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Buffalo National River

National Park Service

All campgrounds except Lost Valley are directly adjacent to the Buffalo River. The 135-mile national river is lined with bluffs as high as 440 feet. Riverside stands of willow, sycamore, river birch and cottonwood blend into the predominately oak-hickory upland forest. The Buffalo offers smallmouth bass, goggle-eye and other game fish along with swimming and canoe trips on this free-flowing river.

Swimming is permitted in the Buffalo River but requires special caution. Diving or jumping into the river from rocks or bluffs is extremely dangerous due to the likelihood of striking submerged rocks. Limestone and sandstone bluffs are crumbly and slippery when wet and should be completely avoided. State licenses required for fishing and hunting. Children under 13 must wear a life jacket.

For information:

Park Superintendent, Ark. 123, Jasper, AR  72641
Phone:
870-365-2700

Buffalo National River Campgrounds (B-4)

  • Campsites:

    31 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    5 miles north of Jasper on Ark. 7, then 2 miles down dirt road.
  • Attractions:

    Swimming and fishing. Scenic bluff. Trailhead for 2-mile (one way) Ozark-Pruitt trail.
  • Facilities:

    Drinking water, fire grates, picnic tables, flush toilets, pavilion, amphitheater (programs in season), river access.

Buffalo Point Recreation Area & Campground (B-5)

  • Campsites:

    83 RV with W/E; 18 Walk-in Tent; 5 Group Tent
  • Location:

    14 miles south of Yellville on Hwy. 14, then 3 miles east on Hwy. 268.
  • Attractions:

    Rugged mountain scenery and nature trails to hidden springs and caves, overlook. Swimming and fishing, naturalist programs in season.
  • Facilities:

    Modern and rustic cabins (Call 870-449-6206), restaurant (May 15-Labor Day), flush toilets, warm showers, water, picnic sites with nearby grills, 3 pavilions (may be reserved for groups), amphitheater (programs in season), river access. User’s fee charged. Electric and water (mid-Mar. to mid-Nov.). Camping reservations: 877-444-6777 or www.Recreation.gov. A reservation fee is charged. Ranger Station/Visitor Center: 870-449-4311.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Carver Recreation Area (B-4)

  • Location:

    10 miles east of Jasper on Hwy. 74, then 2.5 miles north on Hwy. 123 to bridge.
  • Attractions:

    This day-use only campground offers swimming, fishing, and a scenic valley.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilet, drinking water, picnic tables, fire grates, river access. User’s fee charged mid Mar.-mid-Nov.(open year-round).

Erbie Recreation Area & Campground (B-4)

  • Campsites:

    14 RV/Tent with no hookups; 5 Group Tent
  • Location:

    4 miles north of Jasper on Hwy. 7, then 6.5 miles west on dirt road past Henry Koen Experimental Forest.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets; flush toilets and water spigots will be disabled and campers must bring their own water. From October 1, 2014, through mid-March 2015, all camping at Erbie will be first-come, first-served, and no fees will be charged. Beginning mid-March 2015, camping fees will resume and the group sites will be available by reservation through the National Recreation Reservation Service at www.recreation.gov.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Kyles Landing Recreation Area & Campground (B-3)

  • Campsites:

    33 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    5 miles west of Jasper on Hwy. 74, then 3 miles down rough, steep, winding gravel road.
  • Attractions:

    Trailhead for wilderness area hiking, including Hemmed-in-Hollow and Indian Creek.
  • Facilities:

    Drinking water (mid-Mar. to mid-Nov.), flush toilets, fire grates, picnic tables, river access.User's fee charged mid-Mar.-mid-Nov. (Open year-round).
    NOTE: Not recommended for large trailers, buses or RVs due to rough, steep and winding road.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Lost Valley Recreation Area (B-3)

  • Campsites:

    Day Use Only
  • Location:

    15 miles west of Jasper on Hwy. 74, then 1 mile south on Hwy. 43.
  • Attractions:

    2.1 mile round-trip hiking trail to Eden Falls and Cob Cave.
  • Facilities:

    Drinking water (mid-Mar. to mid-Nov.), flush toilets, picnic tables, pavilion (by reservation only) and fire grates. User's fee charged mid-Mar.-mid-Nov. (Open year-round).

Maumee South Recreation Area & Campground (B-5)

  • Campsites:

    Open Camping
  • Location:

    6 miles east of Marshall on Hwy. 27, then 6 miles of paved and dirt road from Morning Star.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilet, river access (open year-round).
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Rush Recreation Area & Campground (B-5)

  • Campsites:

    13 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    11 miles south of Yellville on Hwy. 14, then 4.5 miles on paved and gravel road 6035.
  • Attractions:

    Mining ghost town. Trailhead for wilderness area hiking.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilet, fire grates, drinking water (mid-Mar. to mid-Nov.), river access. User's fee charged mid-Mar.-mid-Nov. (Open year-round).
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Spring Creek Recreation Area & Campground (B-5)

  • Campsites:

    14 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    19 miles south of Yellville; then three miles down dirt road.
  • Attractions:

    Swimming, fishing, hiking.
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilets, fire grates, river access. No user fees. No drinking water.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Steel Creek Recreation Area & Campground (B-3)

  • Campsites:

    26 Tent with no hookups
  • Location:

    13 miles west of Jasper on Hwy. 74, then 2 miles down steep, winding gravel road.
  • Attractions:

    Scenic bluffs. Trailhead for wilderness area hiking, featuring Hemmed-in-Hollow.
  • Facilities:

    Drinking water (mid-Mar. to mid-Nov.), flush toilets, fire grates, picnic tables, river access, 14 equestrian campsites and horse trails. User's fee charged mid Mar.-mid Nov. (Open year-round).
    NOTE: Not recommended for large trailers, buses and RVs due to steep, winding road.
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Tyler Bend Recreation Area & Campground (B-4)

  • Campsites:

    28 RV/Tent with no hookups; 10 Tent; 5 Group
  • Location:

    32 miles south of Harrison on U.S. 65, then 3 miles off U.S. 65 on paved road.
  • Facilities:

    Flush toilets, National Park Visitor's Center, drinking water, warm showers, picnic sites, pavilion (by reservation only), river access, amphitheater (programs in season), hiking trails and horse trails nearby. User's fee charged. Large inventory of National Geographic maps and books for sale at Visitor Center: 870-439-2502.
  • Accessible?:

    Handicap Accessible
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes

Woolum Recreation Area & Campground (B-4)

  • Campsites:

    Open Camping
  • Location:

    17 miles south of Harrison, then 8.5 miles of dirt road from Pindall; or 26 miles south of Harrison and 7 miles from St. Joe.
  • Attractions:

    Swimming, fishing. Trail connection with Ozark Highlands Trail (seasonal).
  • Facilities:

    Vault toilet, river access, equestrian campsites and horse trails. (Open year-round)
  • Pets Accepted:

    Yes