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Buffalo Point Campground is a popular camping area located along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. The National River itself was the first to be designated a national river in the United States, creating ample opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Ozarks.


The campground is situated in the Lower District of Buffalo National River, near the town of Yellville. It offers breathtaking views of the river and surrounding bluffs.

Camping Facilities

Buffalo Point Campground boasts a variety of campsite options including:

  • Tent sites: Basic sites with space for a tent, typically including a fire ring and picnic table.
  • RV sites: Spots with various hookups for recreational vehicles.
  • Group sites: Larger areas designed for groups traveling together.
  • Cabins: Some more permanent structures may be available for those looking for a more robust shelter.


The campground generally provides:

  • Restrooms: Equipped with flushing toilets and sometimes showers.
  • Drinking Water: Stations or spigots for potable water.
  • Ranger Station: An information center where you can find maps, permits, and local information.
  • Picnic Areas: With tables and sometimes grills.


  • Canoeing and Kayaking: The Buffalo River is known for its excellent paddling conditions.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing for smallmouth bass and other local species.
  • Hiking: There are multiple trails in the vicinity, such as the Indian Rockhouse Trail.
  • Swimming: The river provides spots ideal for swimming during the warmer months.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk which can often be seen in the Boxley Valley.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Some campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service.
  • Fees: There are nightly fees for camping which vary based on the site and amenities. Check the current rates and availability online or by contacting the reservation service or the park directly.

Seasons and Climate

  • Best Months: The campground is most popular during the spring and fall due to the milder weather conditions.
  • Summer: It can get quite hot and there's potential for severe weather, including flooding.
  • Winter: Some parts of the campground may be closed due to cold temperatures and lower visitation.

Rules and Regulations

  • Firewood: Transporting firewood across state lines can spread invasive species, so it is advisable to purchase it locally.
  • Wildlife: Feeding wildlife is prohibited, and all food should be stored securely to avoid attracting animals to campsites.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.


Some facilities and sites are designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities, but contact the park directly for detailed information about the accessibility of specific sites and amenities.

Contact Information

For specific questions and up-to-date information, you can contact the Buffalo National River Visitor Center or check the National Park Service website dedicated to Buffalo National River.

Note: The details provided above are subject to change. Always verify current conditions, regulations, and fees with the campground before planning your trip.

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