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.
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 group sites.
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.
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.From Springfield, Missouri take U.S. Highway 65 south for 109 miles; then turn right at Ranger Road (follow signs) and drive another 2 miles to visitor center and campground. From Little Rock, Arkansas take Interstate 40 West for 34 miles, then exit “U.S. 65/Skyline Drive.” From here continue on U.S. Highway 65 north for 74 miles and turn left at Ranger Road (follow signs) to the visitor center and campground.
Fees for the walk-in sites and drive-in sites (non-electric) are $20 a night for up to 6 people per site.
Fees for the Group Tent Only Area (non-electric) are $50 a night for 10 to 25 people per group site.