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Five Activities for kids near Buffalo National River

by Kristen

Over Spring Break, my family took a “social distancing” trip to Buffalo National River.   Buffalo National River is a very underrated and under-commercialized area.   I did not find many travel tips while planning my trip, so I decided to write this post to help those who came after me.   We had to bring most of our food to our cabin and hiking snacks for the kids. Here are five activities for families in Buffalo National River, Arkansas, and some tips to know before visiting the area. 

National Buffalo River is in Northern Arkansas, about an hour east of Fayetteville. It is a gorgeous area! But it’s not very commercialized- which is a good thing, but proper planning is needed especially when traveling with kids. We mapped out all of the hikes we wanted to go on before deciding where to stay.

Here are some tips to consider before visiting Buffalo National River. 

1. Plan out Hikes in advance. I like to plan out hikes for our family on the app All Trails. If you’re hiking with small kids, I suggest looking for “pet-friendly” hikes. That will help tell you if a walk is appropriate for a small child.  

2. Keep your eye on the weather- If the Buffalo river is too high, the canoeing companies won’t let people float on the river. Some hikes might also be too wet. Plan your activities accordingly.

3. Plan on driving between spots- Buffalo National River is over 100 miles long. It takes time to drive between the popular spots.

4. Bring your food and snacks- There are not many stores and restaurants in the area. I suggest packing food for sandwiches breakfast and bringing plenty of snacks.



Buffalo River, although beautiful, had a lot of hikes not appropriate for small kids. Here are some fun, kid-friendly activities.


 Five Fun Activities to do with kids in Buffalo River 

  1. Hike Lost Valley- Lost Valley is the most popular hike in the State of Arkansas, and you’ll see why when you hike it. There are multiple waterfalls to see. This hike holds various skill levels, and you can walk as little or as much of it and still see waterfalls. This is a heavily trafficked trail and worth it.

Hike Tyler Bend – Tyler Bend Visitor Center is a neat area. We spent almost a whole day here. We hiked and picnicked. We had a great view of the river. There are some fantastic views on this hike!

Tour Mystic Caverns- We did a Cave Tour in Harrison. There are two caves at this site, and prepare yourselves for a fascinating historical tour.

Float the Buffalo River- The National Park approves many canoe services.

Catch your Supper– In Harrison, you can visit an Italian Restaurant and Trout Farm. You fish, and they will cook up your fish for you!




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Jadon Hardy April 3, 2021 - 4:07 pm

Wow what a beautiful place!

Dawn Keenan March 31, 2021 - 7:29 pm

Little bites are the perfect thing to pack for an outdoor adventure! I loved your pictures!

Neiddy Ruiz March 31, 2021 - 2:36 am

My family enjoys snacking on little bites. The blueberry muffins are our fave. Thanks for the chance to win

Michelle J. March 30, 2021 - 5:34 pm

I’m crossing my fingers!

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids March 30, 2021 - 2:42 pm

My kids love their muffins but we’ve never tried their cookies! Snacks are a must for any family adventure!

Mendy Dinsmore March 30, 2021 - 2:39 am

I love the Buffalo River area. It is so scenic. Lots of great memories over the years.

Suebrina Sousa March 30, 2021 - 2:11 am

Love Little Bites! Especially on the go!

Rosie March 29, 2021 - 11:37 pm

I have to admit I’ve not heard of any of these nice places, but wow, I’d love to take a trip! And a tasty and convenient snack would be some of these Entenmann’s bites!

Katelyn Shaver March 25, 2021 - 10:44 pm

This sounds awesome. Maybe a good spot to go with the girls are a little older and Zach snd I love hiking. Also totslly checking out the cookies next time I go shopping 🤣


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