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Arkansas whitewater, Buffalo River

Newton county, Boxley to Ponca section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     6.1 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Harrison, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of Arkansas and the cool fresh water beats anything. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The Boxley to
    Ponca stretch of Buffalo River in Arkansas is 6.1 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. And of course, there
are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Boston Mountains is a great experience. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.  
Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Compton here, and nearby you stumble on wonderful spots like Big Hollow. But wait, there's more fun stuff to do in the Boston Mountains. Eden Falls is an inspiring site to stop by while you're here. There are good spots to discover along the Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, and you can go for a hike on the Turkey Trail. All through the warm days of summer highs here at Buffalo River get into the 90's with night lows in the 60's.

Buffalo River, Boxley to Ponca road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Buffalo River.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo River:
Clark Creek, Newton County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1 miles long (Lost Valley)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 6.1 miles long (Boxley to Ponca)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 10.6 miles long (Ponca to Kyles)
Boen Gulf Branch, Newton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 10.4 miles long (Headwaters to Buffalo River)
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.1 miles long (Kyles to Pruitt)
Boulder Creek, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Headwaters to Henson Creek)
Beech Creek, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 7.5 miles long (Cave MtNorth Road to Highway 21)
Osage Creek, Newton/Boone/Carroll County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Compton to Carroll County Road 11)
Broadwater Hollow, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 0.25 miles long (Park Boundary to Cecil Creek)
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
Days Inn Harrison, Harrison , 23 miles away
Super 8 Harrison AR, Harrison , 23 miles away
Quality Inn Harrison, Harrison , 23 miles away
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 23 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River - Lost Valley, Ponca, 1 miles away
Buffalo National River - Steel Creek, Compton, 4 miles away
Buffalo National River - Kyles Landing, Compton, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Buffalo River:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 12 miles away
Turkey Trail, Newton , 14 miles away
Boston Cutoff, Newton , 14 miles away
Ozark Highlands Trail, Johnson , 17 miles away
Peggy Steep Trail, Johnson , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 23 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 18 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 26 miles away
Table Rock State Park, Missouri , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Buffalo River
Beaver Lodge Lake, Boone , 16 miles away

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