Buffalo National River

Court Finds Federal Agencies Ignored NEPA In Guaranteeing Loans For Hog Farm Above Buffalo National River

Federal loan guarantees needed to ensure financing for a commercial hog operation upstream of the Buffalo National River in Arkansas were inappropriately approved by federal agencies that failed to adequately review the project's potential environmental impacts, a judge has ruled.
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Essential Park Guide, Fall '14: Your Travel Guide To The National Parks

For many, fall conjures images of blizzards of golden leaves, the eerie bugles of bull elk, and the first crisp, possibly snow-dusted, days of year’s end. For the northern half of the country these are the realities of the National Park System. There are the breathtaking days of hiking, watching wildlife on the move, and even tasting the season in the bounties of wild berries and other fruits.

Buffalo National River Rangers Resort To Canoe To Rescue Snakebite Victim

It's not often you hear about rangers resorting to a canoe to rescue visitors in need, but that's what happened the other day at Buffalo National River in Arkansas when word came of a snakebite victim in dire need of medical attention.

Essential Paddling Guide: Can Hogs Be Farmed Safely Upstream Of Buffalo National River?

Often the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams in the National Park System is endangered by something we don’t immediately see. Such is the case in Arkansas, where a hog farm less than 6 miles upstream from the Buffalo National River poses an industrial threat to the river.

Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America's First National River

Massive, water-stained bluffs soaring over 500 feet above your canoe or kayak; the highest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rockies; potential campsites on gravel bars along over a hundred miles of clear, free-flowing river; all this and more make the Buffalo National River a worthy addition to your list of must-do float trips.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks

Where can you paddle in the National Park System? What sort of paddler are you? Kayaker, canoeist, rafter? Options abound for all of you, as we explain in Traveler's Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks.

Campground Fees Rising At Buffalo National River

Citing the rising cost of doing business and tighter budgets, Buffalo National River officials have increased the fees for camping along the national river.

Canoeing The Buffalo, Finally

Fall might seem an unusual time to paddle the Buffalo National River, but you can be rewarded with incredible solitude and beauty.

Interested In NPS History? New "National Park Electronic Library" Offers A Great Resource

The ability of the NPS and other government agencies to maintain some useful websites is proving to be a serious challenge in the face of budget cuts, and that trend seems unlikely to change. Now a pair of private citizens has stepped forward help fill that gap with a new national park history site called "National Park Electronic Library."

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Fall In The National Parks: Great Park Hikes For A Great Season

Fall hiking in the East conjures immediate thoughts of Acadia National Park in Maine, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, or Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. All three are justly famous for fall color, have hundreds of miles of hiking trails…and lots of traffic on the roads, especially on autumn weekends.

Groups Sue In Bid To Stop Hog Farm Near Buffalo National River

Federal agencies that approved a loan to a hog farm operating upstream of Buffalo National River in Arkansas are being sued for not adequately reviewing the project.

Updated: Groups Working To Prevent Hog Farm From Polluting Buffalo National River

An industrial hog farm that could produce more than 2 million gallons of manure and wastewater over porous karst geology roughly 5 miles up a tributary of the Buffalo National River was permitted based on erroneous information, according to a coalition opposing the project.

Duo At Buffalo National River Now Knows How Not To Test Drive An SUV

Anyone considering the purchase of a used vehicle should certainly take a test drive before closing the deal, but a recent incident at the Buffalo National River confirmed that "prudence is a virtue" only if prudence has a vote in the way that test drive is to be conducted.

Trails We Hiked in 2012 That We Think You'll Like

Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.

Buffalo National River Officials Respond To Public Requests With Limits On Winter Closures

Officials at Buffalo National River in Arkansas have reversed themselves a bit concerning proposed winter closures after an outpouring of public reaction in favor of keeping facilities open.

When You're Done Paddling In The Buffalo National River, Take A Hike

Though it's a "national river," the forests surrounding the Buffalo National River have quite a few options for getting out and stretching the legs. Indeed, hiking in the upper Buffalo National River can be your Arkansas ‘Walk in the Woods."

40 Years On: The Buffalo River, America's First National River

Free-flowing for 135 miles, the Buffalo National River is a paddler's dream, offering cool, clear waters, grassy meadows grazed by elk, and cliff walls that frame the river in places.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lodging at Buffalo National River

Having left their favorite campground at Devils Tower National Monument and the beautiful scenery at Badlands National Park, David and Kay Scott have reached Buffalo National River in Arkansas to work on updating their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Alcohol, a Horse and a Cliff Don't Mix at Buffalo National River

We're all familiar with the admonition "Don't Drink and Drive," but similar advice applies if the "horsepower" involved is of the four-legged variety. Rescuers at the Buffalo National River had to contend with a heavily intoxicated man who was seriously injured after he—and his horse—fell over a cliff.

Summer Special: Ten National Parks With Lodging For Under $100 Per Night, Tent Not Required

You don't need to sleep in a tent to make a national park visit affordable. Our lodging experts have found 10 national parks where you can book a room for less than $100 a night.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors Delight Motorists on National Park Roads -- Part II, the Ozarks and Western States

When it comes to autumnal splendor, the Eastern parks get the lion's share of national publicity, but there's some mighty fine leaf peeping to be enjoyed on the park roads in western states and the Ozarks too. Here's how to find some of the best of it.

Fall Spectacular: Great Autumn Hikes in the National Parks

It's hard to beat autumn for prime hiking in parks from coast to coast. This season brings fine weather to most of the country and in many locations fall foliage is an added bonus. There are more hikes in national parks that we can take in a lifetime, so here are a few suggestions for some great ones all across the nation—including some alternatives to the most heavily-visited sites.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors From a National Park Lodge

You'd be hard-pressed to stay in a national park lodge in the fall without some spectacular vistas. Still, there are some places that seem slightly better situated to capture the display of foliage. Contributing writers David and Kay Scott share their thoughts on some of the best lodges to call home during the fall.

Let's Stay Safe In the National Parks This Summer, Okay?

Summer's arrival and the height of the vacation season is filling the National Park System with folks and families looking to relax, kick back, and enjoy being together in fabulous settings. Let's just not forget to be safe out there, though.

Fall near Buffalo National River Claims Life of Former Football Star

Bluff along Buffalo River
When a serious emergency strikes, parks often rely on help from surrounding agencies for additional manpower or expertise. That cooperation is a two-way street, and the staff at Buffalo National River was recently called upon to help when a fall from a high bluff claimed the life of a former football star near the park.

Spring Is A Good Time To Be Thinking About River Trips In the National Park System

Snowmelt's running around the National Park System, which makes it a perfect time to start thinking about paddling trips in the parks. Here are some ideas, and contacts, that can help you get wet in the months ahead.

Lost in the Boonies? What's Your Most Important Task?

Search dog and handler.
People who find themselves lost in the boonies, whether it's forest, field, desert or other terrain, frequently make the same mistake. If you find yourself unsure which route leads back to civilization, a recent incident at the Buffalo National River offers a clue about your most important task.

A Miss is Much Better than a Mile for Hikers Rescued in Two Separate Falls

Rescues during carryout at Buffalo River.
Hikers in two widely separated NPS areas were injured in falls during the past week. The incidents led to challenging rescues, but they could have been a lot worse. In both cases, the men escaped what would likely have been a catastrophic plunge by the narrowest of margins.

Wildlife on the Move: Migrations in the National Parks

As the weather cools and available daylight decreases, many wild animals become restless. They know winter is on the way and they could face months of freezing temperatures and food shortages.
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