"National River Park" Buffalo River National Park by grandmaR

The National Park Service has gotten creative. Now we not only have National Parks, but also National Parkways (roads), National Seashores, National Historic Parks, and now National Rivers. The Buffalo River is one of the National Rivers.

During the era when the Corps of Engineers was building dams on every river, the Buffalo was protected from a dam-building project at first by being made a state park. The history of the protection effort is a story that is told in the film that is shown at the Visitor's Center at Tyler Bend. The Buffalo River was designated a National River in 1972.

The NPS website says :It begins as a trickle in the Boston Mountains 15 miles above the park boundary. Following what is likely an ancient riverbed, the Buffalo .. travel[s] eastward through the Ozarks and into the White River. The national river has three designated wilderness areas within its boundaries

We had not visited a National River before we visited the Buffalo River, but since this time, we have also visited the New River National River in West Virginia.

  • Last visit to Buffalo River National Park: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    great tips and pics. this river park seems ideal for canoeing expeditions :-) i am glad i visited these pages.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    The park is beautiful and great warning tip. Something to take in account when visiting any park!

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 8:45 AM

    Excellent pages. The Buffalo River is beautiful any time of year - but you're right - it's more fun in summer.

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2006 at 1:27 PM

    Great updating!


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