• Canoeing on the Buffalo

    Buffalo

    National River Arkansas

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Park Welcome

The staff of Buffalo National River welcomes you.

We extend a warm welcome to you in your visit to Buffalo National River. The natural and cultural resources of this national river exemplify much of the beauty and diversity which makes up the Ozark region of Arkansas. You will find a wild, free-flowing and unpolluted river that passes towering bluffs, pioneer homesteads and wilderness areas, dominated by a vast hardwood forest, verdant much of the visitor season. The river offers recreational pursuits like canoeing, fishing and swimming. Inspirational and educational opportunities are also available, where one can experience life at a slower pace. It is indeed a place where you can get glimpses of an earlier way of life, whether that is seeing examples of prehistoric Native American presence in Ozark Bluff Dweller cultures or pioneer homesteads in this beautiful and scenic, rugged landscape.


We hope that you will enjoy your visit to the park. Our desire is to make your visit a pleasurable experience, whether that is getting the area information you need, receiving assistance from one of our staff members, or finding the public facilities clean, orderly, and well maintained. If you choose to partake of our interpretive programs, our staff can help you learn more about this significant resource that is America's first national river.


Over thirty years have passed since Buffalo National River was established "for the purposes of conserving and interpreting an area containing unique scenic and scientific features, and preserving as a free-flowing stream an important segment of the Buffalo River in Arkansas for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations."


The National Park Service, working with park neighbors and friends, manages the park to provide camping, canoeing, hiking, wilderness and outdoor opportunities to all park visitors. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of many people the Buffalo River remains preserved for all Americans. Take advantage of your visit to Buffalo National River and join the ranks of those that have been touched by the Buffalo experience.

National Park Service Employees of Buffalo National River

Did You Know?

Twilight on the Buffalo National River

Did you know that there are no dams found on the Buffalo National River. In fact, a number of people realized this and fought to keep the river untouched by dam builders. On March 1, 1972, Congress established Buffalo National River as the country's first national river.