Never a dull moment on the Buffalo River!
Lost Valley Trail- Lost Valley is a great way to get all that there is to love about the Natural State in one place. You can expect to see water, waterfalls, a cave, and an ancient bluff shelter used for eons by humans in the area. It is a very easy trail, and is accessible to most hikers of all ages.
Centerpoint Trail- Centerpoint Trail is a solid day hike with access to top rated Goat Bluff, Granny Henderson's Cabin, and the Buffalo National River itself. You can also cross the river and check out Hemmed-In-Hollow. This is a more strenuous hike, be sure to bring water!
Sweden Creek Falls- Sweden Creek Falls is the best little-known waterfall/ easy hiking trail not located off the Buffalo National River park. You are able to choose to hike the top or bottom of the falls. Do both for an unforgettable gorgeous experience. This trail is dog friendly!
Hideout Hollow- A great bluff and waterfall are features on this moderate trail. This is a 2 mile out and back trail.
Balanced Rock Falls- Easy access from the Ponca Low Water Bridge make this falls a fun easy hike. This is a 1.1 mile hike.
Hammerschmidt Falls- An easy hike for all skill levels.
Smith Creek Preserve- Smith Creek Preserve is a Nature Conservancy protected area with one of the important watershed contributors for the Buffalo River. This is a moderate trail, with incredible tumbled boulders and beautiful pools of water. There is a loop trail that makes for a full afternoon. This trail is dog friendly!
Villines Homestead- This is a very easy trail, accessed near the Ponca low water bridge. Be sure to check out this historic log home which was occupied by one of our areas early European families.
There is a reason this was our nation's first National River! Expect to find gorgeous blue green water, soaring limestone bluffs, and great fishing.
Rio Buffalo Outfitters- Rio Buffalo Outfitters are a great choice for canoe and kayak rentals or shuttle service when you bring your own. They are located right in the heart of the Upper Buffalo float area.
Lost Valley Canoe- Lost Valley Canoe has been providing river outfitting for decades. They are a wealth of information and a great choice for any floating needs. Located right in Ponca, they are perfect for your Upper Buffalo float adventure.
Buffalo Outdoor Center- BOC has literally everything you might want for any of your Buffalo River area adventures! From zip lines, to mountain biking and river activities, these guys are your go-to.
Ponca Low Water Bridge- The low water bridge near Ponca is a local favorite for a quick cool dip in the water, fishing, or as an access to trails and canoeing the Buffalo River.
Steel Creek River Access- Steel Creek is known for its incredible sweeping bluffs, lovely river pools, and awesome hiking trails.
Pruitt River Access- Easy access from Highway 7 make this a great place to play in the river.
Glory Hole Waterfall Trail- Check out this iconic water carved feature at the end of this moderate trail. Definitely worth the extra drive!
First, keep in mind that this is a rural area with sometimes unexpected distances between town and the cabins. Please plan accordingly.
Low Gap Cafe- Delicious Italian and comfort food options in an unassuming location right in the heart of the Buffalo River area. Nick and Marie will take great care of you. Newton County is dry, but you can take a bottle of wine along with you.
JJ's Bar and Grill- JJ's has all your favorite bar and grill offerings. Enjoy a beer on the covered patio while enjoying burgers and delicious battered fries. *Be sure to mention you are staying with OZK Cabins for a great discount!
Ozark Cafe- Ozark Cafe has been serving great food on the historic Jasper square for generations. Enjoy the down home generous portions.
Pour House- The Pour House is one of my favorite coffee and wine bars. Enjoy the comfy seating when working or relaxing on the Harrison Square.
Daisy Queen- Daisy Queen is the stop for all your favorite diner fare. Great burgers and comfort food. Oh, and don't forget the ice cream! *Be sure to mention you are staying with OZK Cabins for a sweet discount!