Kevin Cheri

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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.