Nature & Science
Pure, clear, water flowing down a 132-mile meandering course; pouring over rapids; strained through gravel bars; drifting through long pools while caressing tree-covered banks is Buffalo National River.
The valley bottom has open grassy meadows with grazing elk. The shores are tall multicolored bluffs steep, wooded hills filling the countryside.
Place yourself in a canoe drifting down the river surrounded by an occasional turtle sunning on a log, a snake in the water as it explores the depths of the river, bass breaking the water's surface and herons stalking the river’s edge. You've experienced many of the facets of Buffalo National River.
Its ancient current gives life to more than 300 species of fish, insects, freshwater mussels, and aquatic plants. In addition, on land there are many more natural wonders to behold: caves with hidden formations and underground waterways, tall cliffs creating long waterfalls, and old pioneer farmsteads that providing forage for wildlife such as elk, deer, and turkey.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Buffalo National River preserves many pioneer homesteads ranging from the 1840s to the 1930s? These structures document the struggles and lifeways of people that carved a living out of the lush forests of the Buffalo River region.