• Canoeing on the Buffalo


    National River Arkansas

Ranger Guided Activities

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Attending a ranger-led interpretive program can increase your understanding and appreciation of Buffalo National River.

During the busy season, Park Rangers lead activities throughout the park free of charge and program schedules are available at the contact stations and visitor center and on bulletin boards around the park.

Throughout the year groups may arrange programs as staffing permits. Please call or email the park if you would like a park ranger to present a program for your group.

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Programs with ** are provided by funding from the National Park Foundation Active Trails grant. Now in its sixth year, The Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks.


Upper District
- Boxley Valley, Ponca, & Pruitt areas

Saturday October 4, 2014
9:30 am
Lost Valley Hike **
Meet at the Lost Valley trailhead for a guided hike along Clark Creek to the waterfall.

Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during October
Open from 10 am until 1 pm
Boxley Grist Mill Tours
Experience a step back in time with self-guided tours of the historic Boxley Grist Mill. The mill is located on Hwy 43 approximately 3.5 miles south of Ponca, AR. The mill is not handicapped accessible. A short walk from the parking area and 4 stair-steps are required to enter the mill. Inside is a level walkway. The mill is visible from the parking area. Water and restrooms are available at the Lost Valley Day Use Area about 1.5 miles south of Ponca on Hwy 43.


Middle District - Tyler Bend area
Call Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502 to register for cave tours. Tours are free, equipment is provided, but participant number is limited so you must sign up prior to tour.

Guided Cave Tours are available again this year. Back O' Beyond and Silver Hill Caves provide the opportunity for visitors to experience a wild cave, see the underground beauty of the Ozarks, learn how caves form and understand their unique ecosystem. All equipment is furnished. A limited number of participants is permitted on each tour to preserve and protect the cave environment. A tour for your group may be arranged.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
9:30 am
Guided Cave Trip ~Back O' Beyond Cave
Join a park Ranger for a guided tour into Back O' Beyond Cave. Come and learn more about how caves form, the animals that live in them, and see the underground beauty of the Ozarks. All equipment will be furnished but you will need to sign-up for this cave adventure in person at the Visitor Center or by calling 870-439-2502 . Tour limit 12 people maximum. Must be 12 years old or older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Tyler Bend Visitor Center to drive to cave access. 3 Hours

Sunday, October 19, 2014
9:30 am and 1:00 pm
Silver Hill Cave Tours
Meet at Tyler Bend Visitor Center to get gear and carpool to trailhead. Participants must be 6 years or older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Each tour limited to 18 participants. All equipment will be furnished but you will need to sign-up for this cave adventure in person at the Visitor Center or by calling 870-439-2502 .


Lower District - Buffalo Point & Rush areas
Check posted schedules or call Buffalo Point Ranger Station at 870-449-4311 for more information.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
3:00-3:30 pm
Throw Bag Program
- Join a Ranger for a discussion and demonstration on throw bags. All participants will have an opportunity to practice using a throw bag. Meet at the Learning Tree by the Upper Contact Station.

Sunday, Oct 5, 2014
9:00-10:00 am
Colors of Water
–Meet at the Floater Parking Area, for a short walk to the picnic area, where we will express our creativity in watercolors. Art supplies provided.

12:00 - 12:30 pm
Safety Relay
- Join a Ranger for a safety discussion related to floating, caving, and hiking opportunities here at Buffalo National River. Following the talk visitors can participate in a safety relay that will mimic three outdoor activities. Meet at the Learning Tree by the Upper Visitor Contact Station.

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