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Tyler Bend

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Tyler Bend - Buffalo National River, Arkansas

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   This view, from up high on a bluff overlooking Historic Collier Home - St Joe, Arkansas Tyler Bend, offers a good idea of what America's first National Wild and Scenic River is all about. Here in northern Arkansas the Buffalo River flows freely through rural farmlands, thick Ozark forests, passed pioneer home-sites and alongside towering limestone cliffs for 135 miles. As one of America's greatest natural resources, the Buffalo River's 95,000 acres is home for a variety of recreational opportunities. Multiple river launch points, more than 100 miles of trails, 13 drive-in campground-recreation areas and three wilderness areas are enough to keep visitors entertained for a lifetime.
   Said to be just more than a river, the parkland is teaming with wildlife. Whether it's over Canoe Outfitters - Buffalo National Scenic River, Ponca, Arkansas a woodland trail or going with the flow in a canoe ... deer, elk, turkey, beaver and mink are frequently sighted. Overhead, 200 species of birds frequent the Buffalo National River during some part of the year. Nearly half of these species live here year round, including great blue herons, belted kingfishers, wood ducks and bald eagles.
   Enjoying nearly 50 years as a national river, the park's Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point have become the favorite camping and recreation areas. Homesteader's cabins, an excellent network of hiking trails and miles of beautiful scenery along the river have made this park in the Ozarks a very special place.

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