Buffalo National River Prepares for 2024 Eclipse

Buffalo National River Prepares for 2024 Eclipse

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A total solar eclipse is set to occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, passing over certain parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. During its journey through the United States, the eclipse will cross the state of Arkansas, covering a significant portion of the Buffalo National River.

The Buffalo National River will experience a total solar eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. The partial eclipse of the sun will begin at approximately 12:34 PM. At around 1:52 PM, the sun will be fully obstructed by the moon, and the totality phase will last for about 3 and a half minutes in peak areas. All phases of the eclipse will conclude by 3:12 PM.

The Buffalo National River expects a significant increase in traffic and visitors in the days before and after the eclipse. If you intend to witness this extraordinary event from the park or any neighboring community, make sure to plan ahead and be fully prepared.

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Some reminders and tips to consider:

  • The Tyler Bend and Dillards Ferry areas will have the most parking and some of the longest totality.
  • Allow extra time for traveling in the area and carpool if possible.
  • Keep all vehicles on maintained roadways or parking lots. Do not park on roads or block lanes of travel.
  • No camping is allowed within a half-mile of any developed area unless it is in a designated campsite.
  • The maximum number of people per individual campsite is six, and for group sites is 25.
  • Saving campsites is prohibited and all campsites must be occupied nightly.
  • Do not leave equipment or other belongings behind and pack out your trash or dispose of trash in proper receptacles.
  • Research the local communities surrounding the park for services, businesses, and activities that will be offered. (check the offerings in Searcy County)
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.

“Buffalo National River is very excited to be within the path of totality during the eclipse,” said Superintendent Angela Boyers. “We welcome all visitors to the park during this exciting time and hope that everyone enjoys the recreational opportunities that America’s First National River has to offer.”

A map depicting the path of totality, shaded in gray, over Buffalo National River in relation to the river outlined in blue and the park boundary outlined in green. Two red stars identify the best parking areas in the park.
A map depicting the path of totality, shaded in gray, over Buffalo National River in relation to the river outlined in blue and the park boundary outlined in green. Two red stars identify the best parking areas in the park.

Thanks to our generous park partners, Buffalo National River Partners, solar-safe viewing glasses will be available at the Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point Contact Stations Starting Saturday, April 6th while supplies last. One solar viewer per visitor.

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For further eclipse information and for more tips on how to have a safe and enjoyable time please visit Buffalo National River’s webpage at www.nps.gov/buff or call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at (870) 439-2502.

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