The Upper Buffalo River Association

Hiking the Upper Buffalo RiverWelcome to the Upper Buffalo River where you can explore the most beautiful parts of the Ozark Mountains! Here in the Boxley and Ponca areas of Northwest Arkansas, you will find the headwaters of the Buffalo National River, the Buffalo National River park, and Ozark National Forest. The Upper Buffalo River Association consists of Upper Buffalo River businesses that offer everything you need to make this the perfect place for your next adventure!

Whether you are alone or in a large group, we’ve got lodging for everyone! There are some great cabin choices, as well as lodges, camps, and hotels for larger groups, and even campgrounds if you prefer. When you get hungry, head to our restaurants page for dining choices, and use the shopping page when you need supplies, gas, or even artwork!

For the outdoor enthusiasts, there is something to do in every season.  The Buffalo River offers challenging kayaking and canoeing in the spring, or a relaxing float in the summer. The Buffalo River National Park is home to numerous caves and hiking trails to explore, with some of the most renowned hikes such as Hemmed-In-Hollow, Lost Valley Park, and picturesque Hawksbill Crag.

The terrain of the upper Buffalo River area provides great mountain biking and ATV trails in Ozark National Forest. Rock climbing enthusiasts can enjoy 40 miles of singletrack surrounding the highest point in the Ozark Mountains. The Buffalo National River park also offers some of the finest horseback riding in the entire US. There are miles and miles of well-groomed trails offering the riding adventure of a lifetime.

The Upper Buffalo River area is also home to the largest and most viewable Arkansas elk herd. Each fall the annual elk rut runs from mid-September to mid-November. During the rut, over a hundred elk pool in Boxley Valley. Lucky visitors may witness dramatic bull elk fights for domination and mating rights. Elk viewing draws photographers and wildlife watchers from many states. Elk viewing in the Upper Buffalo River area is the equal of anywhere in the US.

Upper Buffalo River Association Members

The Upper Buffalo River Association members

1 – Aremores Pine Cone Cabin & Pine Lodge Cabin
2 – Arkansas House Inn, Cabin & Cafe
3 – Autumn Breeze and Summerfield cabins
4 – Beaver Creek Paradise Cabin and Lodge
5 – Cedar Crest Lodge and Cabin
6 – Centerpoint RV Park &Horsecamp
7 – Cliffhouse Inn, Restaurant, Cabins, Gift Shop
8 – Covered Bridge Cabin
9 – Foggy Hollow Cabin
10 – Jasper Getaway
11 – Kyle’s Landing Cabin
12 – Leatherwood House
13 – Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
14 – Mountain Springs Cabin
15 – Osage Clayworks
16 – Panther Creek Cabin
18 – Ponca Bible Camp
20 – Primrose Cottage
21 – Rimrock Cove Ranch
22 – Rocky Hills Cabin
23 – Saddleback Lodge
24 – Sugar Booger’s BBQ & Brew
25 – Walnut Grove Cabin
26 – Goldilocks Cabins
27 – Azalea Falls Lodge
28 – Wilderness Rider Buffalo Ranch & Adventure Park

Specials thanks to Marysia Jastrzebski for use of photographs on this website.