Buffalo River

Buffalo River at a Glance
Price: $
River Rapid Class: II-III
Trip in Miles: 132
Trip Duration: 1 to 2 Days
Season: March-June
Raft Types: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft, Inflatable Kayak, Canoe
River Sections: Upper: Boxley to Carver; Middle: Carver to South Maumee; Lower: North Maumee to Buffalo City
Nearby Towns: Boxley, AR; Ponca, AR; Harriet, AR
Gateway City: Ponca, AR
Driving Times: Little Rock, AR: 3 hours

Arkansas's Buffalo River was the country's first national river, is roughly 150 miles long, and includes nearly 95,000 acres of public land along its corridor. Like the Mulberry River and Big Piney Creek, the Buffalo originates in the rugged Boston Mountains division of the Ozarks. Unlike the other two streams, which eventually head south to meet the Arkansas River, the Buffalo goes east where, ultimately, it joins the White River. Along the way it descends nearly 2,000 feet through layers of sandstone, limestone, and chert. One immediately obvious result is bluffs and more bluffs—the highest in all the Ozarks. Other geological wonders are hidden away: springs, caves, waterfalls, natural bridges, and box-like canyons. The 24-mile stretch downstream from Ponca to Pruitt is the star section on the Buffalo, with the ten-mile stretch from Ponca to Kyle’s Landing being ideal for daytripping beginners and families.

Published: 28 Apr 2011 | Last Updated: 15 Jun 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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