Buffalo National Park, Arkansas

Mailing Address:

402 N. Walnut Street

Suite 136

Harrison, AR 72601


(870) 439-2502


Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River. It’s America’s first national river!

What to Do:

Buffalo has a lot to offer to its visitors.

  • Floating
  • Hiking
  • Guided Tours
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • Night Sky Watching


  • Steel Creek Campground is about 3 miles east of Ponca, Arkansas, off of Highway 74. The tent campground has 26 campsites and the horse campground has 14 sites. No RV allowed.
  • Kyles Landing Campground is about halfway between Ponca and Jasper, Arkansas, off of Highway 74. No RV allowed.
  • Erbie Campground is located 7 miles down a gravel road off of Hwy. 7 north of Jasper, AR. The campground has 14 drive-in campsites and 2 walk-in campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook. The drive-in sites are suitable for RV or tent camping but the campground has no hookups, no running water, and no dump station.
  • Erbie Horse Camp is located 7 miles east of Compton and is reached via gravel and dirt roads and is north of the Buffalo River. Open year-round.
  • Ozark Campground is located 3 miles down a graded gravel road off of Highway 7 north of Jasper, Arkansas.
  • Carver Campground is located near the bridge crossing the Buffalo River along Hwy 123.
  • Woolum camping area is open year round. Woolum is located 7 miles southwest of St. Joe on paved and gravel roads.
  • Grinders Ferry, Shine Eye, and Gilbert gravel bars are open for camping and vault toilets will be open year round with limited or no servicing.
  • South Maumee is open for camping all year on a first come, first served basis. South Maumee is located 7 miles off Hwy 27 north of the community of Morning Star on paved and gravel roads.
  • Spring Creek Campground has 12 designated sites with a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern hook at each site.
  • Rush Campground is located about 5 miles off of Highway 14 between Yellville and Buffalo Point. The road is paved until you enter the park, then becomes graded gravel.

Toilets and Shower:

They range from primitive with just vault toilets, no water and no designated sites to developed with electric and water hook-ups for RV camping.

Operating Hours:

Access to Buffalo National River is open all year. Buffalo National River does not charge an entry fee or day use fee.


Buffalo National River does not charge an entry fee or day use fee. There are no fees or permits required for backcountry camping. Camping fees vary for each campsite.

More info here: https://www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm