Buffalo National River is Closed

Buffalo National River is Closed to Visitors in an Effort to Slow the Spread of COVID-19:

Northwest Arkansas – Effective immediately, Buffalo National River will be closed to recreational use until further notice. This closure includes the Buffalo River, trails, open spaces, and campgrounds. This emergency closure is for the maintenance of public health and safety and is in direct response to guidance from state and federal health officials.The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, communities, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will lift the closure as soon as possible.

Buffalo National River superintendent Mark Foust said “It breaks my heart to have to close this incredible public park. It is, however, the right thing to do to protect the people that work here, live here, visit here, and love this place. We all have to do what we can to slow and prevent the spread of the virus in and around the park. We believe this will help. I am thankful to the people of Newton, Searcy, Marion, and Baxter Counties, who everyday share the river with us and support visitors from all over the country and the world. I look forward to the time we can all welcome visitors back to the Buffalo, sharing the river and the experiences we all know to be good for our minds and bodies.”

State highways and county roads that run through Buffalo National River will remain accessible to through or residential traffic. Roads that enter and terminate within the park, are closed to all but residential traffic. We will notify the public when we can open the park and will provide updates on our website at www.nps.gov/buff and through social media channels.

The NPS encourages people to visit our website www.nps.gov/buff and take advantage of the many digital tools available to explore Buffalo National River. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

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Field and Stream recognizes Buffalo River

The standout character of my time on the Buffalo National River in the beautiful Ozark region of Arkansas was the smallmouth bass. Even the smallest bass I caught that week were feisty as hell and brilliantly colored. There are many route options for paddlers looking for a multi-day float, with a total of 132 river miles beginning in the town of Ponca. Head there for the fishing, but make sure to enjoy the tall bluffs on this scenic river.

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Fall Foliage in the Buffalo River Region

Read about these great drives – many of which are in the Heart of the Buffalo River

https://www.arkansas.com/articles/best-fall-drives-ozarks
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Year Round Float

Tyler Bend to Gilbert 4-6 Hour Year-Round Float

Tyler Bend Visitor Center and Park is the BEST OF THE BUFFALO
Buffalo River Bluffs along the Way
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Buffalo River Waterfalls / Glory Hole

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Buffalo River Waterfall -Sweden Falls

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Buffalo River Beekeeping

BEEKEEPING 101 
Seminar
Sponsored by: Boone County AR Beekeepers Assoc.

Interested in keeping Honeybees?
Guest Speaker: James Rhein
Beekeepers on site to answer questions
Beehives and Components on display
When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: North Arkansas District Fair Grounds 
1400 Fairgrounds Road, Harrison AR
(1ST EXHIBIT BUILDING)
Event: FREE & Open to the public
Reserve your seat by calling Boone Co. Extension @ 870.741.6168
For more information call Sandra Center @ 870.426.4214 or 870.577.1782 Or email arkansasbeekeeper@yahoo.com Boone County, Arkansas Beekeepers Association

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2019 Camping Fees

Buffalo Point Campground: Sites with water, electric, flush restrooms, and showers will be $30, from $22, per night for up to six people.                                                                               

Steel Creek, Kyle’s Landing, Ozark, Tyler Bend Campground (all sites), $20, from $12 – $16,  a night for up to 6 people.

Steel Creek Horse Camp up to four stock animals are allowed.

  • Buffalo Point Campground walk-in tent sites (with water and flush restrooms, showers at Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point): from $12 and $16 to $20 a night for up to 6 people.               
  • Carver and Rush campgrounds: Primitive sites (with water, without flush restrooms) is $16, it was $12,  a night for up to 6 people.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Buffalo Point and Tyler Bend Group Sites: The fee structure has been revised for group campsites to a flat rate of $50 per group per night (up to 25 people per site), it was $3 per person.
  • Erbie (including 5 group sites), Woolum, South Maumee, and Spring Creek will continue to allow free camping where no amenities are provided.

Pavilions fees will remain:  

  • $25 for the Ozark Pavilion for the day.
  • $50 for the Tyler Bend Pavilion and Buffalo Point Pavilions for the day.

There is a 50 percent discount for campsite fees for Interagency Senior and Access pass cardholders. 

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Buffalo River Trail Extended

More than 70 contributors to the Buffalo River Foundation’s Roberts Tract Campaign recently gathered at the trailhead on the South Maumee Road to hike two miles of the Buffalo River Trail (BRT).

Read More from the Harrison Daily Times – Click Here

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Lost Valley Update

PONCA – The National Park Service will close the Lost Valley Road and day-use area on Monday, Dec. 10, for a 10-week-long improvement project that will relocate a portion of Lost Valley Road, parking area, and trailhead out of the immediate flood zone of Clark Creek. The purpose of this project is to provide safe vehicular access to the Lost Valley Trailhead while minimizing adverse impacts to Clark Creek, the Buffalo River and the surrounding environment.

Lost Valley is a point of interest located at the western end of Buffalo National River near the town of Ponca. It is one of the most popular destinations at Buffalo National River, receiving about 77,000 visitors per year. The Lost Valley area features a heavily used hiking trail, picnic area, amphitheater, pavilion and restrooms.

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