Leave No Trace

Over the past 150 years, humans have drastically altered the Ozark landscape. Today, surrounding road construction, logging operations, land clearing, and agricultural uses affect the health of Buffalo River. The park, however, is also faced with environmental impacts within its boundaries. Many of these impacts are being unknowingly caused by park visitors.

Visitation to Buffalo National River is nearing one million people per year. With this extent of use, no matter what we do we will always have some sort of impact on our surroundings; after all, we are a part of the ecosystem. Much of the environmental damage that is occurring within the park, however, can be minimized if we learn to use Leave No Trace techniques.

Please follow these other suggestions to lessen your impacts on the park environment.

On Your Way

During Your Stay

Camping: Campfires: Sanitation: