You Are Responsible For Your Own Safety!
Buffalo National River encompasses over 94,000 acres. Travel in the backcountry areas and floating the river have inherent risks. Hikers and floaters assume complete responsibility for their own safety. Be aware of your surroundings. If you have an accident, it will take time for help to reach you. Remember that cell phone service is spotty in most areas of the park.
Rescue is not a certainty. Your safety depends on your own good judgement, adequate preparation, and constant attention. Proper equipment and the knowledge of how to use it are essential for a safe trip. Keep your group together, especially children. The park is not responsible for monitoring your whereabouts, but you may call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502 to give them your trip itinerary. Let someone at home know where you are going and when you expect to return. A concerned party may call the park's 24-hour dispatch center at 1-888-692-1162 to report an overdue hiker or floater.
Visit the park's Leave No Trace and Preventative Search and Rescue pages for more information and tips for planning a safe outing at Buffalo National River. Also, visit the park's Life Jacket Loaner page and learn how you can borrow a life jacket during your next trip to the river.