Lost Valley to reopen April 18

(from media release) After much anticipation among wildflower enthusiasts, waterfall hunters, and hikers this spring, the new and improved Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River will reopen on Thursday, April 18. Lost Valley closed in early December so that contractors could begin a major improvement project to mitigate flood potential and address visitor safety and area accessibility. … [Read more...]

Final Tyler Bend Trails Plan Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Released

Bad news for those hoping for mountain bike trails in this area but good news for the trails in general. Enhanced trail sustainability is a good thing. (from media release) Improvements are coming to make parts of River View Trail more accessible  HARRISON, ARK – Buffalo National River is continuing to improve visitor experiences in the Tyler Bend area. In 2018 the National Park … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Resumes Regular Operations

You probably knew but it's nice to see the official word. (from media release) With the enactment of a continuing resolution on Friday night, the staff at Buffalo National River resumed regular park operations over the weekend. Please visit www.nps.gov/BUFF for updated information about the park, including scheduled programs and accessibility. As a reminder, Lost Valley is closed until further … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Responsibly Visiting Parks During the Shutdown | Leave No Trace

As a reminder, during the federal shutdown, Arkansas State Parks, Regional Parks, City Parks, and other non-federal parks continue with business as usual. We encourage you to visit these public lands for now. If you must go to places like the Buffalo National River, please review and abide by Leave No Trace ethics during your visit. Here are 5 things that will help you have a minimal impact on … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

(from media release) During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, the river, overlooks, trails and open-air exhibits at Buffalo National River, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. Visitors … [Read more...]

Lost Valley Area Closing for Improvements – Update

UPDATE! Lost Valley Area Improvement Project Delayed Ponca, AR – Due to weather delays, the Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River is expected to remain closed until early April to allow contractors to complete the site improvement project. The National Park Service (NPS) closed the Lost Valley Road and day-use area in December to relocate a portion of the Lost Valley Road, parking area, … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Seeks Campground Hosts for 2019 Season

(from media release) Buffalo National River is now accepting applications for volunteer campground hosts at five National Park Service-administered campgrounds—Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, Ozark, Tyler Bend, and Buffalo Point. Campground hosts assist National Park Service personnel in welcoming visitors, providing park information, ensuring camper registration and payment of fees, promoting the … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Projects Ready for Public Review

Two projects are ready for public input. Public engagement is critical to the process of the decision-making and we recognize the diversity of opinion and interest represented by our visitors and stakeholders. There are multiple ways to comment on both projects. On Monday, October 22nd from 5:30 to 7 pm, there will be an open house at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center to learn and comment on … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River – A family adventure. | Jackson Kayaks

(A wonderful article from Jackson Kayak. Although this trip was enjoyed in June, this is one of those really cool years that people can float much of the Buffalo National River in August.) ...It’s been a month of hanging out with family building memories on one of my favorite rivers, The Buffalo National River in Arkansas.  The Ozarks are an awesome place to visit.  We’ve made it a family … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Proposes Camping Fee Increase

(From media release) Buffalo National River maintains numerous campgrounds throughout the park. They range from primitive with just vault toilets, no water, and no designated sites to developed areas with electric and water hookups for RV camping. The park last raised camping fees in 2013 and will hold a public comment period about possible camping fee increases in 2019. The park … [Read more...]