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Texarkana, Arkansas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed in the Valley Mist cabin. This is one of the lower priced cabins for a couple. The cabin was great, it couldn't be any cleaner. We arrived after hours so they left my key in a area that was easy to find, along with a map. The staff was kind a courteous. I would recommend...

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

We love nothing more than when our guests find a well-deserved break from the world in one of our cabins. Thank you for the kind review, and for choosing BOC for your romantic escape. And, we'll be sure our awesome housekeeping staff knows you paid their good work such a high compliment!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this cabin for our Anniversary. I realize it is winter but we really just wanted to get away and relax in front of a nice fire in a cabin. This was not their cheapest cabin nor was it their most expensive. We wanted to cook our own dinner as this is what we do. We enjoy cooking and...

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Springfield, Missouri
Reviewed 3 January 2017

My wife and I rented a cabin for 3 days over Christmas. We enjoyed the peace and quiet. The cabin came with a hot tub, big screen TV, and plenty of firewood for the stone fireplace. The weather was mild-ish, so we also enjoyed the rockers of the front porch. Cabin alos included a full kitchen. And there was a...

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

Andy, thank you for choosing to spend your Christmas holiday with us and for taking the time to pen such a kind review. Yes, the weather was quite mild for December, so getting in some porch time was an added treat! Again, we greatly appreciate you sharing your experience at BOC with the world here on Trip Advisor!

Reviewed 22 November 2016

BOC is a modern stop in Ponca Arkansas. There is nothing else around and they have cornered the market with their store and cabins. The store has plenty of things you may need on a camping or canoeing trips. I did not stay in a cabin so I can't comment on them but the service and facilities at the store...

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

We're so pleased that our store added to the enjoyment of your visit to Ponca! Because we tend to travel to off-the-beaten-path places ourselves, we truly appreciate what it's like to be nowhere and need supplies, gear or a solid meal. Those personal experiences were very helpful when planning for our new store. Thank you for such a kind, thorough...

Springfield, Missouri
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Can't say enough great things about the area, the cabins, and the service. In February my wife and I stayed in the Mountain Ecstasy cabin which was secluded, had a great view (we spent many hours swinging on the porch swing), and the cabin itself was the perfect level of rustic and luxury. Had many great hikes in this amazing...

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

Wow---trip Ponca #3 already! Love it! We can think of no greater compliment than to have happy guests who fall in love with this amazing area and want to return over and over again. Thank you for the wonderful review of our cabins and staff, plus, helping folks appreciate what an outstanding outdoor experience the upper Buffalo River has to...

Plano, Texas
Reviewed 1 November 2016

No cell, no cable, no internet... as primitive as can be... And Loving It. Actually, some of the cabins have internet, Also, the BOC office/store has wifi guests can access from the outdoor patio. Easy parking, clean cabin, fairly comfortable bed, usable kitchen -- everything I needed for a stay in the gorgeous Ponca area. I didn't bother cooking. I...

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

First of all, "fogllama," we love your Trip Advisor handle! We'll bet there's a great story behind that one. ;) And, thank you for penning such a wonderful, in-depth review of your stay with us, as well as giving newcomers an appreciation for how marvelous---and under appreciated---disconnection from the world can be!

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 26 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...

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Reviewed 9 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...

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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.

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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...

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Kitchenette
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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: €146 - €179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Buffalo Outdoor Hotel Ponca
Buffalo Outdoor Center 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.”
 of 5 bubbles A6617BDandyc, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Check there website to pick where you want to stay”
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“Be sure and bring your own food as the closest resturant is about 30 minutes away.”
 of 5 bubbles janetlS1682DT, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Great place to unplug from the busy life!”
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