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Buffalo National River, Tyler Bend Visitors Center

St. Joe, AR 72675, USA

Buffalo National River is a 95, 000-acre national park unit that preserves unique natural and cultural features of the Arkansas Ozarks. During the Civil War, the rugged terrain became a battleground between aggressive independent Confederate units and the Union forces holding northwest Arkansas. The residents caught in the middle of the constant skirmishing lost farms, possessions, and lives. Skirmish sites, saltpeter caves, and Civil War-era farms are interpreted. For Civil War orientation the park staff recommends visiting the Tyler Bend Visitor Center, near Marshall, Arkansas.


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Buffalo National River is a long, narrow park that is crossed by three main highways. Using Harrison as a starting point: To reach the Upper District (Jasper or Ponca AR area), visitors travel south from Harrison on Highway 7, or Highway 43; To reach the Middle District (Tyler Bend area), visitors travel 31 miles south of Harrison on Highway 65; To reach the Lower District (Buffalo Point area), visitors take Highway 65 south from Harrison for five miles, then take Highway 62/412 to the east to Yellville, and Highway 14 south.

Visitor Services

Lodging, public rest rooms, information, gift shop, museum, camping, trails.

Regular Events

Summer tours and interpretive talks; call for schedule.

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Admission Fee



Park, Daily; Tyler Bend Visitor Center, Daily: 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.



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