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JASPER — The Buffalo River Elk Festival, originally planned for June 26-27 has been canceled, according to a social media post today from the festival planning committee. The cancellation was in accordance with Arkansas Department of Health guidelines amid the continuing battle to slow the s…

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Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Arkansas Department of Health, Buffalo National River is beginning to resume visitor access for recreational day use of trails and the Buffalo River.  The Nation…

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Buffalo National River has now been closed for one week to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This difficult decision was made in coordination with state and local officials and at the request of our local communities. Many have abided by the closure, but some have continued to a…

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Buffalo National River has now been closed for one week to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This difficult decision was made in coordination with state and local officials and at the request of our local communities. Many have abided by the closure, but some have continued to a…

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Following guidance from the CDC, and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, there are temporary facility closures in place at Buffalo National River. These closures are listed below, and any updates will be post…

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Lauren Brown was crowned as Miss Ozark Highlands 2020 at the 24th scholarship competition held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center in Clarksville. Her talent was a jazz dance to “Proud Mary” and her platform is “B.I.G. Smiles”. She is the 21 year old daughter of James and …

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK—The Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee (BBRAC) will hold its next meeting at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) on June 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the ADEQ Headquarters Commission Room located at 5301 Northshore Drive in…

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Buffalo National River, Ponca, Ark. – For the fourth consecutive year, Buffalo National River will host a free concert by National Park Radio this Saturday, June 15, at Steel Creek Campground. National Park Radio, a modern folk band from Harrison, is widely known for its hopeful, heartfelt l…

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Arkansas Tourism and The University of Arkansas are partnering to launch Arkansas Soul, a new summer media program for minority high school students. On June 16-30, a free two-week residential program will bring 10 students to the Fayetteville campus to participate in interactive college wor…

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At approximately 1:30 p.m. on June 5, 2019, rangers at the Buffalo Point Visitor Center were notified that a man was unresponsive near the Buffalo Point river access in the park’s Lower District.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Buffalo National River will host a free concert by National Park Radio on Saturday, June 15, at Steel Creek Campground. National Park Radio, a modern folk band from Harrison, is widely known for its hopeful, heartfelt lyrics with themes about life, love, and …

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Buffalo National River Partners and Boone County Library will present Dr. Dustin Lynch, Aquatic Biologist, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, "Protecting Arkansas’ Aquatic Heritage”/“Stream Communities of the Ozark Highlands,” Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Boone County Li…

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At approximately 6 p.m. on May 6 notification was received by Buffalo National River dispatch that a swimmer was in distress in the park’s Upper District, at Pruitt.

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After much anticipation among wildflower enthusiasts, waterfall hunters, and hikers this spring, the new and improved Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River will reopen on Thursday, April 18.

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The closure that was in effect from Feb. 27 to March 27, 2019 for the Lower Buffalo Wilderness, Buffalo National River, has now been lifted. The entire area, located in southeast Marion County approximately 7 miles southeast of Flippin, is now open to horse and foot traffic again. Visitors t…

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Buffalo National River Partners (BNRP), a support organization for the Buffalo National River, held a working retreat at Toney Bend Research Center on Saturday, Feb. 23. The purpose of this all-day event was to focus on BNRP’s purpose, vision, and goals. Guy Lord, BNRP membership chair and b…

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PONCA – Due to weather delays, the Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River is expected to remain closed until early April to allow contractors to complete the site improvement project.

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PONCA – Due to weather delays, the Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River is expected to remain closed until early April to allow contractors to complete the site improvement project.

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HARRISON — Buffalo National River offers a variety of camping opportunities along the river and will be increasing fees in several developed campgrounds starting March 15, 2019. The park has not raised fees since 2013 and as a part of the fee proposal the park compared the prices per site an…

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Buffalo National River Partners and Boone County Library will present Suzie Lyles, Rretired BNR Lower District Ranger and Historian, "Living in a Ghost Town," Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 221 West Stephenson Ave., Harrison.

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More than 70 contributors to the Buffalo River Foundation’s Roberts Tract Campaign recently gathered at the trailhead on the South Maumee Road to hike two miles of the Buffalo River Trail (BRT).

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More than 70 contributors to the Buffalo River Foundation’s Roberts Tract Campaign recently gathered at the trailhead on the South Maumee Road to hike two miles of the Buffalo River Trail (BRT).

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Buffalo National River Partners and Boone County Library will present, “Welcome to the Virgin Islands,” with Dr. Caven Clark, retired BNR Chief of Interpretation & Resource Management, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the library in Harrison.

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PONCA – The National Park Service (NPS) will close the Lost Valley Road and day-use area on Monday, December 10, for a 10-week-long improvement project that will relocate a portion of Lost Valley Road, parking area, and trailhead out of the immediate flood zone of Clark Creek. The purpose of…

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Buffalo National River is now accepting applications for volunteer campground hosts at five National Park Service-administered campgrounds—Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, Ozark, Tyler Bend, and Buffalo Point. Campground hosts assist National Park Service personnel in welcoming visitors, providin…

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About 40 people turned out Tuesday evening, Oct. 23, at the Boone County Library in Harrison where the National Park Service made a presentation regarding the Rush Historic District Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment.

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The Buffalo National Park Service along with the Buffalo National River Partners will sponsor a trail cleanup at Mill Creek near the Pruitt canoe launch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 2.

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U.S. Sen. John Boozman visited the Boxley Valley portion of the Buffalo National River Monday afternoon with Buffalo National River Superintendent Mark Foust. The men met at the Ponca Elk Education Center then took a tour of the valley.

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Two projects are ready for public input. Public engagement is critical to the process of the decision-making and we recognize the diversity of opinion and interest represented by our visitors and stakeholders. There are multiple ways to comment on both projects. 

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Spend the day listening to great music, enjoying good food, and learning about the traditions of life in the Ozarks at The Ozark Folklife Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Buffalo National River, Tyler Bend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Buffalo National River Partners and Boone County Library will present Grant Scarsdale, Buffalo National River Photography: “Reflections of Our First National River” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the library in Harrison.

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HARRISON — Buffalo National River maintains numerous campgrounds throughout the park. They range from primitive with just vault toilets, no water and no designated sites to developed areas with electric and water hookups for RV camping. The park last raised camping fees in 2013 and will hold…

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HARRISON — Buffalo National River maintains numerous campgrounds throughout the park. They range from primitive with just vault toilets, no water and no designated sites to developed areas with electric and water hookups for RV camping. The park last raised camping fees in 2013 and will hold…

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Forty junior high and high school students from northern Arkansas participated in science camps hosted by Buffalo National River and North Arkansas College this summer. These camps were organized as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning partnership between t…

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Buffalo Point Campground has started to reopen loops that were closed due to significant storm damage that occurred on July 21. The group sites, Pavilions 1 & 3, three walk-in tent sites, Loops A, B, C, D, and E will open at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 27. Portions of C Loop, the walk-in ten…

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The Buffalo River continues to experience significant algal growth this summer as hot and dry conditions persist. Most algae is harmless, but certain types can make people and pets sick if they swim in or drink water in close proximity to the algae.  This year a species of blue-green algae (…

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The Buffalo River continues to experience significant algal growth this summer as hot and dry conditions persist. Most algae is harmless, but certain types can make people and pets sick if they swim in or drink water in close proximity to the algae.  This year a species of blue-green algae (…

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Buffalo Point Campground has started to reopen loops that were closed due to significant storm damage that occurred on July 21. The group sites, Pavilions 1 & 3, three walk-in tent sites, Loops A, B, C, D, and E will open at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 27. Portions of C Loop, the walk-in ten…

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Buffalo Point Campground remains under an emergency closure due to storm damage that the park sustained on July 21. The Buffalo Point Restaurant and Cabins were open for business as of July 22. All down trees in the vicinity of the restaurant and cabins have been removed and electricity has …

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Visitors to Buffalo National River often asked questions about the quality of the water, including “Is it safe to drink?” and “What’s with all the algae?” The park reminds all visitors to be aware of their surroundings and use best practices on the river, so everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit.