Weekend Plans: Buffalo River Bronze Backs | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media

Looks like they are finding out about us. Great article from Kayak Angler Magazine: Stunning limestone bluffs separate the river from the sky. The crystal clear stream is full of wild fish that fight like demons. I feel like I’m in a beer commercial on a high-mountain stream, but I’m fishing the Buffalo National River near St. Joe, Arkansas. Spend the day floating the Buffalo and you’ll … [Read more...]

The Economic Benefits of the Buffalo National River

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,463,304 visitors to Buffalo National River in 2015 spent $62,243,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 969 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $72,009,000. “Buffalo National River welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kevin Cheri. … [Read more...]

Lost Valley Trail Reopens in time for Fall Hiking

A couple of weeks ago we invited our readers to choose their favorite day hikes in the state. Tied for #4 was the Lost Valley Trail, located at the Buffalo National River. At the time, the trail was closed due to water damage which had ruined the trail bed making the path dangerous and causing hikers to venture off the trail damaging local flora. The trail reopened in time for Labor Day weekend. … [Read more...]

An annual Father’s Day tradition on the Buffalo River and NO MOMS ALLOWED!

With Father's Day coming up, it's time for my annual Father's Day tradition.  For the past half decade, this has involved going on a father-child canoe camp out on the Buffalo National River.  There are only two rules for the weekend: 1) Absolutely, positively, NO MOM'S ALLOWED, and 2) You're not allowed to NOT have fun.  The tradition was started by a couple of friends of mine (Nate Siria and … [Read more...]

126 Miles of the Buffalo National River

Some people feel they must travel great distances for adventure. For Laramy Ridley and the Kayak Arkansas crew, there is plenty to be had right here in Arkansas. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for 126 miles on the Buffalo National River is serious adventure, particularly over time in various seasons and changing water levels. In Laramy's words, "I started in the fall of 2014 to SUP the … [Read more...]

This thing’s got EPIC written all over it.

(2015 ride info) In 1972, the Buffalo River became the Buffalo National River, the first National River in the country. Most of the area surrounding the river went under the control of the National Park Service but not all. The Buffalo Headwaters is in a section of the Ozark National Forest just a ridge or two southwest of Whitaker Point. Like most areas associated with the Buffalo National … [Read more...]

How to Spend the Last Day of Summer Vacation

Three things came together this weekend that created a once in a lifetime experience: a float on the upper Buffalo National River....in mid August. First-  for us August is a time to back off the Arkansas Outside push for awhile, time to spend a couple of weekends with the family and catchi up on chores around the house. It's the short rest we need before we dive into the craziness of outdoor … [Read more...]

8th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

The headwaters of the Buffalo River, the country's first National River, lies in western Newton County off highway 16. Trails in the area have been "unofficial" for years, used by local hikers and mountain bikers. Over the years shorter sections have been connected using old ATV trails and forest roads until eventually they grew to over 30 miles. Much of it is rugged with rocky, technical, steep … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 2

If you're coming across this and haven't read part 1 yet then start HERE. It was a pretty restful night, I think the sound of the water in the nearby creek helped. We had decided the night before that this was going to be our hike out day. The original plan was to do some long day hikes and then spend another night but the thought of a strong chance of rain Friday night followed by a cool, wet … [Read more...]