The Buffalo is one of the few free-flowing, undammed, and truly wild rivers left in the country, surrounded by towering bluffs, filled with crystal waters, and fed by creeks that crash in unique waterfalls through the Ozark Mountains.

 as told by @tgburge

What's the must do and see here?

If you visit the Buffalo National River you MUST stop by Steele Creek Campground. It is one of the uppermost put-ins for canoes on the river and is home to some of the more famous and characteristic painted bluff faces like Roark Bluff.

What makes this a special place to connect with nature?

The Buffalo Wilderness is my escape, even when I have nothing to run from. It's where I accept my greatest challenges, learn by biggest lessons, talk to God, and see the grandeur of His work. I wasn't raised in the area, but I have certainly "grown up" there.

Favorite memory here?

My favorite memory is a loaded solo camping story that I'll tell in major sequential subject points: 3 mile hike in the dark, shy black bear encounter (still in the dark), sleeping on a narrow ledge 500ft up on the river's tallest bluff, seeing the Milky Way move across the clear sky, waking up engulfed in fog, and spending an hour watching the sun rise and fog move through the river valley floor from above.

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Tell us about yourself!

I'm a twenty-something out of Northwest Arkansas who teaches middle school full-time and does photography every chance I get. I'm an avid hiker spending most weekends living the dream and exploring the Ozark Mountains I call home.


Buffalo National River has more than enough to offer for your next trip. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas there is hiking, paddling, camping, climbing and mountain biking to make your outdoor escape. Not to mention the wildlife is a plenty (can you say Elk herd?). What's not to love?

Nature therapy is a Buffalo River staple with caves to be explored, sand bars to be chilled on, waterfalls to be gazed at and horizons for days overlooking the waters of this undamed river. Summer time is the best time for checking out the Buffalo National River, but the winter low season has it's perks, fewer crowds and the surprising wildlife sighting.

What's your favorite pair of Rheos shades?

Style: Sapelos
Frame Color: Tortoise
Lens Color: Thermal
Description: The Buffalo National River is the first of the National Rivers. Rheos Sapelos is an original in it's own right. One of the first Rheos designs with a classic wayfarer style, Rheos Sapelos takes the worry out of your next river exploration. Happy floating!

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