The Buffalo River
Posted on March 27th, 2011
A little more than an hour south of Branson lays the first designated National River in the US. The crystal clear waters of the Buffalo National River flows past towering limestone bluffs, through forested hills and mountain cliffs, to its concurrence 150 miles downstream with the White river. The upper Buffalo River wilderness is some of the most remote, rugged and beautiful in the entire Ozark Mountain region. This pristine region is a popular sightseeing, canoeing, camping, fishing, and hiking destination. This dramatic topography includes whitewater rapids, waterfalls, caves, sink holes and numerous scenic views. Popular sites include “Hemmed In Hollow”, the highest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rockies, “Lost Valley”, “Alum Cave Natural Bridge”, Whitaker Point known as “Hawksbill Crag”, and numerous beautiful riverside campgrounds and hiking trails.
There are several areas of historical and cultural interest. One of the most notable of these is the Collier Homestead. There are Native American bluff shelters known as Indian RockHouse as well as pioneer communities like Erbie and Boxley. Scenery is outstanding with each season displaying its own colors and blossoms. Wildlife is abundant in the region including over 400 Rocky Mountain elk.
There is a visitor information center centrally located at Tyler Bend in northern Arkansas.