Arkansas Journals

Adventure in the Ozarks

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A travel journal to Arkansas by Ben the Grate

Buffalo Outdoor Center Photo, Arkansas, United States More Photos
Quote: America has a National Bird, a National Song, a National Tree... Why not a National River? It's located on National Park land in rugged northwestern Arkansas. 'Yes, Virginia, there IS still wilderness in the South.'

Adventure in the Ozarks

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Overview

Sunrise on a Misty Morning Photo, Arkansas, United States
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Watch other canoers turn over at Gray Rock after doing it yourself. Climb wild and rugged limestone canyons past waterfalls pouring from dark caves. Swing from a rope tied high on a tree and plunge into the crystal clear waters of the Buffalo (ala Tarzan). Climb through dark tunnels hundreds of feet beneath the earth in search of cave formations found nowhere else on the planet. Experience old-fashioned food and hospitality at the Dairy Diner as you chat up a hundred-year old local who remembers when automobiles first came to the Ozarks. Drive dirt roads deep into the woods past rickety shacks occupied by people who speak a dialect as old as the hills, almost unintelligible from English; a people...Read More

Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging

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Hotel | "Lost Valley Lodging (cabins)"

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Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging owns 3 cabins that they rent out, each one having a different atmosphere. The Hillside Cabin is the most rustic and secluded. It is surrounded by trees, but its balcony (complete with hot tub) offers a view over the old mill pond. Upstairs is a queen bed and a double bed, and downstairs is a fold-out couch and a fireplace. (Cabin can sleep up to 6). The Whitaker Cabin is more contemporary and is located in the village of Ponca (population 43). There is a private bedroom on the first floor with a queen bed. In the loft are 2 double beds. In the living room is a fold-out couch along with a wood-burning stove. This cabin can sleep 8 and also has a hot ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2002

Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
Arkansas 74 & Arkansas 43
Ponca, Arkansas
(870) 861-5522

Buffalo Outdoor Center

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Hotel | "Buffalo Outdoor Center (luxury cabins)"

Buffalo Outdoor Center Photo, Arkansas, United States
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If you're in the market for a more upscale place to rest your head after a long day of canoeing or hiking, the Buffalo Outdoor Center owns some lavishly appointed cabins if you're willing to fork over the dough. Valley Dream and Valley Mist ($128 low season, $165 high) are in the woods on the hill above Ponca and have fireplaces and queen beds next to 2-person jacuzzi tubs. The Mills Cabin nearby has a beautifully rustic exterior and sleeps families in its 2 double bed loft, downstairs bedroom with single bed, and basement master bedroom with queen. Fireplace, VCR, stereo, CD player...ALL the amenities except a hot tub. $128 off season for 2, $15 per addtl person. $165 high season p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2002

Buffalo Outdoor Center
Hwy 43
Ponca, Arkansas
(800) 221-5514

Riverview Motel and Canoe

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Hotel | "Riverview Motel"

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If it's too cold to camp, and you're on a budget, the Riverview is for YOU! This is a very small, basic motel across the street from the Dairy Diner that provides clean cheap accomodations. Their rates are as follows: SUMMER $38 double WINTER $32 double We're talking BASIC here! There is a telephone and a clock, but I don't even remember TVs in the room. However, if I'm in the Ozarks, the LAST thing I'm gonna do is turn on a damn TV. There's not much to say about the Riverview. I stay there when it's too cold to camp and when I don't wanna shell out dough for a nice cabin. The rooms are basic, warm, and functional. The...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 6, 2002

Riverview Motel and Canoe
PO Box 352
Jasper 72641
(870) 446-2616

Dairy Diner

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Restaurant

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UPDATE!!! 7/20/06 All things change. The Dairy Diner was sold to a new owner who has put it through several transformations and it is currently a Vegetarian-only cafe open sporadic hours in the morning and early afternoon. While I tend to really enjoy quirky Vegetarian cafe's, the loss of the Dairy Diner and its loyal clutch of colorful followers is a great loss to Americana in this neat corner of the world. The only other place to get early breakfast is on the main road through town (7) headed toward Russellville...you'll see a tiny shack on your left (I think it's called Dee's) and smell the bacon.The Dairy Diner is one of my favorite eating spots ON THIS PLANET! It perfec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2002

Running the Legendary Buffalo

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Attraction

Approaching Gray Rock Shoals Photo, Arkansas, United States
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In 1972, the Buffalo River was designated by Congress as our "National River," being the first river protected solely for its scenic and ecological value. It is the only "National River" in the United States. Today the Buffalo runs free and undammed from its headwaters high in the Ozarks to its confluence with the White River 122 miles (and almost 2,000 vertical feet) later. This is a rarity in our country. The country surrounding the Buffalo River is ripe with scenery and history. High bluffs (up to 440 feet above river level), delicate waterfalls, mysterious caves, and thick forest border the river at all times, occasionally parting to reveal glances of old cabins ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2002

Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls

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Attraction

Hemmed-in-Hollow Photo, Arkansas, United States
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Hemmed-in-Hollow contains the highest waterfall between the Rockies and the Appalachians. At 225 feet, the falls are quite a spectacle, especially during wet season. Unlike many falls in the Ozarks, Hemmed-in-Hollow flows year-round, though the flow is usually greatly diminised by late summer, slowing to a mere veil of drops dancing through the air. There are many ways to get to the falls. The easiest is hiking up the creek from the river while on a float trip from Ponca to Kyles Landing. If you're not canoeing, you have several trail options. The shortest actually involves fording the Buffalo River several times and navigating a series of overgrown trails, so I don...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2002

A Brief History of the Buffalo

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Reminder Photo, Arkansas, United States
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The first settlers in the Buffalo River country came primarily from the southern Appalachians and early records show they were establishing homes here as early as 1825. They were a rugged, self-sufficient group. They had to be. Those who find driving the winding mountain roads tortuous today might attempt to visualize what it was like to cross them with all you owned in the world loaded on a wagon pulled by a team of oxen and only vague trails to follow through the forest. Towns sprang up early. Records show Jasper was an established town by 1840. One of the first residents was John M. Ross, a Choctaw, who became postmaster in 1843, when Jasper was made the first post office in Newton County. Hi...Read More