Buffalo National River

A consultant hired by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality presented findings at the agency’s headquarters Thursday of subsurface tests made at a controversial swine farm near the Buffalo National River. ADEQ and environmental advocates are still mulling over the study’s details.

Buffalo National River
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With its rolling hills, rivers and caves, the Ozarks is full of natural beauty. But the landscape does not come without risks. Dr. Van Brahana, a hydrogeologist and professor emeritus with the University of Arkansas, will lead a workshop at the Buffalo National River on the region’s surroundings.

Brahana’s has held many seminars about the force, beauty and capability of karst areas and aquifers which comprise much of southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas.

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Complete with waterfalls, bluffs, a free flowing stream, valleys, historical sites and more, the Buffalo National River is a destination for many.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more about the park.

The Buffalo National River brings in thousands of visitors to northern Arkansas each year for a variety of activities.  On the river itself, people kayak, canoe, raft and use johnboats, according to park superintendent Kevin Cheri.  And the land in the park’s boundaries is popular, too.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The Buffalo National River in Arkansas was established 44 years ago as the first national river in the National Park Service system.  Remnants of the period before the park came to be can still be seen today.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more on the history of the Buffalo National River.

The Buffalo in Arkansas is one of the few undammed rivers in the lower 48 states.  It was the looming potential of dams that started the fight to keep the river in its natural state.

Exploring the Fall Colors in the Ozarks

Oct 12, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The trees have begun their seasonal change and the Ozarks has a number of places where you can go to see foliage.

Buffalo National River in Northern Arkansas is home to a number of canoeing, hiking and nature watching sights. According to Caven Clark, the public information officer for Buffalo National River, mid-October to early November is the most popular time for visitors to come view the fall colors.