We adore living and working in Eureka Springs for many reasons, not least of which is the town’s proximity to the “great outdoors”. The Ozark Mountains surround town, so when guests of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast crave outdoor recreation, they needn’t travel far to find it. After a day of hiking, canoeing, or horseback riding, they may stroll down the street to dine at one of Eureka Springs many fine restaurants. It’s the best of both worlds.
A favorite activity on hot summer days is canoeing down the Buffalo National River. Typically, day trips leave from Ponca, which is just about an hour from the inn. As of this writing, the Buffalo is too low at Ponca, so canoe trips are launching from Pruitt (just a bit farther down the road) and concluding at Hasty.
The Pruitt – Hasty canoe trip is an easy 7.5 miles. There are no rapids here. Put in any time between 9 a.m. and noon, and someone will be there on the other end to take you back to your car. You should allow four to five hours for the trip, so bring plenty of drinking water and a picnic. Breakfasts at our Eureka Springs Lodging are tasty and portions are generous, but you’ll definitely need a bite or two to keep those paddling arms strong. It’s a very pleasant way to spend a day.
The upper Buffalo River wilderness area is profoundly beautiful. You’ll paddle past tall bluffs and crystal clear waterfalls. The setting is serene and you’re sure to feel peaceful when you arrive at Hasty.
If you have your heart set on canoeing the Buffalo National River during your stay at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast, be sure to reserve your canoe in advance. Call 1.800.221.5514. You are, of course, welcome to launch your own canoe if you have one.