Buffalo Outdoor Center

  • Type: Canoeing & Hiking, Log Cabin Rental
  • Region: Buffalo National River | Ponca, Arkansas
  • Season: Year-round

Whitaker Pt. Hike with Buffalo River CenterBuffalo Outdoor Center is the premier outfitter and log cabin resort on the pristine upper Buffalo National River. Hidden in the rugged Ozark Mountains of Ponca, Arkansas, our resort is located in one of America’s most scenic and undiscovered places.

The Buffalo National River, designated as America’s first national river by Congress in 1972, is home to some of the finest canoeing and hiking in mid-America.  Canoe season occurs March through June, while hiking can be enjoyed year-round. Known for its crystal-clear waters flowing through steep mountainous country, the Buffalo teems with tall bluffs, waterfalls, pioneer homesteads, Native American bluff shelters, beautiful wildflowers, and watchable wildlife, including herds of elk and, in winter, a growing number of trumpeter swans. You’ll find the tallest waterfall and the tallest bluff between the Rockies and the Appalachians located here, both easily accessible by hiking trail.
The Buffalo is typically a self-guided Class I float, suitable for just about any paddler, although higher water levels can make it a rollicking Class II adventure for experienced boaters. For your convenience, BOC offers canoe, kayak, and raft rental, as well as vehicle shuttle services. Use our helpful Buffalo National River map to learn more about the river’s access points and scenic highlights. Our map page also offers printable PDFs of the upper river's most popular float trips.

Arkansas Cabin with Buffalo River CenterFor lodging, we have beautiful, handcrafted log cabins, many of them offering secluded, mountain-top views and appointed with romantic amenities like outdoor hot tub decks and indoor Jacuzzis. Families love our cabins, too, especially spacious Riverwind lodge overlooking 30 miles of Buffalo River wilderness. 

Arkansas Zip LineWe’re also the home of Arkansas’ only wilderness zip line adventure---the Buffalo River Canopy Tour! It’s 2.5 hours of action-packed, high-flying excitement that’s great outdoor adventure for ages 7 and older.

If you’ve never experienced the beauty of the Buffalo National River---or our resort---you’ve been missing out on two of America’s best-kept secrets.  Call us at 870-861-5514 or visit our Web site. We look forward to hosting you in the beautiful middle-of-nowhere soon!