• Canoeing on the Buffalo

    Buffalo

    National River Arkansas

Hazards

These are some of the common hazards found in the park. Click here for more information you should know when exploring the park's natural landscapes.

 
color photo of 3 green leaflets and hairy rootlets along vine on tree

3 leaflets and hairy vine of poison ivy

NPS

Plants and Animals

Poison Ivy may cause an allergic reaction in some people. It may be found at ground level, as a shrub or a vine climbing a tree. Leaves of Three – Let it be.If you touch any part of a poison ivy plant, wash with soap as soon as possible.

 

Chiggers and Ticks are particularly numerous in the summer, but may be present all year. Stay on trails; avoid walking through thickets or tall grass, and use insect repellant.

 
color photo of head and 1/2 of body of rattlesnake showing alternating bands of light brown and dark brown

Timber Rattlesnake on rock

NPS

Snakes are found throughout the park and some are venomous including the Copperhead, Cottonmouth and Rattlesnake. This is their home and you are the visitor. Please leave all snakes, as well as all other wildlife, alone.

 

Other Wildlife
Feeding wildlife is dangerous to you and the animal. Animals that are fed by people learn to expect it and can become aggressive and bite. Our food is not appropriate for wildlife and can make them sick. Observe wildlife from a safe distance. If an animal's behavior changes because you are there, you are too close to it.

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.