Enjoy the beauty of the Ozark mountains along this free-flowing river.
Named a national river in 1972, the Buffalo River is one of the few undammed rivers in the United States. It flows freely for over 100 miles and features amazing rock cliffs and hundreds of natural caves. Many visitors come here for horseback riding, hiking, or canoeing. There are no entry fees; however, if you want to camp near the river, camping fees will apply. There is plenty of different tent camping and horse campgrounds available nearby. At night, the stargazing opportunities here are amazing since this is a largely undeveloped region.
This river is largely dependent on rainfall. Expect to be able to paddle along the upper part of the river beginning in the spring. Please check the water levels before attempting to canoe or kayak. There are several points along the river where certain water levels will make it too dangerous to travel. Anyone going down the river must wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. The river, campgrounds, and various hiking trails are split into three sections, including the Upper District, Tyler Bend, and Buffalo Point. Be sure to enjoy a fun adventure at Buffalo National River with your friends and family.