Buffalo National River Trails, River and Camping Open:
Park employees will be staffing trailheads and river access points to provide traffic control and social distancing guidance. Staff will be available to direct visitors to other areas of the park should locations become too congested to comply with health guidelines.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
Buffalo National River Superintendent Mark Foust stated, “Throughout this historic time, we have worked hard to align our park response with local, state, and federal agency partners and the ADH. In furtherance of aligning with the Arkansas Governor's phased plan to open up Arkansas, visitors will be able to camp or rent cabins in the park again. As we continue to strive to protect the health of our employees, visitors, and communities, we are very pleased to welcome visitors back for overnight stays in their park. We ask all of our visitors to help us protect each other and enjoy the park while following state health directives and social distancing guidelines from the CDC.”
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, partners, and communities continue to be paramount. At Buffalo National River, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/buff and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
Last updated: September 22, 2020