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Things to do here in upper Buffalo River country during your stay!

CANOEING, KAYKING & RAFTING

JB & Cindy Swim HoleFloating the upper Buffalo National River is perhaps the finest adventure in the state of Arkansas.    The scenery is nothing short of magnificent, and there are equally stunning side hikes you can take      to places like Hemmed-In Hollow, which is the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rockies!

If you've not yet reserved your boat(s), we strongly recommend you do so prior to arrival.  Kayaks and rafts in particular book quickly; all boats book in advance for weekends.  To check availability and/or to reserve your boat(s), call us at 870-861-5514. Click here for canoe / kayak / raft rental and vehicle shuttle rates.  [A word about rafting:  a certain water level is required in order for us to launch rafts; ask our office staff about a canoeing option should water level not permit rafting during your stay.]

ZIP LINE ADVENTURE ON OUR BUFFALO RIVER CANOPY TOUR

Zip LineSee Buffalo River country from an entirely different perspective---the treetops!  Our Buffalo River Canopy Tour is Arkansas only wilderness zip line experience.  It's not just a zip line, it's an adventure!  In a nutshell, tours are about 2-2.5 hours in length and for ages 7 and older.  Advance reservations are recommended for weekends and holidays.  Click here to learn more about our Buffalo River Canopy Tour zip line adventure, including the 2016 tour schedule!

EXPLORE THE BUFFALO RIVER'S FINEST HIKING TRAILS


Ernst whitaker point pic fallStretch your legs and take in Arkansas' finest trail scenery on one of the many stellar hiking trails in upper Buffalo River country.  Early spring is a perfect time to explore outdoors with waterfalls turning on and wildflowers beginning to make an appearance.  Visit our Top Hiking Trails page for information about some of the national park's most beloved trail adventures, including trailhead directions and downloadable maps!

HUNGRY?  NEED A PICNIC LUNCH?  BOC DELI TO THE RESCUE!

At our deli, you'll find 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!  

LOVE GREAT MASSAGE?  BOOK AN IN-CABIN SESSION!

We have a wonderful local massage therapist, Chris Cedarburg, who can provide you with in-cabin massage services.  Click here to learn more about in-cabin spa services, then call our office staff to schedule your "aaaaaahhh" time here in Buffalo River country!  

ELK WATCHING

bugling elkPonca elk watching will continue to be reliable until the tree leaves come on---elk love to munch them, plus, shade is very important to an elk with a fur coat!  Click here for helpful tips about elk watching in Ponca.  Then, make sure you've packed those binoculars and camera!



HORSEBACK RIDING

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!  (Rimrock rides year 'round, even in winter!)

BEAUTIFUL CAVE TOURS

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, kayak, and raft rentals and transportation services.