The Buffalo National River Wilderness now contains a total of 34,933 acres and is managed by the National Park Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Arkansas. In 1978 the Buffalo National River Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.Leave No Trace principles:Plan Ahead and PrepareTravel and Camp on Durable SurfacesDispose of Waste ProperlyLeave What You FindMinimize Campfire ImpactsRespect WildlifeBe Considerate of Other VisitorsRegulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the agency for more information about regulations.Contact Information:BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVERHeadquarters402 N. WalnutSuite 136Harrison, AR 72601Phone: 870-365-2700Fax: 870-741-7286Office hours: 8am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday
The Upper Buffalo Unit can be reached south of Boxley Valley off State Route 21. There are no formal trails, but the Buffalo River Trail trailhead in the south end of Boxley Valley provides a good spot to start bushwhacking.The Ponca Unit can be reached from State Route 43 north of Ponca at the Centerpoint and Compton trailheads. It may also be reached from State Route 74 at Steel Creek and Kyles Landing campgrounds. It is also reachable at the Ponca River Access at the junction of Routes 74 and 43 just outside of Ponca.The Lower Buffalo Unit can be reached via Marion County road 6064 off State Route 101 south of Flippin. It may also be reached from Arkansas Route 14 by following Searcy County's Cozahome Road till it turns into Marion County road 650. Marion County Road 650 ends near the Ludlow Gap area, and Marion County Road 652 ends at Log Wagon Gap trailhead.
NPS - National Park Service