• Canoeing on the Buffalo


    National River Arkansas

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color photo of wooded campsite with red car at left and brown and white tent at right

Buffalo Point campground site


Buffalo National River maintains numerous campgrounds throughout the park. Links below provide campground maps. Additional information may be found on the Fees and Reservation page.


Upper District (Upper Buffalo Wilderness to Carver)

The upper or western end of the park includes 5 campgrounds. Fees for sites in these developed campgrounds are $12.00 per site per night with 6 people permitted on each site.

color photo with green fields, blue river, gray bluffs, and tan figure 8 gravle road

View of Steel Creek fields and bluffs from top of bluff. Horse camping is along tree line at left and tent camping area is out of sight beyond the curve at top.


Steel Creek Campground is about 3 miles east of Ponca Arkansas off of Highway 74. The tent campground has 26 campsites and the horse campground has 14 sites. Campgrounds open year round. The vault toilet in the tent campground will be open but with very limited servicing. No water and no trash pick up provided Nov. 15, 2013 - March 14, 2014. No RVs allowed.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0407758, -93.3440483


Kyles Landing campground is about half way between Ponca and Jasper Arkansas off of Highway 74. The entrance road into Kyles is gravel, very rough and high clearance vehicle is recommended. Campground closed Nov. 15, 2013 - March 14, 2014. No RVs allowed
GPS Coordinates: 36.0557563, -93.2812997


Erbie Campground is reached off of Highway 7 north of Jasper Arkansas. The road is 5.5 miles of graded gravel. At this time, the Erbie Campground is closed, but river access is open. Erbie Horse Camp, located 1.5 miles away,remains open to those with horses.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0734394, -93.2177326

Erbie Horse Camp is located 7 miles east of Compton and is reached via gravel and dirt roads and is north of the Buffalo River. Open year-round with camping and vault toilet. Use is limited to those with horses only. Campsites allow a maximum of 6 persons and four horses per site. No fees charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0800929, -93.2342205


Ozark Campground is located 3 miles down a graded gravel road off of Highway 7 north of Jasper, Arkansas. Campground closed Nov. 15, 2013 - March 14, 2014. Campground has 30 campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. Restrooms have flush toilets. RV's allowed but the campground has no hookups and no dumpstation.
GPS Coordinates:36.0621317,-93.1597244


Carver Campground is closed until further notice, but day use river access is open.

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Campground hosts assist ranger managing the campgrounds.


Middle District (Mt. Hersey to South Maumee)

The middle area of the river includes one developed campground at Tyler Bend. Campground closed Nov. 15, 2013 - March 14, 2014. Fees are charged at Tyler Bend.

Primitive camping at Mt. Hersey is available from March 14-Sept. 15, 2014. No services and no trash cans provided.

Woolum camping area is open from March 14- Sept. 15, 2014. Vault toilets will be open, but no trash services will be provided. Woolum is located 7 miles southwest of St. Joe on paved and gravel roads. No fees charged. Horse camping is permitted.
GPS Coordinates:35.9721127, -92.8819327

Grinders Ferry, Shine Eye, and Gilbert gravel bars are open for camping and vault toilets will be open from March 14- Sept. 15, 2014. No trash services will be provided.

South Maumee is open for camping all year. No services and no trash cans provided. South Maumee is located 7 miles off Hwy 27 north of the community of Morning Star on paved and gravel roads. No fees charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0394107, -92.6299021

No fees are charged for any camping area in the Middle District except Tyler Bend. "Give Us a Hand" and pack out what you pack in.

color photo of wooded campsite with tents

tent campsite at Buffalo Point


Lower District (North Maumee to Lower Buffalo Wilderness)

The lower or eastern section of the river provides camping at Spring Creek, Buffalo Point and Rush campgrounds.

Spring Creek campground has designated sites with tables and fire rings. The campground has a vault toilet but no water. No fees charged and camping is open all year. Services reduced March 14-Sept. 15, 2014 and no services Sept 15, 2014-March 15, 2015. NoRV's allowed. Spring Creek has 13 designated campsites.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0285289,-92.5800835

Buffalo Point campground is open Mar 14-Sept 15, 2014 with the exception of B Loop which is open year round. See our Buffalo Point page for campground details.


Rush campground is located about 5 miles off of Highway 14 between Yellville and Buffalo Point. The road is paved until you enter the park, then becomes graded gravel. The campground is accessed across Rush creek and may not be accessible during periods of high water. Sites at the campground include a table and fire ring. Rush campground is open all year and no fees are charged. Vault toilet open with reduced servicing March 14-Sept. 15, 2014. Rush has 12 campsites. No RV's allowed, tent camping only.
GPS Coordinates: 36.1228757,-92.5507485


No trash services are provided at Rush or Spring Creek. "Give Us a Hand" and pack out what you pack in.

Did You Know?

Two bull elk in pasture at Buffalo National River.

Did you know that over 400 Rocky Mountain elk live in and around Buffalo National River? In the early 1980s elk were relocated to the Buffalo River region to replace an eastern elk subspecies that was extirpated in the 1800s.