Buffalo National River

The Buffalo National River flows through the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas, taking visitors through beautiful landscapes and centuries of cultural and geological history. As you hike along the banks or paddle the gentle currents, you'll see signs of human occupation — the sites are as recent as 1900s-era homesteader cabins and as ancient as 7,000-year-old Native American caves. Spend relaxing days canoeing in the sunshine and stopping to jump in cool swimming holes in the shade of rocky bluffs. On land, hikers traverse the deep, untouched forests the same way that locals have for millennia. As you travel through the region, you can adventure on your own or enlist the help of local outfitters to experience a side of the wilderness that few of the 1 million annual visitors get to see.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Buffalo National River

The best ways to explore the Buffalo National River are by boat or on foot. If you're an experienced paddler, the fast and fun upper end is an exciting section to run — you'll also find plenty of calm sections to float as a family. Other activities in the area include fishing, horseback riding, and scenic driving. Hiking and outdoor exploration are possible year round; the mild winters are a great way to escape the heat and to get the trails to yourself.

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How To Get To Buffalo National River

One of the easiest ways to get to the Buffalo National River is to take US-65 north from Marshall or south from Pindall and St. Joe. From here, you can access the smaller county roads that run along the river, including County Road 241.


170 Ranger Road, St. Joe, AR 72675

Fee: Entry fee $0

Whether you're planning to run the narrows or explore the riverbanks on foot, the Buffalo National River guarantees beautiful scenery and plenty of sunshine. Come in the summer for fishing, swimming, and canoeing, or hike the trails in the winter for cooler weather. No matter when you come, an RV is the perfect way to camp at the lovely campgrounds along the river.