"Buffalo National River" Buffalo River National Park by Stephen-KarenConn

The National Park Service of the United States oversees a very diverse collection of sites throughout the country. There are National Parks, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Seashores, National Recreation Areas, National Battlefields and much more. The Buffalo River in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas is the first in the country to be designated a National River.

As a National River the Buffalo becomes a kind of 135-mile-long linear Park. Most of this very scenic and pristine free-flowing river is many miles from any road or human habitation. A few points along the the river are easily accessible, and contain historic sites, picnic shelters and camping areas. The stream itself is a magnet for canoeists, rafters, fishermen, and nature lovers of all types.

The Buffalo became a National River in 1972, on the centennial of the establishment of Yellowstone as our nation's first National Park. In so doing, the little-known river escaped years of proposed damming. Today, the Buffalo National River flows unhindered through 95,700 acres of rugged and remote wilderness. Along it's banks are more than more than 100 miles of hiking trails and 14 designated campgrounds containing more than 200 sites. With its clear cool sparkling waters, towering sandstone bluffs, and abundant wildlife, the Buffalo is no no doubt one of America's finest free-flowing rivers.

  • Last visit to Buffalo River National Park: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oct 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    I spent my summers here with my Uncle Sod Collier and his daughter Lydia Grinder. I remember this place so well ! Thanks for keeping his memory alive. Denise Martin

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    Aug 30, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    Learn something new every time I visit your pages, Stephen. A River National Park...and a beauty it is. The Collier Homestead information was excellent as were the photographs of it and the area..Hope this promotes visits to Arkansas.

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    Mar 5, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks for showing us this beautiful area - very good info and beautiful pictures! Canoening the Buffalo National River sounds interesting.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2006 at 9:02 PM

    an interesting page and great pics ! Merry Christmas and a happy new Year !

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2006 at 1:36 PM

    We have not been to this part of the USA! My husband's great-grandfather is buried in Wye, in Pulaski Co. so we have genealogy work to do here. Very nice pics. Marcia

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    Nov 27, 2006 at 10:35 AM

    Wonderful photos...can't wait to read the tips! Thank you for the birthday wishes...my birthday trip to Rausch Creek is being built now!

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