The Buffalo River has something to offer for everyone, no matter what your level of experience. The 150 mile stretch of river begins in the Boston Mountains and offers Class I and II rapids in the 25 mile stretch between Ponca and Arkansas Hwy 7.
While it's best to float the upper portions of the river during spring and early summer the lower portion can be floated virtually year round. I'd suggest a canoe trip on the Buffalo River during the fall, when the leaves are changing. It's gorgeous.
If you're a laid back kind of person, the 27 mile float from Hwy 65 to Buffalo Point is a great way to spend the day. Just make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and ziploc bags. If you don't accidentally tip your canoe it's almost certain someone in your group will help you out.
The 7 mile canoe trip from Buffalo Point to Rush is perfect if you're taking your kids or it's your first float trip. It's short, there's lots to look at and a good swimming hole or two along the way.
It's best to have lots of sunscreen, a thin long sleeved shirt and hat, and a towel. The oversized zip top bags with handles are perfect. They'll keep things dry and they'll float if they happen to get into the water. Take a cooler with plenty of drinking water and food and don't forget a bag for your trash. Try using a water friendly disposable camera or double bagging your regular model when you aren't using it.
Make certain to check the river conditions and observe proper safety precautions when floating if you aren't using a canoe rental service. If you are using a service they are usually up to date on the Buffalo National River conditions and will advise you of the proper safety precautions.
Have a great trip!
Recommended river levels for canoeing
River Maps, Mileage, River levels, Shuttles
Buffalo River Floater's Guide
National Park Campsites
Map of River and Campgrounds
Current Buffalo River Level Report
Buffalo National River Conditions
Rules and Regulations on the Buffalo National River