Six of us from Duluth headed south a week ago to paddle 100 miles of the Buffalo National River, part of the National Park system in northwestern Arkansas. The river is flanked by limestone and sandstone bluffs up to 200 feet tall, and the water is emerald green and fast. None of the rapids were difficult, but the river was spirited even at moderate water levels.
We put in at Steele Creek and paddled to Buffalo Point, stopping along the way to hike into a hidden 200-foot waterfall and an old farmstead. We camped on riverside gravel bars, or just above them among the sycamores, sweet gums and locusts.