Buffalo National River

Buffalo River is America's first National River and one of the last un-dammed rivers in the United States. The National River boasts many outdoor activities including canoeing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. In addition to camping, small groups can rent either rustic or modern cabins for their enjoyment. World-class wildlife viewing is also possible along the Buffalo River, including trumpeter swans and elk.

Not only does the Buffalo National River excel for outdoor recreation, but cultural resources abound as well. Interpretive opportunities include historic buildings, sites, and even several historic districts highlighting past farming and mining communities. The Park Service, in conjunction with the State Highway and Transportation Department, Game and Fish Commission, National Wild Turkey Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, plans to restore habitat and reintroduce native species.

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Judge’s Ruling a Victory for Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River.The end of 2014 brought a legal victory so significant for the Buffalo National River watershed in Arkansas that the nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice called it “a rare win against industrial agriculture and federal malfeasance.” Congress established the Buffalo National River in 1972 as America’s first national river. Over a million people visit this […]

State of Arkansas Wastes Taxpayer Money in Flawed Water Monitoring Study

Buffalo-River-Hography-iStockThe fight to protect the Buffalo National River from an industrial hog farm continues to twist and turn, much like the river itself. C&H Hog Farms opened in 2013 on the banks of Big Creek, a major tributary of the Buffalo, and the state approved the facility without adequate public notice or official public comment […]

Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America’s First National River

Buffalo National River.The following post is reprinted from National Parks Traveler. These stories are part of the new Essential Guide for Paddling the Parks, the first paddling guide to the National Park System that helps you decide which river, lake, or ocean to paddle, how to select an outfitter if necessary, and where to find epic paddling adventures […]








December 13, 2014

I've lived near the Buffalo River for over 20 yrs and that's where we go to swim and fish... Please help stop this Hogwash tragedy from happening.


December 7, 2013

We need to stop this before it becomes an epidemic for our water table, people, and overall environment. These CAFOs will come in droves and even one is too much.


November 19, 2013

I spent many summers enjoying the magic of the Buffalo River and I would hate to think that this could be compromised for future generations when there are other locations more suitable for the Cargill farms.


November 17, 2013

The Buffalo River is definitely not an appropriate location nor are these swine CAFOs appropriate technology any where. Not in the Buffalo River Watershed. Not in any watersheds. In 2008 the Pew foundation finished an intensive two year study stating that while the intent of industrialized farming operations such as these large swine CAFOs was not to pollute the air and waters, among other undesirable affects, that the consequences of these operations are serious enough to call a moratorium on the building of any more such operations until further studies could be done. See http://www.ncifap.org/


November 16, 2013

This proposed hog farm is a travesty: a serious threat to the Buffalo River and the children who attend nearby schools. Please save our river!


November 14, 2013

My first introduction to BNR was Fall of '69 at Bluff area below Ponca low water bridge where we camped overnite before floating to Kyles the next day. That experience led to a lifelong love affair & many subsequent floats & hikes in & along the grand old River. Most of us have been lulled into false security that the River & surrounding Parkland was bulletproof from outside influences, but boy was that wrongheaded thinking--now we have a fight on our hands and Cargill, you have kicked the proverbial "sleeping dog" and it's a Pit-Germ Shepherd-CUJO mix & it's pissed. Of all the farmland in the state of Ark, you have unwisely picked on hallowed ground & the fight has just begun. AWAKEN BNR LOVERS! Unite & join forces to show your grit in this war of corporate greed vs what's right. & pure in this country!

A. Marie

November 14, 2013

Keep the Buffalo pristine. We cannot go back, but we can keep it from getting more polluted. Twenty years ago North Carolina started with ONE hog factory; now, it has 25,000. Tourism is way down, the waters are full of dead fish, the stench is awful, and the HOG FACTORY OWNERS lie about the run-off and its poisonous effect. North Carolina, after the fact, put restrictions on their HOG FACTORIES, so the POLLUTERS are moving to Arkansas. We had better learn from North Carolina's lesson or we will be no longer "The Natural State".


November 14, 2013

Many people find solace, peace and spiritual insights when they float the Buffalo. As the Cree saying goes: After we kill all the wildlife, destroy the trees, and poison the waters, we will finally realize WE CAN'T EAT MONEY! The Buffalo is sacred. Please, please NO MORE HOG FACTORY FARMS. Save this beautiful waterway.


November 14, 2013

Must stop the threat!

Buffalo Floater

November 14, 2013

Confused over Edd's comment. The 'rumor' you refer to is 1) crazy, could not be implemented, why even bring up such silly things, and 2) its not relevant to the Hog issue. Focus on important things!


November 14, 2013

I have raised my boys floating the buffalo in all seasons, and have enjoyed its solitude and beauty, I now have a grandson who took his first 3 day float this summer, I would like for him to enjoy many more floats and enjoy the same beauty his daddy did, without me worrying about him getting sick from its contaminated waters if this hog farm remains.


November 13, 2013

We must stop the destruction of our remaining wild and natural places. This is a National Park for all the people today and for future generations. Such a place should not be put at risk for short term gain.


November 13, 2013

I don't have any personal experience on the Buffalo River but I do support keeping rivers natural and free of pollution. Because of my friend Marty Olsen, I am a enthusiastic friend and supporter of the Buffalo River conservation effort.


November 10, 2013

I have had the pleasure of doing 5 day floats on the Buffalo twice now (Fall 2004/2010). Both times our group hardly saw anyone on the river and enjoyed the solitude and beauty. I agree with the above comments. Anyone should be able to enjoy this park whenever they choose. Please do not impose restrictions or guidelines on this wild and beautiful place.

Pony Driver

November 9, 2013

I think the Federal government and agribusinesses are equal in ruining things for American citizens. Both have their own agenda. Which is worse??????


November 9, 2013

I have vacationed in the Buffalo national River for over 20 years. I have backpacked in its wildernesses, floated the River, spent time observing wildlife, and visited the local communities. It is our family's favorite vacation area! I would encourage everyone to help the organizations fighting to save the Buffalo from industrial hog farms. I value all of our national parks and I love the Buffalo National River!


March 26, 2013

I agree with EDD it would be terrible to have to schedule in advance float trip to the Buffalo - please please do not do this to us -


March 11, 2013

I live in Fayetteville and have been canoeing the Buffalo since 1969. We hear rumors about NPS making individual boat owner having to register our float trips weeks, months or even years in advance. PLEASE don't do that!!! That would ruin the river we love to float when the time, weather and water allows. We know it is about money and limiting the number of floaters on the river. How about a yearly fee or tag for our individual boats? That away we pay for the rights to float but we can float when the water,time and weather is right. Help save our river for the locals that have love and used it all our lives, Please!!!!

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