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Buffalo National River, ARKANSAS
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Great Campground

Campsites were great, adequate space between sites. Love the layout of the campground, sites run parallel to the river. My only complain is bathrooms and showers are old and dirty (dirty because they’re old, still cleaned daily) and the shower was barely warm in the fall.

Nice spot but there are better options

If you are looking for secluded camping spots this is your place, the river isn't close but the sites are within walking distance. Campsites are in wooded areas and very secluded


Great location close to the river, very primitive, campgrounds can get a little close and are not as private as some! Beautiful views especially in the morning!!

Great little spot

Great spot to camp, fills up fast on fridays!

My favorite place to camp!

We had a great time camping Memorial Day Weekend. We tent camped. The campsite was really nice and everyone was very friendly. The visitor center is awesome and the park had several activities available. We went to an owl talk and a bear talk that was very informative. We also did the lake cruise. I would highly recommend this park.  This is my favorite camping spot.

Buffalo River is a great place to Canoe

The Buffalo River is the only designated National River by the National Park Service, but it is not a National Park. If you are an expert canoer go to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. But if you have young children or are a beginner skill level canoer, the Buffalo River is a great place. I highly suggest calling an outfitter and renting canoes. It just make life that much better.

This is a great place to camp and canoe.

Last Stop before the 3 day Wilderness float on the Buffalo River

This is the last stop before you enter the wilderness area of the Buffalo River. It was amazing. The only complaint is that at times the river can run somewhat low. This is a great place to go if you are a beginner level for canoeing. Very few fast running water.

If you are very skilled or experienced canoer you might be disappointed.

Close sites, beautiful area

We rolled in at 8pm on a Friday night. The sign said "campground full" but thanks to another review we disregarded this and found an open site, as did the person who drove in behind us. The 26 sites are in two layers, one closer to the parking lot, one closer to the woods, river and bluffs. Rangers patrol regularly and are very helpful. There is a ranger station beyond the horse campground which is a pleasant walk or a quick drive. We stopped there to get our National Park stamp! Easy access to a trail directly from the lot, or walk beyond the horse camp to the Old River trail head. Centerpoint Trail is a 15 minute drive away and offers access to the Big Bluff/Goat Trail. Caution drivers: the road in to the campground is windy and steep. A sign warns against bringing RVs. However there were an enormous bus and tons of horse trailers and campers at the bottom of the hill - braver people than I:) Bathrooms are clean, dimly lit at night presumably to keep bugs out. Each site has a lantern pole, fire ring and picnic table. Lost Valley Trail and shelter are a 10-15 minute drive away. Since it was raining we cooked our dinner in the shelter. Overall a beautiful place with great access to multiple trails as well as river access. Sites are a little close, but if you're fine with having neighbors 20 or so feet away, we highly recommend:)

Incredible hikes/waterfalls/caves/wildlife

Incredible campground and beautiful park! We saw a ton of Elk and the trails were incredible! Amazing waterfalls!

Beautiful and Clean

This campground is in a beautiful area right on the White River. There is a dock and convenient store within the grounds and chances to see plenty of wildlife. There are some trails provided. Only thing is the waters temperature will cause areas near the water to get cold.

One of my very favorite places to climb!

Horseshoe canyon ranch is an awesome place. There are many places to camp as well as bathrooms. It is a spectacular place to climb from beginner to advanced! The ranch also has cabins and horseback rides. Check out their website for more info.

Great place to camp and get away!

This campground is no longer maintained. However, it is a great place to camp. When I camped there no one else was there. There are multiple camp "sites" and an outhouse. It is in a beautiful area. The Ozark Highlands trail goes through the campsite so if you are up for a hike it's the perfect place to camp!

You’ll go back again and again! No matter the season!

We’ve visited this campground in the hot days of summer, July, and the beginnings of Fall, early October, and we plan to go again and again. By far, we love the sites beginning around the high 20’s ranging through the low 50’s, as they provide the best views and access to the river. There are two convenient stores within the campground. Between the two, you should be able to find any tackle/tool you may have forgotten, plus firewood and ice. Wildlife abounds, from deer, ground hogs, beaver, mink, cranes, eagles and of course, squirrels and raccoons. Plenty of trout fishing too! The cool breeze from the river and the morning/late afternoon fog will have you spellbound if the night sky doesn’t draw you in first.

Beautiful and worth the drive. Do not go with a rear wheel drive vehicle

Breath take views, fun and very scenic kayaking as well canoeing, and great hiking. However you have to drive down a very sketch “road” to the camp site. Do not try the road in a rear wheel drive or low profile vehicle.

Luxury Arkansas Camping

Paved roads to all the way to your camp site, showers, and a fantastic dinner 5 minutes away may not sound like luxury but Arkansas hllls usually make you work hard to enjoy their beauty. This site is amazing not only is the rock face the camp ground is named after a true natural beauty in the camp ground the river is deep enough to swim there as well. It was a very calm and quit environment.

Beautiful and secluded

Nice secluded area on sylamore creek with two nice swimming pools and a restroom building

Great camping on the lake

Always love going here. We get sites right on the water. You can bike ride,hike boat, canoeing,kayaking, swimming all from the campground areas. There is also a really nice public beach just down the road called Moonshine beach its a few dollars a car.

A must!

Buffalo national river is the first national river established in the US and let me tell you it's gorgeous!! There are many places to camp but we stayed at Buffalo Point. There are a few different loops to stay on, we stayed in A. Each site has parking, for car or RV all differing in length, and you walk behind the parking to an area with benches, picinic table, lantern hanger, and fire pit. The river is behind the sites and you can swim in it. I recommend swim shoes because its all rocks to get to it and entering in and out of the water. Behind A loop on the opposite side from the ramp before the curve in the river is a rope swing. Its across the river so you must be a strong swimmer to beat the current. The bathrooms are well kept and there is trash bins available. Pets are allowed too. The loop that we stayed in was first come first serve and there was a self pay station near the bathroom. If you are up early enough, you may see bald eagles flying around the river like we did!

Good swimming - okay camping...

Arrive to the campground early in order to get a spot. This place becomes very crowded on weekends & during camping season. Campsites are very close to each other so it makes for loud mornings and loud nights. The facilities are a little dated and and in need of repair.

The hiking and swimming made this place a lot better. This campground has great river access. The water was very clear in some spots and that was pretty neat!

Great beautiful water with very nice employees! Very clean campground

Great beautiful water with very nice employees! Very clean campground and very clean bathrooms

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ATV/Horse camp

Loop of primitive sites along Hwy 7 providing access to Ozark Highlands Trail. Not much to look at, listen to hwy traffic. Serves it’s purpose

Big Piney Creek access campground

Busy with floaters in the springtime. Tent loop on short bluff along “long pool”. Great swimmin’ hole, shower house for floaters and campers. Great little waterfall in hollow about 1/2 mi up river on creekside trail. Used to be an old high water cable crossing and footbridge (50 yrs ago) only the anchors remain.

great class II-III whitewater floating.

The Caverns tour(s) should be on your bucket list

Nice facilities with 3 campground loops, gravel bottom creek (Sylamore Creek) swim area, small spring fed lake stocked with rainbow trout, but the big draw is the Blanchard Springs Caverns tours. Outstanding! Great place for all ages. If it fills up in peak season, head 6 mi upstream to Sylamore Creek campground.

Babys first camping trip!

Beautiful campground! Loved camping by the river! Had great trees to hammock on! I was happy to have a table and a fire pit. I was happy to have the bathrooms close to our camp site.

Babys first camping trip!

Beautiful campground! Loved camping by the river! Had great trees to hammock on! I was happy to have a table and a fire pit. I was happy to have the bathrooms close to our camp site.

Isolated, Beautiful, Primitive

I went camping here the summer after my senior year of high school and it was a wonderful choice! I was looking for a campsite that was going to have my friends and I far away from any towns or anything so I could let them have a true camping experience. We were never able to find the trail that led to the waterfall behind the camp, but we did have the chance to walk up one of the creeks and find a swimming hole. While it may have been a bit humid, it was definitely worth it as it was very peaceful out there.

Family friendly fun

This campground exceeded our expectations. Though packed for Labor day weekend, we never felt the crowd. Scheduled activities for the kids over the weekend was amazing. They had crafts, bubble parties, (see photo) pool, hay rides, and more. The staff was friendly, and beyond helpful when needed. The other plus is that it is 20 minutes from Branson. No need to hear or fight crowds until you are ready! Rated it a five bit did wish my particular site was better. It was small, rocky, and starting to wash out. There were many great sites, and we will use one of their executive sites when we return. Look at park and read up before reserving. Half the sites are close to pool and playground, but not many trees. The other half are an easy 2 minute walk and tree covered!

Beautiful and remote.

The Buffalo River is a must see Arkansas attraction.