation sites and camping areas along the Buffalo River: Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point. The campgrounds at these two areas are full-service with showers and several sites with electric hookups. Each area also has several scenic hiking trails.

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Lost Valley Recreation Area

Lost Valley Trail Buffalo River

While a number of campers at Lost Valley use this a base of operations for floating the river or fishing, another attraction is the Lost Valley Trail. wake robin wildflower


Starting along the trail we came upon this unusual (to us) flower among some Wood Violets. We later discovered it is a Wake Robin or a red Trillium.

natural bridge

< < < This formation is called the Natural Bridge where Clark Creek has carved a 50 foot long tunnel through the limestone.

Eden Falls

Here is the last section of Eden Falls as it cascades into a pool of water. In total the four cascades of the falls drop 170 feet. > > >

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< < < A pretty little waterfall from a spring that empties into Clark Creek.

Limestone Bluffs Buffalo River
This is typical of the towering limestone bluffs frequently found along the Buffalo River

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Upper Buffalo River - Ponca Wilderness Area

Upper Buffalo River Ponca Bridge

The Ponca low-water bridge is a popular put-in spot for canoeing the Upper Buffalo River. We, however, were hiking the trail that runs adjacent to and above the river.James Villines Log Home


Shortly after leaving the bridge and hiking up the trail we came upon this old log homestead - the James Villines home and farmstead was constructed in various stages from 1854 to 1880.

Upper Buffalo River Ponca Hiking Trails


Upper Buffalo River Ponca Hiking Trails


The trail climbs steeply along the edge of limestone bluffs and through rock-outcroppings.

Buffalo River Bluffs

Some great views of the river far below the trail.Upper Buffalo River


Looking upstream from the Ponca low water bridge. This stretch of the Buffalo offers decent fishing for smallmouth bass and entertaining canoeing during the spring.

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Ozarks & Buffalo River Travel & Visitor Links

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