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About the North Central Arkansas Area

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There are many reasons to live here. Our little known natural assets draw many to the area. The pristine beauty and natural environs, clean air and water are compelling indeed. The area has abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.


The centerpiece of natural resources is undoubtedly the Buffalo National River, a 135 mile long wild river, the first designated National River in America. It features canoeing and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Nature lovers love the changing seasons, each offering its unique attractions. The Buffalo National River region remains one of the best kept secrets in the US.


To view these resources, click on any of the following underlined links for a modest overview of the many reasons to live in our area.  is the website for the Upper Buffalo River Association offering numerous links to local cabin rentals, lodges, restaurants, campground, great resource for all things Upper Buffalo River area.


Buffalo Outdoor Center,  located in Ponca, Arkansas is for those wanting to float the Buffalo River or experience the Adventure of Newton, County offering:   canoe, kayak & rafting rentals, shuttle service, cabin & lodge rental & Canopy Tours/ziplining.


Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging offers friendly local river outfitting & shuttle service plus nice, affordable lodging. 


Mountain Springs Cabin Rental  located just 5 miles or less from Ponca, Boxley, NPS trailheads and the Upper Buffalo National River. Rick and Rayne Davidson are the owners.

Harrison, Arkansas  is for the Harrison Visitor and Convention Bureau. It lists the many activities and organizations. Harrison has a civic theater, restaurants, recreational facilities, and a great overview of things to do in the area.


Harrison Chamber of Commerce  link takes you to the Harrison Chamber of Commerce website.


Harrison Chamber of Commerce U-Tube Video expressing the beauty, adventure and business aspects of Boone and Newton County.


Buffalo River Chamber has tons of links for the Buffalo National River area.


Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce  This is a popular day trip from the Upper Buffalo River region. This little Victorian town features many art galleries, fine shops, entertainment, and places to eat. 


Branson, MO  Nationally famous and located only 30-45 min north of Harrison & Jasper, Branson is a great destination for live shows and concerts. Plenty of things to do for the whole family. People living in this area often go to Branson to take in a show or to shop.


Ozark Mtn Region gives a brief overview of the main tourist attractions, especially describing the Buffalo River. is the official website by our Department of Parks and Tourism, a good place to start if you're new to Arkansas. gives information about the State of Arkansas.


National Park Service - America's First National River:  The Buffalo River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile length. One of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, the Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River.  Definitely the biggest tourist attraction to the North Central Arkansas area!


Buffalo River Foundation is the which works to conserve land in the Buffalo National River area.  has some great resources regarding the Buffalo National River.


2014 USA Today article on the top 10 National Park "Experiences of a Lifetime", and the Buffalo National River is one of them!!!

Buffalo River Trail Maps  ordered from the National Georgraphic are waterproof, tear and stain resistant, I have also found these for sale in local outfitters, I highly recommend them - very detailed topographical maps!

National Geographic included the Buffalo National River in their top 10 list of underappreciated  Parks, they say, "These Parks should be more famous!"

Northwest Arkansas Council created this superb video of the many reasons NW Arkansas should be your new home!

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