Buffalo National River Provides Ranger Guided Activities
Buffalo National River is one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “The National Park Foundation’s Active Trail program provides vital funding that supports our national parks as centers of healthy outdoor activity for families and communities across the nation,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
With the funding from this grant, Buffalo National River is providing a variety of hikes, tours and guided floats.
Explore the Lost Valley to Eden Falls with a ranger guide on Sunday June 29 at 1:00 pm or Sunday July 6 at 9:30 am. Lost Valley Trail is an easy to moderate 2 mile hike from the trailhead located 2 miles south of Ponca, AR on Highway 43.
Tour the Collier Homestead to learn a little Ozark history on July 2 at 9:30 am. The homestead is 1/10th mile from the parking lot 1 mile from Highway 65 on the Tyler Bend road. For those interested in a woodland stroll to a river overlook after the homestead tour, the ranger will lead an easy, 1-mile round trip walk to the river view.
Thursday July 3 a ranger will be floating starting at the Tyler Bend access at 9:00 am. Bring your own equipment or rent from an outfitter and learn about the river on the river.
A ranger will lead you on an underground exploration of Back O’Beyond Cave on July 5 at 9:30 am. The tour is open to 12 participants who are 12 years old or older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tours are free but participants must reserve their place by calling Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870-439-2502 prior to the tour. All equipment will be provided.