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November 28, 2016
Winter Facilities and Operating Hours
Park Staff at Buffalo National River recently completed winterizing the park’s facilities.

November 07, 2016
BNR Accepting Applications for Guided Services
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations to conduct water based commercial activities at Buffalo National River.

October 08, 2016
Special Olympics Event at Tyler Bend
About 260 participants enjoyed the cool morning activities which included a scavenger hunt, Frisbee golf, bocce ball, and a softball throw, followed by a picnic lunch.

October 04, 2016
Approximately 2,600 visitors joined together at Buffalo National River this weekend for the Ozark Folklife Festival.

September 15, 2016
Road Improvements May Cause Delays on Steel Creek Road
Visitors may experience temporary lane and road closures on Steel Creek Road due to road improvements.

September 15, 2016
Park Donates Computers to Ozark Mountain School District
Buffalo National River recently donated thirty-three used computers (along with monitors) to the Ozark Mountain School District which administers schools at Bruno-Pyatt, St. Joe, and Western Grove.

August 22, 2016
Buffalo National River Invites Everyone to #FindYourPark
The National Park Service (NPS) invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the year. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the NPS is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial.

July 06, 2016
Buffalo National River to Host Biathlon and Trail Run
If you are ready for a challenge then consider participating in the first ever Buffalo National River Biathlon and Trail Run on Sunday, October 16.

June 20, 2016
Picnic in the Park Explore for Health
Families from Yellville and Marshall took advantage of an opportunity to visit the park through a partnership between Young Moms-Healthy Families and Buffalo National River.

June 13, 2016
Drowning on Buffalo National River
Drowning at Buffalo National River

June 05, 2016
National Trails Day Celebrated at Buffalo National River
Park staff kicked off the new Adopt A Trail program, inviting people to select a section of designated hiking or horseback trail and to make a commitment to help care for it.

June 02, 2016
High Honors for Buffalo National River Employees
On May 9, 2016, three employees of Buffalo National River were honored at the 71st Department of the Interior Honor Awards in Washington DC.

June 01, 2016
Celebrate National Trails Day on June 4, 2016
On Saturday, June 4, Buffalo National River and the Ozarks Highlands Trail Association (OHTA) will be partnering to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® !

May 07, 2016
Buffalo National River and Harrison Welcome Center Celebrate National Tourism Week
On Saturday, May 7 Buffalo National River and the Harrison Welcome Center celebrated National Tourism Week at Buffalo Point.

May 06, 2016
Special Events and Special People at Buffalo National River
Buffalo National River has seen some very happy events in the past week.

May 04, 2016
Buffalo National River Celebrates National Park Week
Celebrated each April, National Park Week is an excellent opportunity for visitors to explore amazing places, discover open spaces, and celebrate America’s “best idea” – their national parks!

April 29, 2016
Local Agencies Partner to Celebrate CCC Heritage
On Saturday, May 7, the National Park Service and the Arkansas Welcome Center of Harrison will co-host a CCC Heritage Day at Buffalo Point to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the establishment of CCC Camp # 4733 and the important role that the CCC played in the development of the Arkansas State Parks and the tourism industry.

April 25, 2016
National Park Service Economic Benefits Report for State of Arkansas Released
National Park Tourism in Arkansas Creates $214.9 Million in Economic Benefit. New report shows visitor spending supports 2,788 jobs in Arkansas.

April 21, 2016
National Park Service Economic Benefits Report for Buffalo National River Released
Tourism to Buffalo National River creates $62,243,200 in Economic Benefits. Report shows visitor spending supports 969 jobs in local economy

April 08, 2016
National Park Week Events at Buffalo National River
National Park Week Events at Buffalo National River

March 11, 2016
Visitor Safety During Elk and Deer Sampling for CWD
Park managers want visitors to be aware and take additional precautions due to a sampling project that is underway in the park.

March 09, 2016
Buffalo National River to Replace Wastewater Treatment Plants at Buffalo Point
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to replace two obsolete wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) with state-of-the-art WWTPs at the existing sites at the Buffalo Point visitor area at Buffalo National River (the park).

February 25, 2016
Buffalo National River Receives 2016 Active Trails Grant from the National Park Foundation
Buffalo National River is one of 25 national parks selected to receive a 2016 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation

February 23, 2016
Chronic wasting disease confirmed in one Arkansas
Chronic Wasting Disease found in one elk harvested during October hunt.

January 12, 2016
Buffalo National River Thanks Local Partner Organizations
acknowledge the support the park has received thus far from our partners within the local community.

December 30, 2015
River Closure Lifted as Damage Assessment Continues
Flood receding, damage assessments ongoing.

December 28, 2015
River Closure Due to Flooding Announced
Buffalo National River was closed to river traffic today due to flooding caused by the extended heavy rains over the weekend.

December 22, 2015
Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge
Participants may choose to hike, bike, paddle, walk, run, or roll 100 miles in any of the national parks in Arkansas. Visitors who complete 100 miles of activity will receive a certificate and a commemorative patch to recognize their accomplishment.

October 06, 2015
Prescribed Fires Planned at Buffalo National River
Buffalo National River is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations between October 7 and November 31, 2015.

March 12, 2015
AR National Parks Share Centennial Plans
Representatives of the Arkansas national parks spoke to tourism industry leaders about the upcoming NPS Centennial celebration being planned for 2016.

January 26, 2015
All Buffalo National River fires are contained and controlled; closure lifted
All Buffalo National River fires are contained and controlled; closure lifted

January 23, 2015
Wildfire Threatens Rush Historic District of Buffalo National River
At about 4 pm yesterday (1/22) a new fire was discovered by NPS staff, burning near the Rush Campground (Marion County).

January 21, 2015
Buffalo National River Wildfire Update
The active fire situation in the lower half of Buffalo National River appears to be slowing down at present. All four fires are 100% contained with the smaller ones burned out.

January 20, 2015
Woman Injured when Thrown from Mule
Upper Buffalo River Rangers received a report of a woman with an injury three miles downstream from Steel Creek on the Old River Trail.

January 20, 2015
Buffalo National River Fire Update
There are at least four discrete fires burning in or near Buffalo National River as of 1 pm, Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

January 19, 2015
Lower Buffalo Wilderness Fire Update
With no change in humidity and winds continuing through the night the fire has increased to involve four separate areas, all within the same area of the Lower Buffalo Wilderness. The current (10:30 am) estimate of the areas involved is 185-200 acres.

January 18, 2015
Wildfire reported in Lower Buffalo Wilderness
At approximately 2 pm on Sunday, January 18, 2015, a call was received by Buffalo National River Dispatch reporting a fire in the vicinity of Jackson Ridge in the Lower Buffalo Wilderness, Marion County.

January 08, 2015
2014 Prosperous Year for Park Concessioners
According to park officials, the twelve concessioners who provide canoe rentals and shuttle services along the river saw a 25 percent increase in canoe rentals over 2013.

December 19, 2014
Holiday Closures
The Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point Visitor Centers will be closed on Christmas Day, December 26, and January 1.

December 05, 2014
Deputy Superintendent
Laura A. Miller, former Superintendent of President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site [Hope, AR], has been named Deputy Superintendent of Buffalo National River [Harrison, AR].

December 01, 2014
Nighttime Rescue
Mr. Cameron McLaughlan, 21, of Ozark, Missouri was rock-climbing with a friend in the Hemmed-in-Hollow area of Buffalo National River’s Ponca Wilderness yesterday when he fell approximately 25 feet from near the top of the bluff onto a ledge.

October 10, 2014
Buffalo National River, in conjunction with the Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network, will sponsor a BioBlitz held on October 18, 2014 at the Toney Bend Research Facility near Rush, Arkansas at 9:00 am.

October 06, 2014
Search Successful
Cindy Hawse was located by a National Park Service-led team at approximately 1:35 pm today (Monday, October 6)

October 06, 2014
Search for missing woman in Cecil Cove area
Sometime in the early hours of Sunday, October 5, a young woman disappeared from her campsite in the Cecil Cove area of Buffalo National River.

October 02, 2014
Erbie Campground Open
Buffalo National River is pleased to announce that the Erbie Campground -- located off Hwy 7 between Jasper and Harrison -- has reopened.

October 02, 2014
Applications for Guided Services
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations to conduct water based commercial activities at Buffalo National River.

October 01, 2014
Buffalo National River Accepting Applications for Guided Services
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for Commercial Use Authorizations to conduct water based commercial activities at Buffalo National River.

September 29, 2014
Smoke in the Air
In addition over the next 90 days the National Park Service in Arkansas plans to conduct prescribed fires at Buffalo National River, Pea Ridge National Military Park, and Hot Springs National Park.

September 25, 2014
Fall Tours of Boxley Mill
The National Park Service and Buffalo National River Partners are pleased to announce free self-guided tours of the Boxley Grist Mill at Buffalo National River during each weekend of October .

September 16, 2014
Superintendent for Clinton Birthplace
Tarona Armstrong has been selected as the Superintendent of President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site (NHS) in Hope, Ark.

September 10, 2014
Shooting Incident at Buffalo Point Campground
At approximately 5:15 pm on Monday, September 8, National Park Service and Marion County Sheriff law enforcement responded to a 911 call by park campers reporting gunshots in Loop A of the Buffalo Point Campground located within Buffalo National River.

July 31, 2014
Youth Conservation Corps Impact on Buffalo National River
Twenty Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) participants have been busy most of this summer assisting Buffalo National River staff with numerous projects to help protect and maintain the river and park.

July 18, 2014
Use of Unmanned Aircraft Banned from National Park System.
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has issued a policy memorandum to ensure that the use of unmanned aircraft is addressed by the NPS before a significant level of such use occurs within the National Park System.

July 18, 2014
Buffalo National River Provides Ranger Guided Activities
Buffalo National River received an Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation to provide a variety of activities this summer and fall.

July 18, 2014
Buffalo River Ranger Reaches Out to Area Seniors
One Buffalo River ranger is putting a new spin on “rangering” by reaching out to area seniors.

July 15, 2014
Hiker Falls on Lost Valley Trail
On the evening of July 14th, an 18-year-old Jonesboro man slipped and fell while attempting to cross a rock gap at the top of Eden Falls, off of the Lost Valley trail, at Buffalo National River.

July 01, 2014
Second Annual Stream Ecology Camp
Environmental education staff from Buffalo National River worked with the Ozark Unlimited Resources and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to host the Second Annual Stream Ecology Camp at the Fred Berry Conservation and Education Center in Yellville, Arkansas.

May 27, 2014
Park Restrooms Open
Visitors to Buffalo National River will soon find that almost all of the restrooms previously closed due to budget shortfalls will be opened as soon as possible...

May 09, 2014
Boxley Valley Mill Tours
The National Park Service and Buffalo National River is pleased to announce that the historic Boxley Grist Mill will be open Saturday, May 24th.

May 06, 2014
End of Search for Overdue Hunter
At approximately 4 pm today (Monday) the body of James Wilson Taylor was located upstream of Baker Ford near Rocky Hollow.

May 05, 2014
Search for Missing Searcy County Hunter Continues
Searcy County resident Wilson Taylor left early Friday morning for a turkey hunt along the Buffalo River near Baker Ford but did not return by nightfall and was reported overdue by family members early Saturday morning.

April 10, 2014
Youth Conservation Corps Positions Now Available
Eight Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) positions available.

March 17, 2014
Hypothermic Woman Brought out of the Ponca Wilderness
On Sunday, March 16, Buffalo National River Search and Rescue successfully assisted with the extrication of a 17 year old woman from the Ponca Wilderness.

March 14, 2014
Fire Activity Keeps Federal, State, and Local Agencies Busy
Whether you smell it or see it, the presence of smoke in the air is generally widespread this week as a combination of prescribed and wildfires appear on the Ozark landscape.

February 25, 2014
On July 21, 2013, rangers received a report of the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl at Ozark Campground during the Memorial Day weekend.

February 24, 2014
Correction to 2014 Fishing Regulations on the Buffalo
It has come to the attention of Buffalo River staff that a change in the 2014 Fishing Guidebook, published by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, states that snagging is prohibited on the river per NPS regulation.

February 21, 2014
Buffalo National River Launches Community Partners Program
Earlier this week Buffalo National River launched a Community Partners program that is intended to improve visitor information services and strengthen communications and relationships with local businesses and organizations.

February 11, 2014
Talkin Trash with the National Park Service
The new ‘Give Us a Hand’ policy, which places the onus on park visitors to responsibly manage the waste they bring into the park, is modeled after similar initiatives implemented at George Washington Memorial Parkway and state parks in Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland.

January 10, 2014
Office spaces received water damage last Tuesday (1/7/2014) when an overhead sprinkler system pipe broke.

November 27, 2013
Buffalo National River is pleased to reopen the Steel Creek Campground, including the horsecamp, beginning Friday evening, November 29th.

November 21, 2013
Buffalo National River maintenance reports that the Lost Valley Trail will likely remain closed for another week and a half.

November 14, 2013
Buffalo National River Plan Released
Buffalo National River has released its operational plan of visitor facilities for FY14. Visitors will find some changes next year, such as the absence of trash cans and recycling bins in many localities. The park is asking the public to “Give Us a Hand” and pack out what you pack in.

November 13, 2013
Buffalo National River Campground Fees to Increase on November 15
Buffalo National River is increasing the fee at five developed campgrounds. This is the first fee increase at Buffalo National River in ten years, made necessary by rising operational costs.

November 12, 2013
Long-awaited construction is scheduled to take place next week on the popular Lost Valley hiking trail in Boxley Valley.

November 06, 2013
The National Park Service is soliciting bids for agricultural permits covering thirty-four (34) parcels in portions of Buffalo National River within Newton and Searcy Counties in Arkansas.

October 25, 2013
Tours Offered of Historic 1870s Grist Mill
This weekend, visitors will have an opportunity to tour the mill and learn more about the history of Boxley Valley.

July 17, 2013
No Fire Bans for Buffalo National River at this Time
Although county governments surrounding the Buffalo National River have issued an open outdoor burning ban, the Buffalo National River has no campfire restrictions at this time.

July 15, 2013
Trailwork Opportunity
HIKE! invites participants to learn about trail construction and maintenance with a monthly program located in the Newton County portion of Buffalo National River.

July 15, 2013
Bluff Jumper Injured at Grinders Ferry
A 19-year old man sustained injuries on Saturday, July 13th, after jumping off of a 35 foot bluff at Grinders Ferry.

June 11, 2013
Ponca and Erbie Horsecamp Reopen
Two additional closures have been lifted through volunteerism.

June 03, 2013
Search Ended for Diving Victim
The body of 27 year old Stephen A Carney of Austin TX who had jumped from a high bluff last Friday and never resurfaced was located at about 4 pm (Sunday).

June 02, 2013
Update on Search Efforts for Diving Victim
The search continues for a 28 year-old male subject who failed to surface after diving off a 25-foot-high bluff on the Buffalo River Friday afternoon.

June 01, 2013
Bluff-Diving Fatality and Search on Upper Buffalo River
At approximately 2 pm on Friday, May 31, Newton County 911 was notified by cell phone of an accident that took place just downstream from Erbie on the Buffalo River...

May 10, 2013
After the drought conditions in 2012, floaters are thrilled to see the rise in the river level and the number of canoes and kayaks on the river has picked up dramatically.

March 05, 2013
Buffalo National River Makes Top Ten List
Buffalo National River is one of the top ten under appreciated parks...

February 26, 2013
National Park Tourism in Arkansas Creates $151 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 2,879,494 visitors to national parks in Arkansas spent $151,000,000 in communities surrounding those parks.

February 26, 2013
Buffalo National River Tourism Creates $38,000,000 in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 1,169,802 visitors to Buffalo National River spent $38,232,000 in communities surrounding the park.

January 17, 2013
Lower Wilderness Closure Due to Precribed Fire
Buffalo National River will conduct a controlled burn inside the Lower Buffalo Wilderness area.

January 16, 2013
Buffalo National River Receives 2012 Wastewater Treatment Awards
Buffalo National River received the overall award for 2012 for Small Wastewater Systems

December 21, 2012
Proposed Fee Increase
Buffalo National River is seeking public comment and opinion on its proposal to increase fees at eight developed campgrounds. If approved, the new fee rates would become effective March 15, 2013. This would be the first campground fee increase to be enacted at Buffalo National River since 2003.

November 15, 2012
Buffalo National River Relaxes Winter Closures
A review of park operations has resulted in a revision of the reduction in services decision announced two weeks ago.

November 06, 2012
Emergency Phones Reinstalled
Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce working in partnership with Ritter Communications and the National Park Service is re-installing emergency and courtesy pay phones

October 29, 2012
Buffalo National River Announces Seasonal Reduction in Services
In response to both real and anticipated budget cuts in the National Park Service, Buffalo National River will impose a seasonal reduction of services parkwide.

October 11, 2012
Dogs No Longer Allowed at Lost Valley
The Buffalo National River mangment team has decided to no longer allow dogs on Lost Valley trail.

October 01, 2012
Commercial Use Authorizes Guided Fishing and Sightseeing
Buffalo National River will authorize guided fishing services and guided sightseeing tours through a Commercial Use Authorization

September 06, 2012
Lost Valley Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) has initiated work on an Environmental Assessment (EA) and is seeking public and agency input for the proposed Lost Valley Flood Repairs project.

May 23, 2012
The First National River Celebrates 40th Anniversary
To pay tribute to its historical creation, Buffalo National River celebrated its 40th anniversary with two media days.

September 06, 2011
Buffalo Point Campground Closure
The Buffalo Point Campground will be closed from noon on Sunday, September 11th, until noon on Monday, September 19th, 2011 for road resurfacing.

August 19, 2011
Safety Advisory for Compton-Erbie Road
Vehicular travel on 2.6 miles of Newton County Road 19 between the Hideout Hollow Trailhead and Erbie is not recommended.

June 16, 2011
Lost Valley Reopens
Lost Valley is open again since the 2011 April flood took out the bridge, scoured the trail, and created a number of unsafe areas.

June 10, 2011
YCC Workers Begin Job
The Youth Conservation Corp team, consisting of area students has hit the ground running in its first week of work at Buffalo National River.

May 27, 2011
Art In The Park
Join our Artist in Residence (AIR) at Buffalo Point Ranger Station at 3:00 pm on June 2nd for an introductory discussion...

May 26, 2011
Buffalo Point Annual Fishing Clinic
Attention aspiring anglers and fishermen interested in passing on the proud tradition of fishing in the Ozark waterways.

May 26, 2011
Search Continues for Drowning Victim
Day 2 of victim search

May 25, 2011
Search underway for Newton County Man in Buffalo National River
On Tuesday evening at approximately 7 pm, May 24, 2011, Newton County resident 21 year old David Boyd, disappeared in the Buffalo River while attempting to swim to the other side.

May 23, 2011
Harrison Community Garden Partners with Buffalo National River
The City of Harrison and Buffalo National River have entered into a unique partnership to reuse and recycle horse manure.

May 12, 2011
Flood Recovery - Update May 12
Buffalo National River is continuing to assess and repair flood damage.

May 07, 2011
Buffalo National River Flood Recovery Efforts
May 7 Flood Update

May 06, 2011
Buffalo National River Recovering from Flood
Buffalo National River Recovering from Flood

May 03, 2011
Flood Update - May 3
Flood Update for May 3

May 03, 2011
Buffalo River Backcountry Horsemen thank the Buffalo National River trail crew
Buffalo River Backcountry Horsemen recently hosted a barbeque at the Tyler Bend Pavillion to congratulate and thank the Buffalo National River trail crew

May 02, 2011
Flood Update - May 2
Flood update for Buffalo National River

March 09, 2011
Small Fire Temporarily Closes Sneed Creek Trail
Small fire in the Ponca Wildness caused temporary closure of Sneed Creek trail.

November 18, 2010
Server and CMS Upgrade
Problems with website

November 09, 2010
Fire restrictions for BNR
Due to the extreme dry weather event and in concert with county burn bans, Buffalo National River is issuing restrictions on the use of fires and smoking within the park.

September 01, 2010
Environmental Assessment
Buffalo National River (BNR) has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) and is seeking public comment for the proposed Facilities Improvements project to determine if the project could potentially result in any significant impacts to the natural or human environment.

June 22, 2010
Mill Creek Sewage
Health concerns remain regarding bacteria concentrations in Mill Creek, a tributary of the Buffalo River in Newton County, Arkansas, following a breakdown in a local septic system in January of 2009.

June 01, 2010
Cave Closures
To help stop the spread of the Geomyces sp. fungus suspected to be the causative agent of White Nose Syndrome, most park caves are closed to recreational caving until further notice.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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