Kenda Drive In Theater
The only “Open Year Round “Drive-In Theater in the state of Arkansas
Highway 65 North
Marshall, AR 72650
Searcy County Court Room Art Gallery
Local Artists Showcased in the Searcy County Courtroom Gallery on the Marshall Town Square
Buffalo National River
The Tyler Bend Visitor Center, the main visitor center for the park, is located eleven miles north of Marshall, Arkansas.
Campers will delight in the picturesque river views at Tyler Bend. Located 11 miles northwest of Marshall, Arkansas, Tyler Bend is set on a quiet, peaceful section of the great Buffalo National River. Known as the middle river region, the campground offers tranquil views of the river beside pastures.
The Buffalo National River flows free over swift running rapids and quiet pools for its 135-mile length. One of the few remaining rivers in the lower 48 states without dams, the Buffalo cuts its way through massive limestone bluffs traveling eastward through the Arkansas Ozarks and into the White River.
Small-mouth bass, catfish and sunfish are the most popular fish to catch on the Buffalo River, but visitors should be aware that an Arkansas fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the river.
The middle river location also allows for extended seasons for kayaking and tubing. If there's enough rain, the sports can go through mid to late summer.
Get a dose of history by hiking to the Collier Homestead, a restored Ozark dwelling from the 1930's. The homestead remembers one of the homes built by settlers in response to the Homestead Act of 1862.
The Tyler Bend Visitor Center is open year-round and has interesting
exhibits on the history of flora and fauna in the Buffalo National River
area. It's the primary visitor center for the region and provides several
educational programs in the auditorium. The campground has 10 walk-in
and 28 drive-in sites available, plus a day-use pavilion and five
The Buffalo River Trail is accessible from the Collier trailhead parking
area. This trail joins the Ozark Highlands Trail at Woolum, 14 miles
upstream from Tyler Bend.
Activities and Amenities Within Facility
•Amphitheater •Drinking Water •Fishing •Flush Toilets •Parking Area •Picnic Area •Ranger Station •Visitor Center
Maumee South Campground is located east of Marshall and is an open campground. Toilets are available, but there is no potable water. Keep all vehicles on roadways. This campground is not recommended for large trailers, buses and RV's due to steep, winding roads.
Directions from Marshall: Travel east on Hwy. #27 for 6 miles and the 6 miles of paved and dirt roads from
Normal Services Available: Year-round .
Searcy County is definitely Motorcycle Friendly. Thousands of riders every year make the trek up U.S. Highway 65 from the I-40 Exit in Conway toward Branson, Missouri. If you would like to take nice back road “detours” however, there are a couple other routes you ought to try.
These two routes are almost entirely within Searcy County and both have some great scenery and some nice challenging curves.
The Barren Hollow Loop
From Marshall take US 65 south to Leslie, 8 Miles. Turn left on Hwy 66 at Leslie. Travel on Hwy 66 for 11.5 miles, then turn left on State Highway 74. Stay on Highway 74 for 18 miles, then turn left on Hwy 27 for 1 mile and you’re back to Marshall. This loop has some great scenery especially coming out of Leslie on Hwy 66 and on Hwy 74 along Long Creek.
The Snowball Loop
From Marshall, take US 65 north for 5 miles to Hwy 74. Turn left on Hwy 74 and continue for 7.3 miles to the town of Snowball on Calf Creek. Turn left on Hwy 377 and continue for 11 miles and turn left on Hwy 16 in Witts Springs. Stay on Hwy 16 for 5 miles and take a slight left on Hwy 27. Hwy 27 will take you back to Marshall after 34 miles of wonderful Ozark scenery, sweeps and curves. There are some especially challenging areas about 12 miles from Marshall descending Star Mountain. Some great scenery in the Bear Creek headwaters also.
Over 100 miles of Horseback riding trails
Buffalo River National Park Horseback riding information.
Middle Buffalo River Horse Riding Outfitters -- Highway 65, Silver Hill Area
Buffalo River Outfitters
$50 per person
Call for details and to make reservations.
We also rent horse-friendly cabins We schedule two hour guided trail rides. Trails meander through a 1,900 acre tract along a creek where you’ll see towering limestone bluffs, peaceful valleys and wooded hillsides. If you are a family with children, we have the horses and the ride just for you.
You may bring your own horse.
Phone: 1-800-582-2244, 870-439-2244
Map & Directions
Location: Middle River Area, 9664 Hwy 65
St. Joe, Arkansas 72675
(Silver Hill near Tyler Bend)
Middle River District Hikes in the Buffalo River National Park
The middle river district is a favorite for spring hikes with scenic overlooks and wildflowers.
Download the National Park Service printable brochure of the Middle District Hiking Trails.
Woolum to Hwy 65
Strenuous 15 mile (one way) hike featuring overlooks and river ford crossing. This trail links up with the Ozark Highland Trail for longer hikes. The Trailhead is lcoated at Woolum. Allow 9-10 hours to hike the full trail.
Moderate 1.4 mile (one way) hike featuring a historic site. The Trailhead is at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center. Allow 1-1.5 hours to hike the full trail.
Easy .6 mile hike (one way) featuring a historic site. Allow 1-2 hours to hike the full trail.
Moderate .9 mile hike (one way).
Moderate 2.6 mile hike (round trip).
Tyler Bend to Gilbert
Moderate 5.5 mile hike (one way).
Gilbert Railroad Trail
Easy 3.4 mile hike (round trip).
Buffalo River Trail
The Buffalo River Trail System, which is a part of the Ozark Highlands Trail System, travels for 180 miles. A new section west from the U.S. Highway 65 Buffalo River crossing that continues east, downriver from the Highway 65 Bridge is primarily in Searcy County and has been under construction for about eight years. When this new segment of the Buffalo River Trail is completed, a hiker will be able to hike from Lake Fort Smith State Park all the way to the Highway 14 Bridge in Marion County. The newest section in Searcy County is a 28‐mile segment which goes along the south side of the Buffalo River from Highway 65 to Highway 14. The portion of that trail that is currently completed is 11.4 miles of scenic beauty from the South Maumee Road to the Highway 14 Bridge. South Maumee Road to the Spring Creek Road is 5.3 miles and Spring Creek Road to The Highway 14 Bridge is 6.1 miles. Depending on the season, you can see bluff lines, waterfalls, and ice formatons. Also from high vantage points along the trail, you can see the Buffalo National River far below! The Trail is a little highway, 24 inches wide, very often going across steep hillsides. But the trail itself is designed to avoid any grades steeper than 10%.