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part ofBuffalo National River, National Park Service
Painted Bluff at the Buffalo Point Campground.
Status: Open through Sun Nov 15 2015   Season Dates


Buffalo Point is a convenient, fun-filled destination for families and adventurists of all types. It's perched along the Buffalo National River, providing exciting river sports and hiking opportunities. In peak season, a restaurant is open at the facility, serving up meals for those who want a break from preparing them.

Natural Features:

The campground is set along Buffalo National River, one of the few free-flowing rivers remaining in the contiguous United States. The river runs 135 miles without dams and cuts through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River. The region is surrounded by droves of lush hardwood trees and grassy open meadows.


The wild river is a gathering place for a plethora of water activities. Many campers spend their days fishing, hiking, canoeing, or kayaking. Evenings are ideal for gathering next to the fire to revamp for another great day out on the river.


Buffalo Point offers campsites with water, electricity and a pay phone. It's the only area in the park with a restaurant, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Nearby Attractions:

Two popular attractions within the Buffalo Point Area are the Indian Rockhouse Trail and the Rush Historic District. Rush was a zinc mining community until the zinc market collapsed and the settlement was deserted. Tours about the town's history are available. Buffalo Point is the former Buffalo River State Park developed in the 1930's as project of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Blanchard Springs Cavern, an extraordinary living cave, is a one-hour drive from Buffalo Point.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Tubing
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • Water and electricity will be turned off November 15th - March 15th
  • The facility is available for camping free of charge outside of the reservation season
  • Climbing and/or diving from the bluffs is dangerous and highly discouraged
  • Do not swim alone during high water
  • Please be aware that some special events held at the pavilions (such as weddings, press receptions, concerts, et al) require a Special Use Permit in addition to the pavilion reservation. To obtain a Special Use Permit or additional information, please contact park headquarters at (870) 365-2700. Information about Special Use Permits is also available on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/special-park-uses.htm.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.07306, -92.55694
36°4'23"N, 92°33'25"W

From Springfield, MO take Highway 65 South through Branson to Harrison. Stay on Highway 65 through Harrison, turn left on Highway 62 and travel to Yellville. At Yellville turn right on Highway 14 East. Travel 17 miles to Highway 268 East. Turn left on 268 to Buffalo Point.

From Little Rock, take Highway 65 North to Marshall, at Marshall turn right on Highway 27 North about 11 miles to Harriet. Turn left on Highway 14 West and travel about 14 miles to Highway 268 East. Turn right on Highway 268 to Buffalo Point.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

2229 HWY 268 EAST

Phone Number:

Information:  (870)449-4311
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