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Budget constraints and fewer staff have changed our operations. Be prepared for your visit. More »
All campgrounds are open except Erbie Campground in the Upper District. Trash receptacles have been removed from many areas throughout the park; please be prepared to carry out your own trash and recycling. View link for more information. More »
Floating or hiking or both, just overnight or for several days, the Buffalo National River offers visitors several ways for exploring the vast scenic backcountry and wilderness areas throughout the park.
In order to minimize impacts and help preserve the pristine beauty of the wilderness for generations to come, please follow the rules listed below. Please "Leave No Trace" that anyone was here.
*A backcountry permit is not required within the Buffalo National River.
General Information: Always check weather and water levels before and during your trip. Heavy or prolonged rains, which may occur upstream and out of sight, can raise river levels rapidly. Rises of over a foot an hour can occur at any time of the year, and the river can rise more than 25 ft in a single day. If an emergency situation occurs, visitors should not depend on cell phones as cell service is very limited along the river.
In case of Emergency, contact the Midwest Region Ozark Communication Center (MROCC) 1-888-692-1162.
Suggested items for a trip into the backcountry
Did You Know?
Did you know that Buffalo National River has three federally designated wilderness areas within its boundaries? Totalling over 30,000 acres, the three areas capture the essence of the wild Ozarks.