Visit the Buffalo National River

At a Glance

Buffalo National River, AR

Eureka Springs, AR

59 min

48 miles

Near the Buffalo National River, in the charming towns of Ponca and Jasper, Arkansas, visitors can indulge in wildlife watching at the Elk Education Center, explore the enchanting Lost Valley, and savor local flavors at quaint eateries amidst the stunning backdrop of the Ozark Mountains.

Whitaker Point Hiking view

Embark on Ozark's Most Stunning Vista Adventure

Hawksbill Crag, also known as Whitaker Point, in the Buffalo River region of Arkansas, is a breathtaking and iconic natural landmark that offers one of the most stunning vistas in the Ozarks. Perched high above the lush, verdant valleys and meandering river below, this rocky outcrop forms a striking silhouette against the sky, resembling the beak of a hawk. The crag is reached by a moderately challenging 3-mile round-trip hike through beautiful forest terrain, which is especially spectacular during the fall when the foliage transforms into a vibrant tapestry of colors.

Elk at the Ponca Education Center

Journey Through Ponca's Elk Conservation

The Elk Education Center in Ponca, Arkansas, is an engaging and informative facility dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of elk in the Ozarks. Operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, this center serves as an educational hub where visitors can learn about the history, habits, and habitat of these majestic creatures. The center features a range of interactive exhibits and displays, including life-size models of elk, informative panels, and multimedia presentations that provide insights into the elk’s role in the local ecosystem.

Discover the Arkansas Art Trail

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