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Buffalo River | Ozark Mountains

The Buffalo River…  America’s first national river, flows through 135 miles of pristine wilderness in the Ozarks until it meets the White River.  The Buffalo River is divided in 3 sections and with 22 access points, river canoeing can be fast and exhilarating or slow and relaxing.  Learn more about kayaking and canoeing. Get a river map and start your adventure!

There is more to the Buffalo River National Park than just float the river. From starting points like the places to stay in Eureka Springs or Fayetteville to as far as Little Rock, daytrips into the park allow you to create your own adventure all year long in the Buffalo River National Park Region. Explore River Hiking for detailed trail information and regulations.  Find Places to Stay in the Buffalo National River Region.

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Wooded trail through Lost Valley. Photo by Edward Robison III.


Hiking in the Buffalo National River


Upper District Hikes

The most rugged and most beautiful, the Upper River District is the largest section of the park…

Middle District Hikes

A favorite for spring hikes…

Lower District Hikes

The Lower River District is the most remote area of the park…


Floats on the Buffalo National River

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Upper District Floats


Middle District Floats


Lower District Floats


Support your Park… Plan a visit but Leave No Trace, volunteer or become a member of the Buffalo National River Partners.

The Buffalo National River … one of America’s National Parks. Year-round experiences in America’s wilderness with breathtaking scenery, Mid-America’s tallest waterfalls and a majestic elk herd.