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Arkansas whitewater, Buffalo River

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


CLASS II     10.6 miles
This run was the first run I had ever done in a Kayak. I was a little scetchy at first but later realized that a kayak is 100% more safe than a canoe and quite a bit more versitile as well. By the end of the run I was trying to find the fastest spots and hiking the better rapids more than once to hit again. Now with more rivers and expierience under my paddle. I would still do this run again with friends for a enjoyable float with a few moderate
    rapids that can be challenging for the unprepared. If you plan to take those not real comfortable in a kayak on a river, this would be a great start for them. Not for seeking heavy whitewater. Scenery is A+++, its reputation
speaks for itself. If those seeking a little more rapids and a little faster gradient start at Boxley instead of Ponca to plan your Buffalo trip. Says Josh Winters

The wonderful Newton County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. The put-in is not too far from Harrison, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Ponca to Kyles stretch of Buffalo River in
Newton County is 10.6 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. When you're paddling down a Boston Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

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


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Buffalo River.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo River, Newton County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 10.6 miles long (Ponca to Kyles)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.1 miles long (Kyles to Pruitt)
Boulder Creek, Newton County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Headwaters to Henson Creek)
Osage Creek, Newton/Boone/Carroll County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Compton to Carroll County Road 11)
Clark Creek, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1 miles long (Lost Valley)
Broadwater Hollow, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 0.25 miles long (Park Boundary to Cecil Creek)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 6.1 miles long (Boxley to Ponca)
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
Boen Gulf Branch, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 10.4 miles long (Headwaters to Buffalo River)
Long Branch, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.5 miles long (Hike in from CR 28 to East Fork Little Buffalo)
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
Days Inn Harrison, Harrison , 18 miles away
Super 8 Harrison AR, Harrison , 18 miles away
Quality Inn Harrison, Harrison , 18 miles away
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River - Steel Creek, Compton, 1 miles away
Buffalo National River - Kyles Landing, Compton, 3 miles away
Buffalo National River - Lost Valley, Ponca, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Buffalo River:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 11 miles away
Turkey Trail, Newton , 16 miles away
Boston Cutoff, Newton , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 18 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 20 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 30 miles away
Table Rock State Park, Missouri , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo River:
Links Golf & Athletic Club, Harrison , 17 miles away
Harrison Country Club, Harrison , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Buffalo River
Beaver Lodge Lake, Boone , 11 miles away

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