Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
An entrance pass is not required to access Buffalo National River.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
There is no entry fee to enter the Buffalo National River area, or to utilize the river for recreational opportunities. There is a fee to stay overnight at many of our campgrounds, which is payable at the self-check-in and registration boards. The Senior (gray) and the Access (blue) "America The Beautiful" passes entitle you to half off your campsite. The Annual (red), Military (purple), and 4th Grade (yellow) passes do not entitle you to this discount.
Buffalo National River does not charge an entry fee or day use fee. There are no fees or permits required for backcountry camping.
Campground fees and amenities are provided on the chart pictured. Please note fees are charged from March 15 - November 14. Water systems are winterized and unavailable from November 15 - March 14. Primitive camping is available at all campgrounds during the winter. The B-Loop at Buffalo Point offers primitive winter camping with a vault restroom and drinking water available. The drive-in loop at Tyler Bend remains open with water and showers during the winter months and the rest of the campground is closed.
To learn more about individual campgrounds please visit the Camping page.
Six person limit per individual campsite. A six stock limit per site at horse campgrounds.
* Erbie group sites 1 & 5 are first come, first served. Group sites 2, 3, & 4 can be reserved by calling the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502, at least 5 days in advance.
** Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point group sites are $50 per night and can be reserved by calling 1-877-444-6777 or through www.recreation.gov. Group sites are limited to 10 - 25 people.
Passes may be purchased at the following locations in Buffalo National River. Please call the location prior to your visit to ensure that it is open and has a supply of passes.
Buffalo Point Ranger Station
Last updated: May 30, 2023