Posted by Jessie K / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / No comments / Buffalo River , Steel Creek Campground , Swimming Holes
Swimming at Steel Creek Campground on the Buffalo River
Boxley Valley and the Buffalo National River Region in and around Ponca, AR may just be my favorite part of the world. It has a majestic and untamed beauty like none other! Though it's quite a drive for us, we make many trips there a year. In the Summer we go swimming and kayaking or canoeing in various spots along the Buffalo and in the Spring, Fall, and Winter we go hiking along the numerous trails in this and the surrounding areas.
One of my favorite (kid friendly) places to swim along the Buffalo is Steel Creek.
Steel Creek is located along the Upper Buffalo River area. There's a campground here as well as popular points of access to the Buffalo River Trail and the Old River Trail. You won't want to (or be able to) miss scenic Roark Bluff which is 3/4 of a mile long surrounds most of the the Steel Creek campground area.
The drive there and through Boxley Valley is a scenic adventure in itself. You'll want your camera ready for action, especially if you spot some elk!
On a hot and sunny day in July, my mom and I made the ALWAYS WORTH IT 2 hour drive to spend the day at Steel Creek with the boys. There's a swimming hole in the campground area (turning left where the pavement ends), but we swam at the popular canoe/kayak launch area. We found a shady spot under some trees and right near the river bank to park the truck and we swam all day and picnicked in the truck bed on blankets. Perfect day indeed!
If you walk around a bit along the bluffs, you'll find Steel Creek which empties into the Buffalo River here (hence the name of course).
Directions: Take Highway 74 a mile east of Ponca to the top of the mountain, Steel Creek gate is on the left.
For Steel Creek Campground information and more click HERE.