The unincorporated community of Boxley is more of a place than a town. But it’s one heck of a place.

Boxley is located along the Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway, which is a 35-mile section of Ark. 21 that passes through the Ozark National Forest beginning near Clarksville and ending at the Buffalo National River. Boxley is best known for its location along the Buffalo, the nation’s first national river.

The area is ripe with canoe and kayak outfitters, campsites, hiking trails and cabin rentals. Views in the vicinity include towering limestone bluffs, river rapids, the Boxley Valley Historic District, the Parker Hickman Homestead and the Villines Cabin - all located within the national park.

Boxley Valley is adjacent to Smith Creek Preserve and popular day hikes such as Whitaker Point, Lost Valley, Glory Hole and Steel Creek. The majority of Boxley’s residents are elk roaming the Buffalo National River corridor. Pull-offs along the highway are popular with photographers and tourists stopping to view the elk in the pastures.