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South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River

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Buffalo National River

Located in northern Arkansas, the Buffalo River flows for 153 uninterrupted miles, from its origin in the Ozarks’ Boston Mountains eastward to its confluence with the White River. In 1972, the Buffalo was designated America’s first National River, and is currently managed jointly by the US Forest Service and the US National Park Service. Over the course of its journey, the Buffalo passes sandstone and limestone bluffs, mixed upland forests, and flows through three wilderness areas: Upper Buffalo, Ponca, and Lower Buffalo. Along the river are more than 12 campgrounds, as well as primitive camp areas, which provide a variety of options for taking advantage of the area’s numerous hiking trails, as well as rafting, paddling and fishing on the river.

Accessible via a 7-mile gravel road from the small town of Morning Star, on Highway 27, South Maumee Campground offers five free, first-come, first-served campsites. Each site is equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and lantern posts. A vault toilet is available, but no trash service, so campers need to pack out all garbage; hookups are not available at this location. The campground is situated on a wide, sandy bend on the Buffalo River, so river access is easy for swimming and fishing, however there is no boat launch. A boat launch is available at the North Maumee Campground, on the other side of the river, and accessible via Highway 14. In addition to river recreation, there are 14 miles of hiking trails in the area for exploring an old mining townsite, an indigenous peoples’ bluff shelter, and scenic viewpoints.

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Location

South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River is located in Arkansas

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36.0397035 N
92.6360154 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.

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  • WiFi
    Fair
  • Verizon
    Unknown
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups

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Jason W.
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2021

Busy

A LOT of people use this access including outfitters. Great gravel bar, plenty of room to.launch, picnic, camp. Very clean, people did a great job of picking up after themselves.

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  • Review photo of South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River by Jason W., July 19, 2021
  • Review photo of South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River by Jason W., July 19, 2021
  • Review photo of South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River by Jason W., July 19, 2021
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Arkansas F.
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2020

Good canoeing spot

There are a handful of tent sites, a primitive bathroom, and direct access to the Buffalo River. 

There is limited shelter during bad lightning storms.  The road in is very dicey and a long way off the main road. Does provide a good place to take out or start a canoe trip and it is free.

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Month of VisitJuly
J
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2019

Great camping spot

We canoed & kayaked in from Tyler Bend Campground. Great place to camp. Not much on amenities. Perfect for what we were looking for. Would definitely go back.

  • Review photo of South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River by Joel H., October 1, 2019
Jennifer H.
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

Maumee AR

We can't wait to go back here. One of the best times ever. Not one bad thing to say. Its nice, quite, peaceful, and breathtaking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River has water hookups and sewer hookups.

Are fires allowed at South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, South Maumee Camping Area — Buffalo National River does not have wifi.