Opening Weekend at Boxley Valley (October 7 and 8)

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Each October thousands of visitors come to Boxley Valley to see the fall spectacular of changing leaves, elk bugling, tour the historic Boxley Mill and hike the trails.  Such was the case on October 7 and 8 as hundreds of people flooded the Valley

Opening weekend for Boxley Valley programming was a great success with more than 1,000 interpretive contacts in the valley and hundreds of PSAR contacts at Ponca Wilderness trailheads. A total of 16 volunteers from Buffalo National River Partners, North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, and BUFFSAR assisted, and Ponca Elk Education Center staff members were wonderful to have on board, too.

Buffalo National River opens the historic Boxley grist mill for tours on Saturday and Sunday.  This mill built by Robert Villines shortly after the civil war was the meeting place for farmers to bring their corn and grain for milling. Since the Mill is only open on Saturdays and Sundays in October (with an additional weekend the first of November), this is always on the visitor’s “must do” list.

And, of course, the most popular trail along the Buffalo National River is Lost Valley.  There were more than 500 people who hiked this phenomenal trail on Saturday and Sunday.  The trail, rated easy to moderate, is popular with those visitors wishing to get a glimpse of the Ozarks.  It’s a popular spot for families, too.

We would like to thank our volunteers who help make this month-long event a success.  The Park relies on additional volunteers to help out.  Thanks to one and all.

Saturday’s Volunteers with Park Rangers

Watching for Elk

The Highway 43 Pull-out

Parking was scarce at Lost Valley Trail