Buffalo Outdoor Center

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Ozark TrilliumWhile wildflowers can be found in bloom three seasons of the year in the Ponca Wilderness, some of our favorites appear within the first weeks of spring.  Watch for their cheery faces along creeks and in waterfall areas especially.


buffalo river canoeingMarch through June is canoe season on the upper Buffalo National River and your chance to experience Arkansas' finest canoeing scenery!

If you're coming on a weekend, you'll want to reserve your canoes / kayaks / rafts in advance as most Saturdays and even Sundays are usually fully booked.  If you're float trip plans are for a weekday, then you can simply walk in our store before Noon and rent your boat(s).

Kayaking is a great way for novice paddler's to enjoy a day on the river.  Kayaks are available in limited numbers, so be sure you book yours in advance, even if you are coming on a weekday.

Rafting is possible whenever the upper Buffalo River's water level permits.  The river has to be on the high side, however, for rafting to be possible.

Click here to learn more about our one-day float trips on America's first national river!


zip line buffalo riverExperience upper Buffalo River country in the lush treetops of the Ozark Mountains!  Our 2.5 hour canopy tour is Arkansas' premiere wilderness zip line adventure---there's nothing else like it in the state, or even in surrounding states!  Reservations are not required, however, they are suggested for Saturdays and holiday weekends such as Memorial Day.  Click here to learn more about zip line fun at BOC!


Love spa services when you get away?  We do, too, which is why we've created a special little place at BOC called Riverstone Spa.  It's the litte spa with the big difference, featuring massage services that include perks like hot stones and premium essential oil aromatherapy  You'll love our luxe, comfy massage table and flannel linens, not to mention our wonderfully cushy face cradle---no hard pressure on those sinus areas!  Plus, your licensed massage therapist is someone we've carefully screened for skill and personality.  All together, it's a wonderful new way to relax in Buffalo River country, as well as one of Arkansas' best spa secrets!  Ask our office staff (870-861-5514) for assistance with booking a service.  To learn about our current spa services, click here!


Hemmed In Hollow waterfallStretch your legs and take in Arkansas' finest trail scenery on one of the many stellar hiking trails in upper Buffalo River country. Spring is one of our favorite seasons for hiking:  wildflowers are blooming, waterfalls are oftentimes running and daytime temps are typically just right.  Visit our Top Hiking Trails page for information about some of the upper national park's most beloved trail adventures, including trailhead directions and downloadable maps!


You asked for it, we listened!  BOC is now home to hearty handcrafted sandwiches made from all-natural meats, quality cheeses and veggies and super delicious, locally baked Neighbor's Mill breads.  Going on a river picnic, float trip or hike?  Let us make lunch planning easy with sandwich meals that will satisfy any adventurous appetite.  Click here for our menu of deli creations!  


Rimrock Cove Ranch

Saddle up, pardner, as the friendly folks at Rimrock Cove Ranch are ready to take you on a leisurely trail ride through their heavenly piece of Ozark Mountain countryside.  Just give them a call at 870-553-2556 to book great fun with a 4-legged friend on a pretty trail during your trip to Buffalo River country!


Mystic CavernsExplore underground wonders at Mystic Caverns, where the folks are nice and the below-the-surface scenery is gorgeous.  This is a terrific family activity, as well as one ideal for a hot mid-day adventure thanks to the caves' pleasing, cooler temperatures.  Mystic Caverns is located just 30 minutes from Ponca on Hwy 7 between Jasper and Harrison.  (Please note that Mystic Caverns is closed on Sundays and certain times during the winter.  Visit their website at the link above for current hours.)


Buffalo Outdoor Center is authorized within Buffalo National River to provide canoe rentals and transportation services.

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