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Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas
Plan Your Visit to the Buffalo National River Region

Towns From West to East Eureka Springs Ponca (BR) Harrison Jasper Marshall Cotter (WR) Gilbert (BR) Buffalo City (BR)(WR) Mountain
View (WR)
Eureka Springs Eureka Springs 54.4 miles
1 hr 27 min
41.5 miles
55 minutes
62 miles
1 hr 30 min
84.4 miles
1 hr 46 min
82.5 miles
1 hr 46 min
75.miles
1 hr 41 min
96.2 miles
2 hr 15 min
123 miles
3 hours
Ponca (BR) 54.4 miles
1 hr 27 min
Ponca 36.6
1 hr 4 min
15 miles
32 min
60 miles
1 hr 41 min
69 miles
1 hr 49 min
51.3 miles
1 hr 35 min
83.1 miles
2 hrs 21 min
99.2 miles
2 hrs 54 min
Harrison 41.5 miles
55 minutes
36.6
1 hr 4 min
Harrison 20.6 miles
35 mins
43.1 miles
53 mins
41.2 miles
53 mins
33.8 miles
47 mins
54.9 miles
1 hr 26 min
81.7 miles
2 hrs 6 min
Jasper 62 miles
1 hr 30 min
15 miles
32 min
20.6 miles
35 mins
Jasper 46.1 miles
1 hr 9 mins
55.2 miles
1 hr 18 min
36.8 miles
1 hr 4 min
68.9 miles
1hr 51 mins
84.7 miles
2 hrs 22 min
Marshall 84.4 miles
1 hr 46 min
60 miles
1 hr 41 min
43.1 miles
53 mins
46.1 miles
1 hr 9 mins
Marshall 51.7 miles
1 hr 19 min
15.6 miles
22 min
65.4 miles
1 hr 51 min
38.6 miles
1 hr 13 min
Cotter 82.5 miles
1 hr 46 min
69 miles
1 hr 49 min
41.2 miles
53 mins
55.2 miles
1 hr 18 min
51.7 miles
1 hr 19 min
Cotter 32.8 miles
1 hr 8 min
14 miles
34 min
58.3 miles
1 hr 52 min
Gilbert (BR) 75.miles
1 hr 41 min
51.3 miles
1 hr 35 min
33.8 miles
47 mins
36.8 miles
1 hr 4 min
15.6 miles
22 min
32.8 miles
1 hr 8 min
Gilbert 46.5 miles
1 hr 40 min
54.2 miles
1 hr 35 min
Buffalo City (BR) 96.2 miles
2 hr 15 min
83.1 miles
2 hrs 21 min
54.9 miles
1 hr 26 min
68.9 miles
1hr 51 mins
65.4 miles
1 hr 51 min
14 miles
34 min
46.5 miles
1 hr 40 min
Buffalo
City
52.5 miles
2 hrs
Mountain View 123 miles
3 hrs
99.2 miles
2 hrs 54 min
81.7 miles
2 hrs 6 min
84.7 miles
2 hrs 22 min
38.6 miles
1 hr 13 min
58.3 miles
1 hr 52 min
54.2 miles
1 hr 35 min
52.5 miles
2 hrs
Mountain
View
Learn About River Levels, Assessing Flood Risk & Weather
The Buffalo National River is a wild river. This means it is not managed or dammed as are most modern rivers. It is prone to flash flooding due to the limestone geology of the area. This guide provides a map of the watershed, links to weather and river gauges. Take time to plan and better understand the behavior of the wild Buffalo National River.

Times and Distances for Trips to Towns in the Buffalo National River Region


The chart below identifies both time and distance for travel nearby area towns.  Many of the attractions in various guide books and websites don't provide the guidance about travel distances, and more importantly, times.

Around here travel time is at least as important as distance. Our mountainous terrain and lack of connecting interstate highways really slows things down. Better to drive a bit slowly and be safe. There are many blind corners and sharp turns on many of the roads, and of course, good road markings are considered optional.

Note that river towns are noted by either (BR) for Buffalo River, or (WR) for the White River. If you are planning your stay, it is no bargain to stay far away from the Buffalo River, or the White River for that matter. Try to think about specific trails and destinations and get a concrete idea about the distances. What might seem like a good location could be over an hour away.  Don't expect to get great gas mileage either. Keep you gas tank pretty full, there are far fewer gas stations than you might expect, also, many don't have pay at the pump.
Planning Tips:

Gas stations can be rare around here. Keep your tank full and expect to get poorer mileage than you are accustomed to.

Think about the location of emergency medical care before you have a crisis. You should be traveling not spend time figuring out where to go.
Planning you stay can be a little involved. This is a rural area, very rural. There are few of the conveniences
of the larger cities.

Jasper, the Newton County seat, has only one gas station and 4 restaurants, a hardware store, and a grocery store. Ponca has one gas station and small grocery store.

Harrison is the big city around here (12,500 population), and many of the comforts are large cities are missing,
but it does have most of the bases covered, including a hospital for medical emergencies. It has multiple gas stations, hardware stores, grocery stores, and many places to eat. Many people want to escape even the little city feel of a Harrison and stay in rural cabins or camp along the river. See the travel times below.

If you are staying in the Ponca area, this guide will help you locate local resources and things to do. This Ponca resource guide will help you locate things you might need during your stay. The page also includes advice on day trips and destinations.
Local Hazards:

Flash Flooding on the Buffalo National River

Driving in Boxley Valley -- see this page for pointers on driving safely in Boxley Valley.

Safety Issues for Hikers and Wildife Lovers