Lower River Campgrounds
Quick Guide to Lower District Buffalo National River Campgrounds (from West to East)
For reservations (877) 444-6777 or on line at www.recreation.gov .
Buffalo Point Campground GPS 36.07451, -92.60305
Fees: $12 a night walk-in tent camping ($15 with a reservation), 5 group camping sites $33 minimum per day, or $3 per person (minimum 10, maximum 25 per site), $17 a night for drive- in sites ($20 with a reservation) Free from mid-November to mid-March, except group camping sites which are closed. .
Drive-in sites include water and electricity from mid-March to mid-November.
For reservations and information (877) 444-6777 or on line at www.recreation.gov
Buffalo Point Campground is the largest campground in the Buffalo National River system.
It features 20 walk-in tent sites, 5 group camping sites, 83 drive-in sites for RVs and campers, and 3 pavillions.
Walk-in tent camping offers 20 first come, first serve, tent camping sites.
For group camping, there are 5 tent camping sites (by reservation only). Groups sites require a minimum of 10 campers to a maximum of 25 per group site. Group sites are closed mid-November to Mid-March.
Buffalo Point also offers cabin rentals through a concessionaire. This includes 5 rustic cabins, 8 duplex cabins, and a 4 unit lodge. Call 870-449-6206 for information and to make a reservation. There is also a restaurant that operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Review: The Buffalo Point Campground is the largest NPS campground on the Buffalo National River. It was originally a Arkansas state park before being assumed by the National Park Service. The historically significant park and cabins were built by the CCC before WWII. Cabins are perched on a tall bluff top with magnificent views of the lower Buffalo River. There is a Ranger Station, hiking trails including the famous Indian Rockhouse, and many interpretive programs. Buffalo Point is a very popular facility, reservations are recommended.
Rush Campground GPS 36.13264, -92.57103
Fees: $10 a night, free from mid-November to mid-March
The Rush Campground features 12 tent camping sites available on a first come, first served basis.
Review: The Rush Campground is small, but well laid out. It is the last campground before the Buffalo National River joins the White River at Buffalo City. The main attraction is the old ghost mining town of Rush, complete with old buildings and a hiking tour of the ruins. Rush is also a good birding area and river fishing is strong especially for smallmouth bass.
Lower River Area NPS Campgrounds
BNR Campgrounds from Upper River to Lower River (west to east) || Ponca Area || Jasper Area || Middle River || Lower River ||
The Lower River Area
Like the Upper Buffalo River area, the lower river has two wilderness areas, the Lower Buffalo Wilderness, and the Leatherwood Wilderness. Ozark National Forest, and Loafer's Glory WMA.
The nearby White River is a world class trout stream.
Blanchard Springs Caverns is a must-see destination. It is run by the Forest Service.
Forest Service Map.
Visitors may wish to take a day trip to Mountain View to visit the Ozark Folk Center, the Arkansas Craft Guild, and antique shops, or dine at many local restaurants.
Mountain View also has a Bean Festival each October, and an Artists Tour each September.
Whitetail Deer Walking Along the Buffalo River