DRIFTWOOD OUTDOORS: A slice of outdoor paradise

Buffalo National River is a canoeing and fishing wonderland

Jon Stillwell does some fly fishing for smallmouth bass during a recent outing in the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas.

Jon Stillwell does some fly fishing for smallmouth bass during a recent outing in the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas.

The Buffalo River in northern Arkansas is one of the most scenic rivers in North America.

It’s a bold statement, but hard to argue against. It was designated as our country’s first national river after being adopted by the National Park System in 1972.

With crystal-clear, free-flowing water, towering bluffs, caves, waterfalls, a dense canopy of diverse trees, and too many species of flora and fauna to list, the Buffalo is a wild and pristine paradise running through the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Also, the smallmouth bass fishing is excellent.

Because the entire river is bordered by public land, the Buffalo is access-friendly.

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