Lower Buffalo River
(North Maumee to Lower Buffalo Wilderness)
The lower district of the Buffalo National River contains the park's largest wilderness area, protecting some of the most remote sections of river. This district also offers two heavily used sections of river, located upstream and downstream of the park's most developed and popular summer campground. Buffalo Point offers full hook-ups, a restaurant, and cabins, which are not offered within the park in other sections of the river. Two popular attractions in the lower Buffalo are the Indian Rockhouse Trail and the Rush Historic District. Rush was a zinc mining community until the bottom fell out of the zinc market and the settlement became a ghost town. A guide to the hiking trails, and information about historic sites and the river are available at either of two Buffalo Point information stations. The upper station is open year-round. The campground station is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Access Points And Campgrounds
The lower or eastern section of the river has 6 access points and provides camping at Spring Creek, Buffalo Point and Rush campgrounds.
Maumee North – is on the north side of the river and west of Maumee South. It is accessed by an unimproved road. Provides river access.
Maumee South – is on the south side of the river and is accessed from an unimproved road beyond the end of the pavement on County Road 49.
Dillards Ferry – is located on Arkansas Highway 14 at the bridge over the Buffalo River. Provides river access
Buffalo Point Ranger Station – is at the end of the pavement on Arkansas Highway 268. Provides river access
Rushland – is reached by an unimproved road beyond the end of the pavement on County 26. It provides access across the river to the Lower Buffalo Wilderness Area a joint wild area with the Ozark National Forest’s Leatherwood Wilderness Area. Provides river access
Buffalo City – is located outside the National River at the junction of the Buffalo River with its parent the White River. Buffalo City is located off the US 62-412 in Mountain Home on Arkansas Highway 162, about 12 miles from Mountain Home. Provides river access, primarily as the last take out for the Buffalo River along with boat rentals, camping and cabins.
Spring Creek campground has 12 designated sites with tables, fire rings, and lantern hooks at each site. The campground has a vault toilet with limited servicing. No water available. No fees charged and camping is open all year. No RV's allowed. Spring Creek has 13 designated campsites. GPS Coordinates: 36.0285289,-92.5800835
Buffalo Point is the only campground in the park which has hookups for RVs and reserves individual sites in advance.
Drive-in campsites have water and electric hookups (30/50 amp) and are suitable for both RV's and tents. Walk-in campsites are for tents only. The campground has hot showers with four separate shower buildings. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. RV dump station is available just outside the campsite on Highway 268. Up to six people are allowed for all individual campsites. Group sites are available for 10 (minimum) to 25 (maximum) people per site. Pavilions can be rented out for day use.
Individual campsites, group sites and day use picnic pavilions at Buffalo Point may be reserved in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Individual campsites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance and pavilion and group campsites up to 1 year in advance. Please note a small fee is charged to make each reservation. A map of all Buffalo Point campsites is available so you may choose a site that suits your needs.
Most Buffalo Point campground loops will be closed mid-November to Mid-March. "B" Loop campsites will remain open for primitive camping throughout the winter.
Rush Campground is located about 5 miles off of Highway 14 between Yellville and Buffalo Point. The road is paved until you enter the park, then becomes graded gravel. The campground is accessed across Rush Creek and may not be accessible during periods of high water. Rush has 12 sites at the campground that include a table, fire ring, and lantern hook. Rush Campground is open all year and no fees are charged. Vault toilet open with limited servicing. No RV's allowed, tent camping only. GPS Coordinates: 36.1228757,-92.5507485
List of Approved NPS Concessionaires for the Lower Buffalo River