Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River Remains Same Today As 100 Years Ago

May 13, 2011, 8:26 am

Located near Harrison and managed by the National Park Service, the Buffalo National River, America’s first national river, is ideal for those wishing to escape the stresses of school work and office duties via canoeing, hiking, fishing and camping, said Terry Cook, executive director of the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 150-mile river provides stunning scenery and opportunities for adventure that will make memories for all ages, he said.

“The Buffalo River is America’s first national river — it was named this in 1972 — and we were able to keep it natural,” Cook said. “Today, you see the same river that was from 100 years ago because we’ve been able to keep it in that same natural state.”

As many as 1 million people visit the river between early spring and late summer each year, and unlike some spring break destinations, the Buffalo River is ideal for small children, teenagers and older relatives, he said.

“It’s not always the people you see at the beach,” Cook said. “We have families, youth groups and school groups that are enjoying the river on spring break. It’s a big time of the year for us.”

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