Welcome to the Upper Buffalo River...

where you can explore the most beautiful parts of the Ozark Mountains. Here in the Boxley Valley, Ponca, and Jasper areas of Northwest Arkansas, you will find the headwaters of the Buffalo National River, the Buffalo National River park, and Ozark National Forest. It is the perfect place for your next adventure!

Discover all that the Upper Buffalo River has to offer!

Upper Buffalo River Floating

Things To Do

There is something to do in every season at the Upper Buffalo River. Kayaking and canoeing, caves and hiking trails, even mountain biking, ATV trails, and horseback riding!
Upper Buffalo River Lodging

Find Lodging

Whether you need a room, a large or small cabin, a campground or camp, or even a lodge for a large group, you’ve come to the right place. Click to explore our menu of lodging options.

River Levels

Please check river levels prior to your float trip. River conditions are monitored by six gauges along the Buffalo National River. This link will take you to the USGS water level map.

“With peaks half a mile high and wilderness covering tens of thousands of acres, visitors come to cave, mountain bike or paddle between high limestone cliffs on the Buffalo National River.”

USA Today Travel

“The 10-mile float from Ponca to Kyles Landing on the Buffalo River gets my vote as the most scenic in the Ozarks. The way is lined with streaked bluffs, some more than 500 feet high, and many drip with water that sparkles like diamonds . . .”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“This is a float that will always be my all time favorite. It is a float you can take your whole family on. The clear waters, the tall bluffs, the overhanging trees, the different types of wildlife that you see along the way. Every time I float, I learn something new about the river and the area.”

Trip Advisor