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Arkansas whitewater, Buffalo River

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


CLASS I-II     13.1 miles
  The natural beauty of Newton County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Arkansas are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. If you're coming from Harrison it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The Kyles to Pruitt
    stretch of Buffalo River is 13.1 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of
paddling rivers. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. The beautiful Boston Mountains scenery is an added bonus. A good workout and just being out on the  
river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Kyles to Pruitt stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Buffalo National River is a perfect national park; the beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Cove Spring. All the outdoors amusing stuff in the Boston Mountains will keep you coming back time and again. A nice spot in the neighborhood of Buffalo River is Sawmill Hollow, and the fine folks of Jasper like to hang out close by. This river is a great place to visit. There's pleasant hiking along the Alum Cove National Recreation Trail.

Buffalo River, Kyles to Pruitt 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:
Boulder Creek, Newton County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.6 miles long (Headwaters to Henson Creek)
Broadwater Hollow, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 0.25 miles long (Park Boundary to Cecil Creek)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.1 miles long (Kyles to Pruitt)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Pruitt to Hasty)
Osage Creek, Newton/Boone/Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Compton to Carroll County Road 11)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Hasty to Carver)
Buffalo River, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 10.6 miles long (Ponca to Kyles)
Shop Creek - West Fork, Newton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Alum Cove Creek to Parthenon)
Long Branch, Newton County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 5.5 miles long (Hike in from CR 28 to East Fork Little Buffalo)
Stepp Creek, Newton County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1.25 miles long (Gum Branch to ELFB)
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
The Queen Anne House Bed And B, Harrison , 12 miles away
Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Harrison , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Harrison, Harrison , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRISON, Harrison , 13 miles away
Super 8 Harrison AR, Harrison , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River - Erbie Group, Jasper, 1 miles away
Top Of The Mountain Park, Jasper, 2 miles away
Yanasochee Campground, Jasper, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Buffalo River:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Newton , 11 miles away
Hurricane Trail, Newton , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo National River, Harrison - AR , 12 miles away
Ozark National Forest, Arkansas , 22 miles away
Table Rock State Park, Missouri , 31 miles away
Withrow Springs State Park, Arkansas , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo River:
Links Golf & Athletic Club, Harrison , 12 miles away
Harrison Country Club, Harrison , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Buffalo River
Beaver Lodge Lake, Boone , 7 miles away

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