Multi Day Trip

Ponca to Pruitt

23.9 Miles
2 Days

Overview

Our most popular multi-day canoeing trip is the Ponca to Pruitt stretch, a 23.9-mile float that takes a minimum of two days to complete. This trip features the best scenery the Buffalo National River has to offer, including majestic Big Bluff and many other beautiful bluffs along the way, plus, towering Hemmed-In Hollow waterfall and the chance to visit or camp at the historic Erbie area.

Important Note:

On high-volume boat launch days (such as Saturdays in May and June), the launch site may be determined based on our ability to provide launch service to a particular access. For example, we would most likely be unable to provide launch service at Pruitt on a busy Saturday wherein we’re launching up river several miles at Steel Creek. We greatly appreciate your understanding of this.

Float beneath beautiful bluffs along the upper Buffalo National River between Ponca and Woolum.

Route

Trip Details

Longer Trip Options

Beginning at Ponca, there are 132 miles of Buffalo National River to explore and many ways to plan a multi-day trip. Take a look at our interactive online Buffalo National River map for mileage and access information or contact us to learn more about your launch and take-out options.

Launch Times

Depending upon the month, launch times may vary somewhat. For example, in March when days are shorter, the latest launch time may be Noon or earlier. In April, May and June, when there’s more daylight to be had, we may launch boats as late as 1:00 PM.

Boat Rentals & Shuttle Rate Times

Contact us to book your canoe(s) and/or kayaks. For weekend rentals, you’ll want to book in advance as we are always 100% booked on Saturdays, oftentimes a month ahead of time.

Additional Info

The NPS has adopted a “zero-tolerance” position on music played on radios, boomboxes and other devices that interfere with the natural, quiet ambience of the designated wilderness area between Steel Creek and Kyle’s Landing accesses. You may, however, enjoy music within the campgrounds. Just remember, please, that many people come to the river for peace and quiet, so play music within earshot of your campfire, rather than your neighbor’s. 😉

two men and a dog building a fire while camping

Buffalo River Camping

Experience Arkansas's finest river camping, whether in a primitive NPS campground or choosing your own spot along America's first national river.

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