• Canoeing on the Buffalo


    National River Arkansas

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Picture of yellow labrador retriever with harness indicating working status.

Working service dog.

NPS Photo

Pets are allowed in the park, but must be under physical control at all times. Documented Service animals are an exception to most pet restrictions and are allowed on trails and in public buildings. Service animals must be kept under physical restraint at all times.

* Pets are not allowed in any government buildings, caves or on most park trails.
* Pets are not allowed within designated wilderness areas with the exception of the Ponca Wilderness gravel bars.
* Leashed pets are permitted on gravel bars up to 25' from the water's edge.
* Pets may not be left unattended. Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained dog, causing them to behave unpredictably or bark excessively.
* Pet excrement must be collected by pet owners, and disposed of in trash receptacles.

Two trails within the park have been opened to pets on a trial basis: Mill Creek Trail in the Upper District near Pruitt, and the Forest Pit Trail in the Lower District at Buffalo Point. Maps of each trail are available at the respective Visitor Contact Stations.

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.