Camping

Buffalo National River maintains numerous campgrounds throughout the park. Links below provide campground maps. A chart of fees and amenities for all park campgounds can be downloaded here.

 

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.

 
Walk in tent sites at SC
View of walk-in tent campsites at Steel Creek.

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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. Campground open year round. The restroom and water system in the tent campground and at the Steel Creek launch will be closed for the winter mid-November to mid-March.The vault toilet in the tent campground will be open but with very limited servicing. Trash pick up provided. No RVs allowed.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0407758, -93.3440483

 

Kyles Landing Campground is about half way between Ponca and Jasper, Arkansas, off of Highway 74. The entrance road into Kyles is gravel and very rough, so a high clearance vehicle is recommended. Campground open year round. Trash pick-up provided. Water system and restroom will be closed mid-November to mid-March. The vault toilet will be open with limited or no servicing. No RVs allowed. No fees charged when water is off.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0557563, -93.2812997

 

Erbie Campground is located 7 miles down a gravel road off of Hwy. 7 north of Jasper, AR. Campground has 14 drive-in campsites and 2 walk-in campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook. The drive-in sites are suitable for RV or tent camping but the campground has no hookups, no running water, and no dump station. There is a vault toilet at the boat launch. This is a pack in/pack out facility with no trash service provided. Five group sites are available. Group sites #1 and #5 are first-come, first served, while sites 2, 3, and 4 can be reserved by calling the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at (870) 439-2502. No fees are charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0734394, -93.2177326

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. This is a pack in/pack out facility with no trash service provided. Use is limited to those with horses only. Campsites allow a maximum of 6 persons and 4 horses per site. No fees charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0800929, -93.2342205

 
Buffalo River swimming hole at Ozark Campground.
Buffalo River swimming hole at Ozark Campground.

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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 31 campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook. Restrooms have flush toilets, but water system will be shut down mid-November to mid-March. Vault toilet will be available throughout the winter. RVs allowed, but the campground has no hookups and no dump station. Trash pick up is provided.
GPS Coordinates:36.0621317,-93.1597244

 

Carver Campground is located near the bridge crossing the Buffalo River along Hwy 123. The campground has 8 campsites, a vault toilet, water, and access to the river. Open year round. This is a pack in/pack out facility with no trash service provided.
GPS Coordinates: 35.98518232 -93.03818673

 
Group site at Tyler Bend Campground
Large group camping sites are available at Tyler Bend Campground.

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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.

Woolum camping area is open year round. Woolum is located 7 miles southwest of St. Joe on paved and gravel roads. Vault toilet will be open with limited or no servicing. No fees charged. Horse camping is permitted. This is a pack in/pack out facility with no trash service provided.
GPS Coordinates:35.9721127, -92.8819327

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.

South Maumee is open for camping all year. South Maumee is located 7 miles off Hwy 27 north of the community of Morning Star on paved and gravel roads. Campground has 5 campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. Vault toilet will be open with limited or no servicing. No trash services will be provided. No fees charged.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0394107, -92.6299021

No fees are charged for any camping area in the Middle District except Tyler Bend.

 
Pavilion at Buffalo Point Campground
One of the pavilions available by reservation at Buffalo Point Campground.

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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 12 designated sites with tables, fire rings, and lantern hooks at each site. The campground has a vault toilet with limited servicing. No water available. No fees charged and camping is open all year. No RVs allowed. Spring Creek has 13 designated campsites.
GPS Coordinates: 36.0285289,-92.5800835

Buffalo Point Campground has over 100 designated sites. 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. Rush has 12 sites at the campground that include a table, fire ring, and lantern hook. Rush Campground is open all year. $12 fee charged from mid-March to mid-November when water system is on. Vault toilet open with limited servicing. No RVs allowed, tent camping only.
GPS Coordinates: 36.1228757,-92.5507485

 

No trash services are provided at Rush or Spring Creek.

 
 

Last updated: March 19, 2017

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