Friday, April 19, 2013

4/19/13 Elk Viewing Good, Wildflowers Outstanding

Wild Plum Blossoms near Broadwater Falls
Elk viewing is strong in Boxley Valley especially in the south end near the trailhead to the upper

The big news this week are the dogwood trees that are blooming everywhere. Waterfall fans will want to visit to get their chance at dogwoods and redbuds framing the waterfalls. The waterfall flow is now very good -- this is in an outstanding opportunity.

Floating conditions are outstanding in all areas of the river.

Hiking conditions are also ideal.

We are now entering the peak of spring season with many things to do.  It is a great time to vist the river.

Friday, April 12, 2013

4/12/13 Elk Viewing Good, Wildflower Bloom Strong

Wood Bentony Lost Valley
Elk viewing remains strong at both ends of Boxley Valley. The antler drop is now almost complete except for young bulls. The most viewable herd is closest to Ponca about a half mile south from the intersection of 43 and 74.

Wildflowers are the big story now. After many cold snaps, the spring show is on. Most early species are blooming well. Flowering trees are also in bloom with the dogwoods lagging just a bit.

Waterfalls are running well and popular with photographers and hikers.

Floating conditions in all areas of the river. Visit the Buffalo River Chamber website for our list of floating outfitters and current river conditions.

This is prime time for hiking and horseback riding.

It is time to visit the Buffalo National River and its many natural attractions.

Friday, April 5, 2013

4/5/13 Elk Viewing & Ozark Wildflower Report

Elk viewing remains very good and all day long most days.  There are 4 herds and many stragglers in
Pale Corydalis -- Ozark Wildflower
Pale Corydalis is Blooming Right Now
(with other wildflowers)
the valley now. The best viewing is the herd that moves around south of the Ponca Access up to the then entrance road to Lost Valley.  Of course the herd is in the fields on the east side of HWY 43.

The wildflower bloom is finally underway in earnest in all the wildflower venues along the river including Lost Valley, Smith Creek, Pruitt (east), Tyler Bend, and the trails at Buffalo Point. Just about any tributary creek woodland area along the river should be very good.

The water table is very high now so waterfalls are flowing very well now too.

Great floating and hiking weather. There is plenty to do and see at the Buffalo National River.