One of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48, the Buffalo National River was America’s first national river and free flows for 135 miles through the Ozark Mountains. You’ll spend time both in and around this pristine river during your wilderness weekend in Northwestern Arkansas.
After arrival in Boone County, you’ll head straight to home base for the weekend’s adventures — the Buffalo Outdoor Center nestled in the secluded forests of Buffalo River Country. While the theme of the weekend is wilderness, your cabin is a respite from the rugged outdoors. Each newly-constructed and furnished cabin comes complete with gas fireplaces, modern bathrooms with waterfall showers and a king-sized master bedroom in addition to queen-sized loft spaces. These mountain-top cabins offer private in-deck hot tubs and stunning sunrise views, best enjoyed along with the country breakfast delivered directly to your table each morning.
After check in, hike one of two nearby scenic trails and meet your photographer for the weekend. While they are available to take pictures of you and your group, they also will offer tips and tricks for making your own photographic memories their best. That evening, enjoy dinner and live music at a local institution — while this weekend isn’t about five-star dining, you’ll find all the fuel you need for your adventures.
The next day you’ll spend entirely on the water, floating down a stretch of the upper Buffalo River through class 1 and 2 rapids in a tandem canoe or single sit-in kayak. After a picnic lunch, take a short half-mile hike to Hemmed-In Hollow, where you’ll see the tallest waterfall in between the Applacian and Rocky Mountains at over 200 feet tall.
Before departing, enjoy a last view of the jaw-dropping scenery of the Ponca Wilderness with a zip-line tour. Built into live Ozark Mountain hardwood trees, this guided tour will provide your final — and fast — glimpses of the surrounding bird, plant and animal life and offers yet another adventurous way to soak in the wilderness before returning to civilization.