Your Buffalo River Fall Bucket List

Fall is creeping into the air here in Buffalo River Country. Shorter days, crisper nights, and new opportunities for adventure are here in a whole new light. The leaves are already falling and will soon begin to dress in their autumn colors, setting the mountains and the valleys ablaze with seasonal art. The fall is a beautiful time to camp, float, hike, and so much more. Use this list as a guide for your outings, and let your imagination do the rest!

Find the Colors

We are set to have a spectacular show of fall splendor this season. When is the best time to see that color? Generally late October and into November is when you can see the trees at the height of this show.

Tyler Bend (just minutes from our store) provides a couple river overlook trails that are perfect for seeing the color against the beauty of the Buffalo. Sam’s Throne is about an hour and a half from our store and provides some breathtaking views of the Big Creek Valley, as well as rock climbing opportunities and a primitive campground. Looking for more information on Sam’s Throne? Click here!

Buffalo River Fall Float

A fall float on the Buffalo is unbeatable. The water slows down to a calm pace, the air moves cool around the banks and bluffs, and wildlife are out and about in the absence of summer crowds and noise. One of the best floats to experience this fall is Tyler Bend to Gilbert, which is long enough to take a break and enjoy the peacefulness, but will not take up an entire day, so you can sleep in, or have time to grab a bite, or explore other places nearby. There are plenty of other options as well. Call us and let us know how long you would like to be out, and we will tell you the best way to fill that time on the river!

Hike in the Cool Air

Hiking takes on another magic in the fall. Less bugs, less sweat, and fall color. Looking to plan a hiking trip nearby to the middle district of the Buffalo National River? Click here to find your perfect jaunt in the Ozark mountains.

Cozy up in a Cabin

Some things just go together. Bonfires and starry skies, flannel and fireplaces, a cozy cabin and fall. Our cabins are fully equipped, recently updated, perfectly decorated, and ideally located for your autumn adventures. With 11 cabins to choose from, we have the accommodations that your group is looking for. Big or small. Give us a call, we are here to help you plan the best getaway yet!

Build a Campfire

There is so much of the Buffalo River to see! We had spectacular river levels this summer and they have thus far made the fall even better than years past. If you would like to go overnight on the river, there are so many options to choose from! From 2 day excursions to multiple day expeditions, a comfy campfire on the rocky banks of the Buffalo is just a phone call away. Make your autumn plans austere and settle into a boat to observe the color show.

See the Elk

Fall is the time for Elk. The annual rutting season comes in late September and runs into October, so the Searcy County Elk are out and about. Click here to learn more about the legendary Searcy County Elk!

Whatever you choose, Fall in Buffalo River Country is not to be missed. If you are looking for more ideas or would like to discuss your trip, call us today and let us know what you are looking for! Our store will remain open throughout the Fall and Winter, and it is still best to call ahead if you are looking for late season floating or accommodations, as we remain busy through these times. Our current hours are 8am-5pm, 7 days per week. Call us today at 870-439-2200!

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Buffalo River Outfitters offers a complete Ozark adventure vacation. We provide canoes, kayaks, rafts and shuttle service for floating the Buffalo National River, and have clean and cozy lodging options that are unmatched in the area. 

Whether you want to float the river, hike nearby trails, go horseback riding, or simply relax on a porch swing and enjoy the fresh air, we've got the place for you.

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Water Levels

  • Flood stage
  • High
  • moderate
  • low
  • Very Low

PONCA

2.53 FT

St. Joe

5.76 FT
  • Very Low: The river is dry in places.
  • Low: Water is low but floatable. The river moves slowly and many rocks are exposed.
  • Moderate: Ample water for floating. The river moves at an average of 2 mph, allowing canoes to float over most rocks.
  • High: For experienced floaters only. The river flows swiftly and compromising situations may occur. Canoeing experience on swift moving rivers is necessary. All canoeists must possess good river canoeing skills and must be familiar with rescue procedures.
  • Flood Level: The river flows outside its normal banks. Flood waters move quickly and carry debris. River conditions are hazardous even for highly skilled canoeists.