Buffalo National River Boxley to Buffalo City

Ponca, Arkansas

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The Buffalo River begins as a tiny stream in the Boston Mountains on the north side of AR 16 near Fallsville, Arkansas, and flows approximately 140 miles to its confluence with the White River. Its entire length is protected by its own unique legislation, hence its name as the nation’s only “National River.” It is one of the most popular streams in the nation, and during the months of March through October, thousands of canoeists paddle the thrilling, fast water of the upper stretches and the placid pools of the middle and lower Buffalo River. The river is surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring bluffs in the country and by hardwood forests, which obscure the surrounding farmland. This gives the paddler a feeling of remoteness more intense than on most other rivers in the area. The milky green water that is unique to the Ozarks characterizes the Buffalo’s entire length.

Buffalo National River: Boxley to Buffalo City Professional Review and Guide

"The Buffalo River begins as a tiny stream in the Boston Mountains on the north side of AR 16 near Fallsville, Arkansas, and flows approximately 140 miles to its confluence with the White River. Its entire length is protected by its own unique legislation, hence its name as the nation’s only “National River.” It is one of the most popular streams in the nation, and during the months of March through October, thousands of canoeists paddle the thrilling, fast water of the upper stretches and the placid pools of the middle and lower Buffalo River.

The river is surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring bluffs in the country and by hardwood forests, which obscure the surrounding farmland. This gives the paddler a feeling of remoteness more intense than on most other rivers in the area. The milky green water that is unique to the Ozarks characterizes the Buffalo’s entire length."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ponca
Distance: 132.6
Duration: 10 sections from 2.5 to 12 hours
Class: Class I-II
Local Contacts: Henry Koen Experimental Forest, Buffalo River State Wildlife Management Area, Loafers Glory Management Area
Local Maps: USGS Fallsville, Boxley, Osage SW, Ponca, Jasper, Hasty, Mt. Judea, Western Grove, Eula, Snowball, Marshall, Maumee, Cozahome, Rhea Valley, Big Flat, Buffalo City
Driving Directions: Directions to Buffalo National River: Boxley to Buffalo City

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May 2018