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part ofBuffalo National River, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sun Nov 15 2015   Season Dates


The Ozark Pavilion sits in the middle of the Ozark Campground near the impressive bluffs of the Buffalo River. Bring a picnic lunch or pack up your grill for a day of fresh air and outdoor activities.

The big river isn't just a picturesque backdrop for your picnic - it also offers an array of river sports like canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming and fishing.

Natural Features:

The pavilion is located along the Buffalo National River with views of lush forests and high, riverside limestone bluffs. It is one of the few free-flowing rivers remaining in the contiguous U.S., with 135 miles of undammed waters. It cuts through the Arkansas Ozarks to reach its final destination at the White River.


The Buffalo River Trailhead is next to the pavilion. The scenic trail spans a massive 36.5 miles of the Buffalo River from Boxely to Pruitt, and is ideal for hiking or backpacking.

Peak season for canoeing, kayaking and tubing is spring to early summer.


The covered picnic area seats up to 25 people. Electricity is available but it's recommended you bring your own grill. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby town of Jasper offers restaurants, gas stations and groceries. The Hilary Jones Wildlife Museum and Elk Center is just north of Jasper. It features displays of elk, white-tailed deer and ducks, as well as freshwater aquariums, wildlife paintings and a gift shop.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Flush Toilets
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
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):
36.06213, -93.15972
36°3'44"N, 93°9'35"W

From Harrison, head south on Highway 7 for approximately 13 miles. After driving over a bridge over the Buffalo River, look for a brown sign for the Ozark Campground. Turn right onto the gravel road and follow it for about one mile to the campground and pavilion.

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