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Cabin in Compton

Romantic Hideaway w/Hot Tub Near Buffalo River

Cozy, secluded, romantic cabin in a breathtaking setting with luxurious amenities. Let your stress melt away in the hot tub while you gaze at the stars or take in the sunrise together! Minutes from river access in Ponca for floating the Buffalo River. Also close to scenic hiking trails such as Compton, Hawksbill Crag, Lost Valley, and more! You can either stay in and relax with satellite TV, Smart TV, WiFi, and Bluray player, or venture out to explore the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Or do both!

$189 per night
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Cabin in Compton

Hikers paradise with cell phone reception & Wi-Fi

Not just a place to stay! Adventure with the whole family at this peaceful 1 bedroom 1 bath cabin with a large covered deck, fire pit, grill & fully stocked kitchen. Hammocks, dvd's & toys are stocked for our guests' use. Take a 15 min hike to Antenna Pine Overlook for a breathtaking view of the Buffalo National River. Make your way through the maze of bluffs & boulders to the base of the 40' waterfall where you could spend all day exploring or make your way to the famed Hemmed In Hollow Falls.

$114 per night
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Cabin in Harrison

Cozy Buffalo River Cabin Getaway with hot tub!!

Relax at this cozy little cabin with just you and your significant other or bring the kids along too! Enjoy peace and quiet and total privacy. Private walking trail to seasonal Osage creek too! Close to waterfalls and an old homestead built of hand hewn logs. Conveniently located to hiking trails as well. Center point trail, Compton trailhead, hideout hollow trailhead, hawksbill trail and more! Ponca and Boxely are close and highway 43 where you can watch Elk! Soak in our new hot tub too!!

$99 per night

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Your guide to Ponca

All About Ponca

Located in the northwest corner of the Ozark Mountains, Poncas is a prime jumping-off point for exploring some of Arkansas’ most beautiful natural attractions, including the Buffalo National River Wilderness and the Boxley Valley. The town itself consists of a handful of outdoor outfitters, a nature center, and the area’s most popular resident: elk.

This small community attracts visitors from all around looking for pristine rugged mountains, wild rivers, waterfalls, and a thriving wildlife population. The untamed Buffalo River that cuts through the region provides opportunities to kayak, canoe, and raft while enjoying the broadleaf oak-hickory forests lining the banks of the water. Hundreds of miles of trails in the region provide spectacular scenes of dense forests, lush valley floors, and dramatic mountain peaks as visitors make their way through the area.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Ponca

The seasonal variations in weather in Ponca are moderate, with temperatures swinging between hot in the summer to just above freezing in the winter. From May through September, temperatures are pleasantly warm and the river is perfect for swimming, kayaking, and rafting trips. While spring does come with a modest uptick in precipitation, it is still a prime time to look for cabins in Ponca as the crisp temperatures and mild conditions, along with brilliant displays of wildflower blooms, make the area's hiking trails quite enjoyable. The fall season does see temperatures drop while the early tinges of winter begin to show. From October through November, the Ozark Mountains oak forests start their transformation into the array of autumn hues this part of the country is so well known for.

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You can find several waterfalls throughout the surrounding Buffalo National River Wilderness. Standouts include the 200-foot-tall Hemmed-In Hollow Falls, accessible from the Compton Trailhead, and nearby Eden Falls, located in the Eden Valley Trail System. The stunning geography around both the falls, along with the scenic hikes, is ideal for spring and summer recreation but tends to see more subdued water during the dry periods of winter and fall.

Whitaker Point

Whitaker Point, commonly known as Hawksbill Crag, is the endpoint of a three-mile moderately difficult hike that culminates in a scenic vista over the surrounding mountains, valleys, and the Buffalo River. A jutting rock ledge extends over the valley floor creating a natural viewing platform that is particularly noteworthy in the spring and fall. However, the trail is accessible year-round and is always worth checking out.

Elk Education Center

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission runs the Ponca Elk Education Center, a facility dedicated to teaching visitors about the once extinct elk herds that lived in the area. Once reintroduced in the 1980s, the elk populations grew to over 600 strong today. The center itself is nestled in the densely forested outskirts of Ponca and makes for a fittingly immersive experience while you learn about the area's elk populations, geology, and flora in the native wildflower gardens located on the grounds.

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