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For Adventure and Relaxation— Escape to Arkansas' Most Scenic Gathering Place

Buffalo Outdoor Center has been inspiring adventurous Arkansas experiences since 1976! Arkansas' number one log cabin resort rests high in the Ozark Mountains on the Buffalo National River in Ponca. These private, romantic log cabins are surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility, offering the perfect Arkansas romantic getaway! Families will also love Buffalo Outdoor Center, where they can focus on spending time together. Activities such as horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, rafting and swimming help you explore the lush mountain wilderness. Or, see this beauty from above; Buffalo Outdoor Center is the only resort in Arkansas with guided zipline canopy tours – an exhilarating way to experience the Ozarks! The resort features 20 log cabins, ranging from a cozy cabin for six to a truly luxurious lodge for 36!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 22 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Ponca
  • Nearby Water Buffalo National River
  • Open Dates All Year


Spacious three- and four-bedroom cabins accommodate families of all sizes at Buffalo Outdoor Center. And nearby you'll find hiking trails, horseback riding, swimming holes, canoe rentals and amazing remnants left behind by Native Americans and pioneers. It's a great opportunity for educational family fun with little cost in the Arkansas Ozarks.


For building inspiration, focus and rapport, Buffalo Outdoor Center offers a secluded setting, first-class accommodations and the finest outdoor adventures in mid-America. Surround yourself in the beauty of the RiverWind Lodge, the ideal location for your corporate retreat. Begin things with a meeting and meal in the spacious great room. With comfortable seating for up to 50 people, the rustic atmosphere will help drive your point to colleagues. Enjoy team building activities like a Zip Line Canopy Tour and canoeing. Arrange a group float trip down Buffalo National River. Finish the day with a meal catered by lodge staff and head to your lodge room complete with flat screen television and private bathroom.


There's something for everyone at Buffalo Outdoor Center. Children will love the many ways to explore the Ozark outdoors, then, share memories in a handcrafted log cabin. Enjoy outdoor activities like zip lining, hiking and canoeing. The Buffalo National River provides the perfect location for families who bring a tackle box on vacation. Smallmouth bass will be flocking to your line on the Upper Buffalo River. First Class accommodations await you in the form of the RiverWind Lodge. With space for up to 36 guests, you can bring the entire family along. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub, or just gaze at a breathtaking sunset from your spacious deck! Take the entire family to the Ozark Mountains and Buffalo Outdoor Center for an unforgettable reunion experience.


The ideal outdoor wedding venue awaits at Buffalo Outdoor Center! Stunning views overlooking the Buffalo National River wilderness will make your ceremony nothing short of extraordinary. Follow this with an elegant dinner at the RiverWind Lodge with 50 of your closest friends and family. The lodge can hold up to 125 guests at a mix-and-mingle style reception. Enjoy the wedding of your dreams in the Ozark Mountains!


The Buffalo National River and the surrounding Ozark Mountains create a beautiful Arkansas getaway. Stay in one of their cozy cabins with stunning river views and simply relax. Here, you can immerse yourself in the calming atmosphere as you enjoy fishing, hiking, canoeing and much more. It's the perfect place to reconnect with the natural world.


For the serious angler, Buffalo Outdoor Center is located on the banks of the Buffalo Natural River. This Arkansas river is a tremendous spot for smallmouth bass and knowledgeable staff members are ready and willing to share their wisdom and tips with you! Rent a canoe and give it a try. Regardless of your experience you're bound to have a memorable time!


Buffalo Outdoor Center offers a romantic setting in the Ozarks. Spend quality time reconnecting with your special someone in one of their cozy cabins, or out in nature as you fish, canoe, and hike. Each couple is unique, but every couple will find something they love doing at this wondrous destination.

Pet Friendly

Buffalo Outdoor Center does offer pet-friendly accommodations for those who prefer to travel with their four-legged companion. Upon arrival, you will receive your pet welcome kit including: sleeping sheet, dog treats and waste removal bags. Make sure the entire family is in tow during your next family vacation.


Whether you are staying in one of the cabins,or the RiverWind Lodge, luxury amenities will be abundant during your stay at Buffalo Outdoor Center. Wraparound decks provide breathtaking views for most of the accommodations. Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi's provide the ultimate in relaxation, and native stone fireplaces provide heat and natural beauty in every living room.


High in the Ozark Mountains rests the Buffalo Outdoor Center, a collection of log cabins perfect for an Ozark vacation. Explore the lush wilderness by way of a nature path, on horseback, or on an incredible guided zipline canopy tour! On warm summer days, go whitewater rafting or canoeing along mountain rivers and streams to cool off!


Buffalo Outdoor Center provides the perfect honeymoon destination thanks to a number of Romantic Cabins for Two. Featuring a private deck with stunning views of the Buffalo River and Ozark Mountains, these cabins also all include a Jacuzzi tub and native stone fireplace. What could be better than an evening gazing at the stars and sitting in your bedside Jacuzzi tub? Make it the perfect experience with a cozy night in front of the fire!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Whether you choose a private cabin close to Ponca or a secluded mountaintop cabin with an outdoor hot tub and stunning scenery, you have the versatility you desire in creating your ideal Arkansas vacation at Buffalo Outdoor Center! Basic cabins epitomize coziness and upscale cottages spell out g-r-a-n-d-e-u-r! It's all up to you.


What could be better than spending your holidays in the Ozark Mountains, in the luxurious cabins or RiverWind Lodge at Buffalo Outdoor Center? As the snow flakes begin to settle on the landscape, enjoy an evening in your outdoor hot tub. Curl up in front of the fireplace, adorned with stockings, and enjoy a nice glass of egg nog.


Buffalo Outdoor Center will set you up with everything you need for a successful canoeing trip down the Buffalo National River. Whether you are looking for a group float package, or just an excursion for two, the staff will give you a great opportunity to explore the water's natural many natural wonders. If you are interested in another thrilling tour, try the Zipline Canopy Tour, the premiere wilderness zipline tour in the state!


New to the Buffalo Outdoor Center is the Riverstone Spa, another luxury amenity available to guests. Providing plenty of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments, Riverstone offers a menu of spa experiences as well as massage therapy. For more information on the new services, request Buffalo Outdoor Center's e-newsletter.

Additional Information

  • Gift Shop
  • Biking/Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Whitewater Rafting
Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Free Parking
  • Banquet Room(s)
  • Catering
  • Meeting Room(s)
  • Spa Services
Languages Spoken
  • English

Plan your next group event at Buffalo Outdoor Center.

Buffalo Outdoor Center's Riverwind Lodge has 12 beds and a loft for sleeping up to 24 persons. Seating can be arranged for up to 75 guests, free of charge! Inquire now!

For more information please call +1 (800) 221 - 5514 or Send Inquiry.

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