Campers will delight in the picturesque river views at Tyler Bend. Located 11 miles northwest of Marshall, Arkansas, Tyler Bend is set on a quiet, peaceful section of the great Buffalo National River. Known as the middle river region, the campground offers tranquil views of the river beside pastures.
The Tyler Bend Visitor Center is open year-round and has interesting exhibits on the history of flora and fauna in the Buffalo National River area. It's the primary visitor center for the region and provides several educational programs in the auditorium. The campground has 10 walk-in and 28 drive-in sites available, plus a day-use pavilion and five group sites.
Flush restroom facilities are available at Tyler Bend Campground. Starting March 15, flush toilets and sinks can be found in the drive-in loop, walk-in tent loop, group sites, and at the pavilion. All shower facilities remain closed at this time.
The facility is available for camping free of charge outside of the reservation season (generally November 15th to March 14th every year).
Climbing and/or diving from the bluffs is dangerous and highly discouraged.
Do not swim alone during high water.
All park trails are closed to pets with the exception of the Mill Creek (trailhead is at the Pruitt river access area in the Upper District), the Tyler Bend Campground trails (Spring Hollow, Buck Ridge, and Rock Wall in the Middle District), and all three Buffalo Point Campground trails (Forest Trail, Overlook Trail, and Campground Trail in the Lower District). More information can be found at https://www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/pets.htm
In order to provide a place for visitors to enjoy the night sky there is a light curfew at the Tyler Bend Pavilion. To learn more about viewing the night sky in the park please click on the following link: https://www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/night-sky-viewing.htm
April - September: 9:00 p.m. (lights off)
October: 8:00 p.m. (lights off)
November - March: 7:00 p.m. (lights off)
Please be aware that some special events held at the pavilions or anywhere in the park (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 the Commercial Services office at (870) 365-2724. Information about Special Use Permits is also available on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/buff/planyourvisit/special-park-uses.htm
The Buffalo National River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile length. One of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, the Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River.
The Buffalo River Trail is accessible from the Collier trailhead parking area. This trail joins the Ozark Highlands Trail at Woolum, 14 miles upstream from Tyler Bend.
Small-mouth bass, catfish and sunfish are the most popular fish to catch on the Buffalo River, but visitors should be aware that an Arkansas fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the river.
The middle river location also allows for extended seasons for kayaking and tubing. If there's enough rain, the sports can go through mid to late summer.
Get a dose of history by hiking to the Collier Homestead, a restored Ozark dwelling from the 1930's. The homestead remembers one of the homes built by settlers in response to the Homestead Act of 1862.
TYLER BEND VISITOR CENTER 170 RANGER ROAD ST. JOE AR 72675
For campground inquiries, please call: 870-439-2502
From Springfield, Missouri take U.S. Highway 65 south for 109 miles; then turn right at Ranger Road (follow signs) and drive another 2 miles to visitor center and campground. From Little Rock, Arkansas take Interstate 40 West for 34 miles, then exit "U.S. 65/Skyline Drive." From here continue on U.S. Highway 65 north for 74 miles and turn left at Ranger Road (follow signs) to the visitor center and campground.