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. Fees charged during season when water is available. No fees charged during winter when water systems are shutdown.
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 restroom and water system in the tent campground will be closed for the winter by October 15, 2014.The vault toilet in the tent campground will be open but with very limited servicing. Water and flush toilets at the Steel Creek launch will remain open through the winter. No trash pick up provided. No RVs allowed.
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 open year round. Water system and restroom will be closed by October 15, 2014. The valut toilet will be open, with limited or no servicing. No RVs allowed. No fees charged when water is off.
Erbie Campground is closed, but river access is open. Water system and restrooms at Erbie launch will be shutdown by September 15, 2014.
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 , no water available, vault toilet with limited or no servicing. Use is limited to those with horses only. Campsites allow a maximum of 6 persons and four horses per site. No fees charged.
Ozark Campground is located 3 miles down a graded gravel road off of Highway 7 north of Jasper, Arkansas. Campground open year round. Campground has 30 campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. Restrooms have flush toilets, but water system will be shutdown by October 15, 2014. Vault toilet will be available throughout the winter. RV's allowed but the campground has no hookups and no dumpstation.
Carver Campground is located near the bridge crossing the Buffalo River along Hwy 123. The campground has 8 campsites, a vault toilet, and access to the river. No fees charged. Open year round.
Middle District (Mt. Hersey to South Maumee)
The middle area of the river includes one developed campground at Tyler Bend. Campground open year round. Fees at Tyler Bend are $16 per night per site with 6 people permitted per site. See the Tyler Bend page for campground details.
Primitive camping at Mt. Hersey is available year round. Vault toilet will be open with limited or no servicing. No trash services will be provided. No fees charged.
Grinders Ferry, Shine Eye, and Gilbert gravel bars are open for camping and vault toilets will be open year round with limited or no servicing. No trash services will be provided. No fees charged.
No fees are charged for any camping area in the Middle District except Tyler Bend.
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 with limited servicing. No water available. No fees charged and camping is open all year. No RV's allowed. Spring Creek has 13 designated campsites.
Buffalo Point campground will close each loop separately this fall. 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. Rush has 12 campsites. No RV's allowed, tent camping only.
No trash services are provided at Rush or Spring Creek.
Did You Know?
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.