Scenic USA - Arkansas

Buffalo River

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Buffalo River at Steel Creek - Ponca, Arkansas

Photos by Ben Prepelka
Scenic USA Artist Website

   America's first national river, and one of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, was established Canoe Outfitters - Buffalo National Scenic River, Ponca, Arkansas in 1977. In northern Arkansas, the Buffalo National River is surrounded by 95,000 acres of parkland. The Buffalo River, originating in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks, weaves its way for 150 miles to join the White River. On its eastward journey, the clear waters drop nearly 2000 feet and create the most scenic river valley in Arkansas.
   Among serious paddlers, River Cliffs - Buffalo National Scenic River, Ponca, Arkansas canoe and rafting trips on the Buffalo are considered legendary. Some sections of the river are smooth enough for a family outing, creating a summer vacation filled with countless memories. With over 30 trails, don't expect to encounter any crowds. Backpackers, traveling the valley floor, can't help to be inspired by the surrounding bluffs, some as high as 440 feet. Although it's a serious hike, the 175 foot falls at Hemmed-In Hollow can put on quite a show with spring rains.
   This Buffalo River scene was found at the Steel Creek access site within the Ponca Wilderness Area. Steel Creek is just one of over a dozen launch areas and access points spread out along the river.

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