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Buffalo Outdoor Center

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Sawyer Michigan
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Great outfitters, luxurious cabins, expert guides, canoes and kayaks for rent. Nice supply store, small kitchen with good sandwiches. Ice Cream, ice, frozen foods all nestled in an Elk Range, spectacular scenery, awesome hiking trials very close to the Ponca put-in for spring and early summer float trips. Mike and Steve have been here since before the Buffalo was designated...

1Thank John C
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

John, we love your post title! Our goal is to help keep it one of those "last great places," too! :) Thank you for the kind, thorough review. Folks new to BOC and the Ponca area will find it extremely helpful. And, we'll be sure Steve and Mike know they were paid such a great compliment!

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We stayed at the Sunrise Cabin and it was beautiful. This log cabin is authentic in its design which we found interesting. There was a open fireplace however it was still too warm for a fire. The bed was extremely comfortable. The room was very clean as was all the linens. The only exception was the Jacuzzi tub which was...

1Thank drwhite101
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Wife and I stayed four nights in the Elkhorn cabin. It is build with logs from a early settler cabin and assembled and designed with skill. It is well stocked with essentials,is pleasantly decorated and comfortable. Bathroom (and there is only one though the cabin can sleep 6) , the kitchen, living room (which has very high ceiling), and bedrooms...

Thank Arrietavagabundo
Rhonda M, Manager at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review about our Elkhorn cabin. We love the fact that we can offer our guests a unique pioneer like cabin in the beautiful Ozark Mountain Region. Thank you for helping future guests appreciate the quality of the area. Cell phone coverage is a challenge for all of our cabin guests, due to our remote, secluded...

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Every time I go over to Ponca, Boxley Valley and Steel Creek, I have to stop in BOC to get a sandwich. Made fresh while you wait, like your mom would make. And the nicest, sweetest staff works there. Very friendly and nice. I will definitely be back many more times.

1Thank Pricem36
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We can't think of a NICER compliment for our sandwiches than to be given the "like Mom would make" accolade! The truth is, our sandwich creations actually DID start at home when I would make mile-high sandwiches for my high-school age son and his friends who helped us on the river on busy weekends. Hence, the original "Boat Ape" sandwich...

Reviewed 1 October 2016

The beautiful wedding we attended was at River Wind Lodge. The two nights we spent at this lodge were relaxing and memorable. As we sit on our balcony over looking the mountain top we were reminded how incredible our world is! Amazing!!!

Thank Janet L
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Janet, thank you for posting a review while "in the moment" at our lodge! The morning fog in the river valley was beautiful this past weekend and we're glad you had the chance to enjoy it from your balcony perch. :) And, yes, our world is amazing---we're glad your time here was reassurance of that. Again, thank you for the...

Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I just got back to KC after a two night stay in the Hideaway Cabin for our anniversary. This cabin is absolutely meticulous in its design and cleanliness. We especially enjoyed sitting on the beautifully crafted chairs on the back deck, in the morning and evening. You can see more stars in this location than either of...

Thank justcasey72
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a nice review about your recent Hideaway Cabin experience. Our goal is to make each guest's stay comfortable, peaceful, and memorable in a top-notch, secluded cabin. We agree, stargazing is spectacular at the our cabins and in Buffalo River country! Regarding the rate, we feel it is a reflection...

Port Neches, Tx
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Great place for hiking trail information and maps. We hiked several trails near the BOC and they had maps for some and directions for others. Be sure to order sandwiches from the deli to take with you. The cranberry chicken salad on homemade honey wheat is fantastic! I had it twice in three days. The bread is from Neighbor Mills...

Thank Denise S
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Denise, thank you for such an enthusiastic review! Our cranberry chicken salad sandwich is definitely a guest favorite. We love offering our deli creations to visitors and we appreciate all reviews. For your next trip, try coming in the fall. Autumn foliage is breathtaking and you will find seasonal deli creations such as, ham/beans & cornbread!

Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Stay a night stay a week, these cabins are great. Located on a paved road or out in the bush these cabins are fully equiped with a furnished kitchen and comfortable beds. Our cabin had accomodations for six. Located in Ponca there are great hiling trails, fishing and a water hole and centrally located amongst the best motorcycling roads around.

Thank Chris T
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review about your recent stay. Yes, we agree that our area has some of the best motorcycling roads around. Your kind words will allow other travelers to experience BOC and the surrounding area. Our cabins are open to you for your next motorcycling adventure.

Reviewed 10 September 2016

My wife and I recently went to Ponca from Austin TX. and of course stopped in to visit the store. We browsed got some directions to Whitaker point. The guy behind the counter obliged with directions and even drew me a map. A couple hours go by we retuned from hiking to the point and stopped in to buy a...

Thank John M
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

John, Thank you for your excellent comment about our office staff. BOC strives to help each visitor to the Buffalo River., whether they are staying with us or just passing through. We appreciate your kind review and we look forward to your next Buffalo River adventure!

Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We have just stayed for three nights at The BOC in The Mountain Sunrise Cabin. The cabin was very clean and well-appointed and very private!! The "homey" feeling was terrific!! The staff, from easy check-in to check-out and all things in-between, were courteous and friendly as well. Morning coffee on the front porch swing with Ozark Mountain sunrises were absolutely...

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Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your Mt. Sunrise experience. There is no better way to experience a Buffalo River sunrise, than having a nice relaxing morning sitting on the cabin's front porch swing with a cup of coffee in hand. Thank you for recognizing our staff and leaving these comments for other visitors. Keep us in mind...

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Hot Tub
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the heart of Arkansas' finest river and trail scenery, Buffalo Outdoor Center has a long-standing reputation for offering quality log cabin rentals in extraordinary Buffalo National River country. We're also the area's leading outfitter for float trips on the Buffalo National River, a pristine national park offering beautiful scenic seclusion. And, we offer Arkansas' only true wilderness zip line adventure, a fun-filled 2-hr tour that's great for the young and the young at heart! Couples and families join us year 'round for adventure getaways that are tops in extraordinary scenic beauty and, most of all, great fun! We have cabins in a variety of price ranges, from family cabins to romantic cabins for two. Several of our cabins feature outdoor hot tubs with sweeping 30-mile views of Ozark Mountain country. Hot tub cabins book early, so if you have certain dates in mind, it is never too soon to call and book. And, while we're in the beautiful middle of nowhere, several of our cabins offer free wifi for those who still wish to remain in touch with folks back home. We've just opened a new 5,000 square-foot retail center, featuring great souvenirs and quality outdoor apparel and gear. Got an appetite? Let our deli build you a mile-high sandwich crafted with fantastic locally-baked breads, natural meats, cheeses and fresh veggies! When it comes to adventure activities, we can keep you as busy as you want to be! Our zip line is hugely popular and open March through November. When it comes to hiking or canoeing, there's none finer in Arkansas and arguably mid-America. Elk watching is also a popular activity. The Ponca area is home to a large elk herd which roams the Boxley Valley and can frequently be seen from the comfort of your car. The best seasons for elk viewing are fall and winter. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Buffalo Outdoor Center

Address: Hwy 43, PO Box 1, Ponca, AR 72670
Region: United States > Arkansas > Ponca
Price Range: $209 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Buffalo Outdoor Hotel Ponca
Buffalo Outdoor Center Ponca
Buffalo Outdoor Center Arkansas/Ponca
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“If you're planning for 2 or more couples, be sure at ask about room configuration. Some cabins have a loft second room, so less privacy.”
A6617BDandyc, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Check there website to pick where you want to stay”
JohnMichigan1, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Be sure and bring your own food as the closest resturant is about 30 minutes away.”
janetlS1682DT, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Great place to unplug from the busy life!”
jajs06, 7 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Only Cabin Rentals, Try to get Cabin X for best view”
gmctrk45, 3 Jun 2016 | Read review
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