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Reviewed 3 June 2016

My husband and I stayed in the Crossbow. It was just perfect for the two of us. Loved the rustic feel it had. The staff were absolutely outstanding. Always smiling and so very helpful. We only had one thing happen that was not a negative at all--just an inconvenience. We decided to build a fire one evening and our cabin...

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

First of all, thank you for all the kind things you said about our staff and the Crossbow! We are so fortunate to have a top-notch staff here in the beautiful middle of nowhere. And, we love the ambience of that cabin and that big, sweeping lawn you can enjoy from the front porch. :) We are truly sorry you...

Brainerd, Minnesota, United States
Reviewed 30 May 2016

BOC is helpful, friendly and reliable. Much better than competitors who will lose thousands of dollars over the next few years because of poor service and poor customer relations. We rented from competitors last year and had a much better experience with BOC.

Thank Martha502
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Martha, we greatly appreciate your business and thank you for letting us know that our service met with your expectations of friendliness and helpfulness. We hope your travel plans will find you in Ponca again soon, and when that time comes, we'd welcome the chance to be of service once again! :)

Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

First time here, but my former advisor and family had been here before and we all agree that their customer service is outstanding! We stayed in the cabins and also rented kayaks from them. All the equipment was in great conditions and the fire place and hot tub were just great! we hope to visit them again !!

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

Thank you so very, very much for the kind review! Sounds like you had the perfect Buffalo River getaway---river trip + cozy fireplace + hot tub time = great escape. Thank you especially for the compliment to our staff. Here's hoping the chance to return to this beautiful wilderness comes sooner than later for you, Josue'! :)

Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I organized a small group of ladies to visit here and booked the Mountain Magic cabin to be our place of R&R after exploring the amazing natural beauty of Arkansas. We loved our cabin in the woods which included a hot tub with a view of the amazing forest. There was a lovely fireplace and firewood was provided which made...

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

Mary, we're thrilled that you and your friends found the Mountain Magic Cabin and the Ponca area to be the perfect outdoor location for a girls' getaway. Thank you for your very kind review here on Trip Advisor; we deeply appreciate you sharing your experience at our resort with the world!

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

We didn't actually stay at the lodging....just a rest stop before hiking Hawk's Bill Crag. All of the staff was so friendly and went out of their way to assist with everything we needed and answer our questions. The lunch they packed was awesome. Even helped with bug spray we needed for the hike, connecting to their wifi and downloading...

1Thank nhm4hm
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you SO very much for writing such a wonderful review about our staff and our store services. :) We hope you'll want to return for more Ponca adventures now that you've been to the crag---there are plenty more out there to be discovered, we promise. And, always know we stand ready to help with more directions! :)

Sugar Land, Texas
Reviewed 21 April 2016

My wife and I recently went on a canoe trip on the Buffalo River and we stayed at BOC's Hideaway Cabin the night before. The name is very befitting because you can't see or hear any sign of civilization from any point around the cabin. It's conveniently located between Ponca and Harrison. The cabin is quite new with nice appliances....

Thank ron2062
Austin A, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We're so glad that you were able to enjoy what truly sets this unique cabin apart! The serenity that one receives while stepping away from civilization is priceless! To address your issues with regards to counter/ table space, the dining table was designed for two as the Hideaway is a two-person cabin. There is a short six-drawer dresser in the...

Okc, Ok
Reviewed 19 April 2016

First the good. The cabin was very nice and the staff were very nice also. We enjoyed the cabin and the remoteness. Now the bad. We made reservations due to a large part of the picture on the back of the Arkansas motorcycle roads brochure. My fault was not looking at the fine print as only one or two of...

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

First of all, thank you for the kind words about your cabin, its location and our staff. Next, our sincere apology for unintentionally creating the feeling in the motorcycle guide ad that all of our cabins are bike-friendly. The image of the Arkansas Cabin is one we use in all of our advertising, and it honestly never entered my mind...

San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 24 March 2016

They have maps of the local sights to see as many park entrances are not marked. There is a nice shop inside the location that also has a homemade sandwich shop that you can take advantage of. They rent out everything you need for floating or trekking the Buffalo river. The staff is very friendly.

Thank 23Lester45
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your informative review of our store; visitors to Ponca should find the information useful, especially because goods and services are limited in our beautiful, but off-the-beaten-path area. And, thank you especially for the kind comment about our staff!

Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Our family spent a few days during Spring Break in this wonderful area. We stayed in the Elkhorn cabin and could not be more pleased. It is managed by BOC (Buffalo Outdoor Center) and they really know how to make guests feel welcome. The cabin was comfortable and adequately furnished for our group of five. It was well appointed and...

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

We are so, so pleased, JP, that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us! Thank you for choosing to spend Spring Break here in Buffalo River country and at BOC. By the way, that "s'mores-by-the-campfire" comment has us wanting to make some of our own!

Marked Tree, Arkansas
Reviewed 19 March 2016

My husband and I spent our Anniversary weekend at Cabin X. The mountain views from the hot tub on the back porch were gorgeous. The staff at BOC were very friendly and helpful. Definitely would recommend these cabins.

Thank Arty33
Rhonda M, Owner at Buffalo Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review of Cabin X, as well as complimenting our staff. And, thank you for celebrating such a special occasion with us---may you enjoy many, many more anniversaries of adventure together!

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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: $212 - $259 (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.”
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“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
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