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Buffalo National River
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Buffalo National River
Description - Public lands in Arkansas total close to three million acres. National and state-administered facilities pervade all regions of Arkansas. The state is contained in the east by the Mississippi River. Most of the eastern third of the state lies within the Delta of this great river. This is a flat, sediment covered area that is cut by the White, Arkansas and Ouachita Rivers.

The northwestern region of the state is known as the Ozarks Region and lies north of Interstate 40. The area contains most of Ozark National Forest and the Boston Mountain Range. The National Forest comprises over one million acres of dense forest, lakes and streams. North of Ozark National Forest is the Buffalo National River with 132 miles of protected wild river. Outside of these nationally preserved lands are several large, navigable lakes that support a variety of water and land-oriented activities.

Recreation - Recreation in Arkansas varies with the landscape. The lands provide hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping facilities. Opportunities for fishing are accessible in every region of the state at private and public facilities.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

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Filed By: Philip (Jacksonville, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: To all the floating/camping/fishermen out there, I have to HIGLY recommend the Kings River, south of Berryville, AR. If you are looking for peace, solitude, and lunker smallmouth bass, there is NO better place in Arkansas. I also saw an abundance of wildlife in my trip(s), including a family of Bald Eagles, which followed me and friend for about 1/2 mile down the river, flying ahead and watching us as we slowly fished our way downstream. As far as I know, rental canoes are only available from Kings River Outfitters, located at Trigger Gap, a few miles south of the town of Berryville. The nearby town of Eureka Springs is also a statewide favorite, with an eclectic mix of shops and clubs and a variety of places to stay, from romantic cabins to standard hotels. A HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended trip.

Filed By: Douglas Tiedemann (Hamilton, NJ)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went to dig for quartz crystals in Mt. Ida, Ar. I had such a good time that when the locals would ask me how long I was staying in their state I would reply, 'I don't know, I've already stayed longer than I thought I would. The people of this state wave to you as you pass them on the roads. Very friendly and helpful. I loved my visit to Arkansas Cordially, D. Tiedemann


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Contact Information:
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777

Links:
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism - Official Arkansas State tourism website.

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