We live in Newton County, Arkansas, home to the Upper Buffalo River and Richland Creek. Many of the campsites used by hikers, campers and canoeists are also favorites to local folks. It is hard to pick our favorite ones, but here are several that we enjoy often. Three of our favorite sites are:
Kyle’s Landing is a major canoe take out, just below the infamous Grey Rock, that canoeists used to dread. It is directly on the Buffalo River Trail running from Boxley to Pruitt. It makes a great overnight spot to break any trip. According to The National Park Service there are 33 sites, on a first come first serve basis. The fees are $12 a night , with a 6 person limit per site. The grassy area is park like, with a view of the high bluffs along the River.
Steele Creek is a good location to see the Elk, some awe inspiring limestone bluffs and to swim. The swimming hole up stream is a special spot, with a good shallow area for your little ones and nice rocks to hang out on. The horse ranch there had a beautiful rock home with a neat spring that has been developed- be sure to visit it while you are there . It is also home to the “Artist in Residence “Apartment, hosted by the NPS. There are 24 sites, first come, first serve. Open all year, but with no water available November through March.
Richland Creek has a number of lovely waterfalls and a primitive camping area. Located on the Ozark Highland Trail, connecting to the Buffalo River Trail system. It makes a great jumping off point. Falling Waters is the highlight – many of us grew up loving the spot. From ben Hur area, take FS road 1205 – the campsite is about 9 miles in. The 11 campsites are primitive, but have picnic tables and grills at some. There is a vault toilet there also.