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Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River

About

National Park Service

Buffalo National River

Overview

Campers will delight in the picturesque river views at Tyler Bend. Located 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Marshall, Arkansas, Tyler Bend is set on a quiet, peaceful section of the great Buffalo National River. Known as the middle river region, the campground offers tranquil views of the river beside pastures.

Recreation

Small-mouth bass, catfish and sunfish are the most popular fish to catch on the Buffalo River, but visitors should be aware that an Arkansas fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the river. The middle river location also allows for extended seasons for kayaking and tubing. If there's enough rain, the sports can go through mid- to late summer. Get a dose of history by hiking to the Collier Homestead, a restored Ozark dwelling from the 1930's. The homestead remembers one of the homes built by settlers in response to the Homestead Act of 1862.

Facilities

Small-mouth bass, catfish and sunfish are the most popular fish to catch on the Buffalo River, but visitors should be aware that an Arkansas fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the river. The middle river location also allows for extended seasons for kayaking and tubing. If there's enough rain, the sports can go through mid- to late summer. Get a dose of history by hiking to the Collier Homestead, a restored Ozark dwelling from the 1930's. The homestead remembers one of the homes built by settlers in response to the Homestead Act of 1862.

Natural Features

The Buffalo National River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile (217 km) length. One of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, the Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River.

Nearby Attractions

The Buffalo River Trail is accessible from the Collier trailhead parking area. This trail joins the Ozark Highlands Trail at Woolum, 14 miles (22.5 km) upstream from Tyler Bend.

Charges & Cancellations

Rules and Reservation Policies__

Fee Info

Fees for the walk-in sites and drive-in sites (non-electric) are $20 a night for up to 6 people per site. Fees for the Group Tent Only Area (non-electric) are $50 a night for 10 to 25 people per group site.

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Location

Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River is located in Arkansas

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Springfield, Missouri take U.S. Highway 65 south for 109 miles (175 km); then turn right at Ranger Road (follow signs) and drive another 2 miles (3.2 km) to visitor center and campground. From Little Rock, Arkansas take Interstate 40 West for 34 miles (55 km), then exit "U.S. 65/Skyline Drive." From here continue on U.S. Highway 65 north for 74 miles (119 km) and turn left at Ranger Road (follow signs) to the visitor center and campground.

Address

TYLER BEND VISITOR CENTER 170 RANGER ROAD
St. joe, AR 72675

Coordinates

35.9866667 N
92.7638889 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Equestrian

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Big Rig Friendly

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5 Reviews

Lucy P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2024

Fine but not amazing

Pretty basic campground, kind of just a bunch of spots in a field. About half are first come first serve, was there during the week and it was pretty empty. Not great for big rigs, a lot of the sites are too small.

The river is gorgeous, I was sad it was too cold to swim! Only one bathhouse in the car camping area so it’s gets pretty busy. Excellent cell service.

We had a nice time but weren’t particularly wowed, our only issues were lack of hookups, bad weather, and some people who decided to crowd us and run a loud generator despite the campground being mostly empty.

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Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by Lucy P., April 11, 2024
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by Lucy P., April 11, 2024
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Steve S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2022

nice

Beautiful park, very well maintained. Great for swimming in the cold Buffalo River. Lots of wildlife including elk. Great bathrooms but no hook-ups for our rv and most sites are first come, first serve.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by Steve S., October 23, 2022
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by Steve S., October 23, 2022
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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2022

Nice but LOUD

The close proximity to US 65 Highway detracts from what is otherwise a beautiful campground. Truckers seem to favor Jake brakes when descending into the river Valley…especially at 4:00 am. Campsites have pullouts and tent pads. Bathroom and showers need some upgrading of walls and fixtures but worked well. Water but no hookups.

Site27
Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by Marty , March 29, 2022
gebriell S.
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2021

Great

The pictures of the river are from a different buffalo river access point Easy access to bathroom, drinking water and river from this spot.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by gebriell S., August 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River by gebriell S., August 3, 2021
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Steve S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2021

beautiful

Great place to swim we go a couple times a year nice quiet and well kept love the picnic area right above the river try it you won't be disappointed

Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Tyler Bend Campground — Buffalo National River?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is unknown.

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