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Achieving or following through on New Year’s resolutions isn’t always easy. Nearly two-thirds of people give up on their goals for the new year within the first month, and only a dedicated few make it through an entire year. With this in mind, we’ve curated five ways to keep your current resolutions alive and maybe inspire some new ones while spending time right here in Buffalo River Country this year.

Mountain Bikers on the BOC Ponca Downhill MTB Trail

Get Outside

Most New Years’ resolutions involve seeking a healthier lifestyle in one form or another. Being active outdoors has been proven to provide physical and mental health benefits. Buffalo River Country’s miles upon miles of trails, pristine landscape, and endless recreational activities are the perfect way to get outside, engage with nature, and inspire the lifestyle you want. So plan for a bit of vitamin D and some fresh Buffalo River air this year for a healthier and happier you.

Hiker over the Ponca Wilderness

Disconnect From Distractions

We can all agree we spend too much time on our screens these days. The beautiful middle-of-nowhere remoteness of Buffalo River Country can provide an incredible opportunity to disconnect from the constant notifications and the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life. Find solace in the beauty of a bluff line as the Buffalo River flows beside you, sounds of a waterfall on a scenic trail, or the crackle of your fireplace in a BOC cabin. Reset, recharge, and renew away from the distractions.

Couple overlooking the Upper Buffalo Wilderness

Reconnect With Loved Ones

Fostering and strengthing relationships is a popular resolution for many each year. The simple act of planning a getaway with a loved one can show them just how much spending time with them means to you, and the adventures that await will help cultivate a deeper connection. Imagine catching a spectacular sunset with your special someone from one of the many panoramic views around Ponca, maneuvering the upper Buffalo River’s shoals and rapids while floating with a family member, or watching your child stare in awe at the majestic elk found in Boxley Valley. Connect and make memories that will last a lifetime here in Buffalo River Country.

Travelers heading to the Buffalo River

Travel More

Many plan to travel more for their New Years’ resolution, but the reality of cost and available time can make it a challenging goal to maintain; luckily, Buffalo River Country is close to home yet feels worlds away. The area’s diverse landscape, countless adventure possibilities, and unique lodging opportunities can cure your travel bug and offer enough options to keep you coming back time and time again.

Looking out over Ponca from a BOC Cabin

Look Foward

Setting a date for a trip can be a big motivator. Training for that big hike on the Buffalo River Trail or multi-day float on America’s first national river could help set the pace for the entire year. Make your reservations, mark your calendar, and put in for those vacation days. Start planning your Buffalo River adventure by checking out the informative trip planning pages on, calling us directly at 870.861.4414, or sending us an email at

Kayaker on a river
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