Buffalo River Reviews

"With peaks half a mile high and wilderness covering tens of thousands of acres, visitors come to cave, mountain bike or paddle between high limestone cliffs on the Buffalo National River."
USA Today Travel,
July 2010


Buffalo National River was named one of the top ten undiscovered national parks everyone must visit by
AOL Travel.



"The 10-mile float from Ponca to Kyles Landing on the Buffalo River gets my vote as the most scenic in the Ozarks. The way is lined with streaked bluffs, some more than 500 feet high, and many drip with water that sparkles like diamonds . . ."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Welcome to the Upper Buffalo River where you can explore the most beautiful parts of the Ozark Mountains. Here in the Boxley and Ponca areas of Northwest Arkansas, you’ll find the headwaters of the Buffalo National River, the Buffalo National River park, and Ozark National Forest. It is the perfect place for your next adventure!

For the outdoor enthusiasts, there is something to do in every season.  The Buffalo River offers challenging kayaking and canoeing in the spring, or a relaxing float in the summer. The Buffalo River National Park is home to numerous caves and hiking trails to explore, with some of the most renowned hikes such as Hemmed-In-Hollow, Lost Valley Park, and picturesque Hawksbill Crag. The terrain of the upper Buffalo River area provides great mountain biking and ATV trails in Ozark National Forest.

The Buffalo National River park offers some of the finest horseback riding in the entire US. There are miles and miles of well-groomed trails offering the riding adventure of a lifetime.

The Upper Buffalo River area is home to the largest and most viewable Arkansas elk herd. Each fall the annual elk rut runs from mid-September to mid-November. During the rut, over a hundred elk pool in Boxley Valley. Lucky visitors may witness dramatic bull elk fights for domination and mating rights. Elk viewing draws photographers and wildlife watchers from many states. Elk viewing in the Upper Buffalo River area is the equal of anywhere in the US.

Using this Web Site
Visit our directory of cabins, lodges, restaurants, and rooms to plan your stay. We offer a unique live map with links to UBR members. The map shows the location of popular tourist destinations in the Upper Buffalo River area.

The calendar of events features "natural events", as well as area events like the Color Fest, the Ozark Mountain Artists Tour, and Elk Festival, as well as events in nearby towns.

The things-to-do section contains links with brief descriptions to help you plan your stay. These links connect to web sites that provide specific information that will help you plan your itinerary.

There is a brief guide to hiking trails. Rather than attempt to explain every trail, it mentions popular trails that are suitable for nearly anyone. Serious hikers will want to dig deeper using in-depth maps and guides to access challenging trails like Hemmed-In-Hollow and the Buffalo River Trail. This is a hiker's paradise.

The gallery and notes section is your visual guide to the Upper Buffalo River area. Popular destinations are shown in pictures with insider tips for making the most of your visit. Here we provide the rest of the story in words and pictures. See for yourself the beauty of the UBR.

Join us and experience the Upper Buffalo River region of the Buffalo National River. It is the jewel of the Ozarks. It was voted as one of the least known national parks that everyone must visit. Visitors are treated to wilderness and beauty seldom equaled, welcoming people, and good old fashioned southern hospitality. We are nearby and affordable. Once you visit, you will join many others who come again and again.
Early Fall Color, Ponca Wilderness
Whitetail Buck, Boxley Valley
Bull Fight in Upper Buffalo River Area
Ducks on Boxley Mill Pond
Old Clark Homestead, Lost Valley
Upper Buffalo River Association
Old Barn, Boxley Valley
Buffalo River at Ozark Access
Hiker along the Buffalo National River
Trumpeter Swans, Boxley Valley Mill Pond