Hillside Cabin (#1)  
Whitaker Cabin (#2)
Adds Creek Cottage (#3)
Smoking: No
Pets: No

Rates: 2 people   $125          
Additional Persons  $15

Children 5 & Under Free

50% Deposit Within 10
Days of Reservation

14 Day Cancellation Policy

Camping $15 a night per

Bunkhouse $15 a person

Coin-op showers

Reservations by phone only

Payment: Cash, check,
credit cards.


Map & Directions

Lost Valley Canoe

Surrounded by the Ponca Wilderness and America's first
National River, you'll discover why most of our customers are
regulars who stay in our unique cabins, rustic bunkhouse, and
pristine campground alongside Ponca Creek year after year.


We offer float trips ranging from 1/2 day excursions to 10 day
adventures with dramatic bluffs, caves, and hiking trails to
explore along the river. The highest waterfall between the
Appalachian and the Rocky Mountains cascades above the
upper Buffalo National River. Hiking information and a variety of
Eco-tours are available upon request. Surrounded by the
Ponca Wilderness and America's first National River, you'll
discover why most of our customers are regulars who stay in
our unique cabins, rustic bunkhouse, and pristine campground
alongside Ponca Creek year after year.

Our New Updated Website

Lost Valley Canoe has launched a new website. We encourage you to visit and see our revised buffalo river floating guide, topo maps with GPS, and other new information.
"We had a wonderful time
here in Ponca and at your
beautiful cabin. You make the
place feel very much like a
home away from home, not
only by the cabin itself, but by
the neighborliness of
everyone who works here at
LVCL. The trails are
gorgeous, the elk majestic,
and the hot tub was a "Hot
Tub", so basically everything
was perfect!"

Matt & Anne

Certificate of Recognition

"Lost Valley Canoe &
Lodging, a concessioner of
the National Park Service, in
acknowlegement of their
excellent performance in

Kevin G. Cheri,

Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging

Ponca and Nearby Destinations:

Note that the times and distances listed in italics after the GPS coordinates are from Lost Valley Canoe & Lodging
Ponca Elk Education Center (in Ponca)  (870) 861-2432   
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141  (.4 miles, 1 min
AGFC elk education center, nationally recognized facility
Open daily 10 - 4:30 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Boxley Valley Elk Herd (Highway 43 & 21)      Web
GPS:  35.97717, -93.40219  (5.1 miles, 9 mins)

Home of Arkansas' famous elk herd, arguably the most viewable in the southern US. Mornings and evenings, fall rut exceptional.
Lost Valley Hiking Trail  (3 miles south of Ponca on 43)   
GPS:  36.00297, -93.37295  (2.2 miles, 4 mins)

NPS  The most popular hiking trail in the upper Buffalo River area. Barrier free stretch, suitable for families. Eden Falls, native american shelter, waterfall in cave, outstanding spring wildflowers.
Smith Creek Preserve (3 mi. south of Church on 21)   Web
GPS:  35.93548, -93.38612  (8.6 miles, 16 mins
Nature Conservency, hiking trail 500 ft. descent in 1 mile. Two track road, hiking trail, very scenic spring fed creek with outstanding spring wildflower show. Popular with photographers.  Remote.
Hawksbill Craig  (6 miles up Cave Mtn. road)    Map
GPS:  35.88816, -93.4698  (13.5 miles, 32 mins)

Popular 3 mile round trip with 200 ft elevation change. Most photographed Arkansas Landmark. Trail can be rough, a few seasonal creeks.
Centerpoint Trailhead (5 miles north of Ponca on 43)    Map   
GPS:  36.09222, -93.334693    (6.4 miles,12 mins)

This trailhead is popular with hikers and horsemen. It is one of two ways to famous Hemmed In Hollow, the dangerous Goat Trail, Sneeds Creek Trail, and Granny Henderson's cabin. Big elevation changes, not for out of shape hikers. 1,000 ft descent. For most, this is an all day hike requiring frequent rest stops.

Nearby Towns:

Jasper  (16 mles from Ponca on Hwy 74)  20 minutes
GPS:  36.00835, -93.18635  (14.9 miles, 22 mins)

Quaint village of 500, offering places to eat including the Boardwalk Cafe, and the Cliff House Inn (6 miles south on Highway 7). A few shops to visit featuring local artists and offering local curiosities.
Harrison  (26 miles north of Ponca on 43)   35-45 minutes
GPS:  36.23026, -93.10802  (26.2 miles, 34 mins)

Harrison is a small town of 12,000 that offers many services not available at Ponca or Jasper. Most businesses are north of the square, 40 minutes or more away from Ponca. For emergency car repairs it would be the closest destination.

Day Trips:

Branson, MO (56 miles north of Ponca, 70 mins)
GPS:  36.64465, -93.22709  (56.3 miles, 70 mins)

Nationally famous entertainment destination on par with Nashville, TN. A popular day trip with local visitors to see national acts, and old time country entertainment.
Eureka Springs, AR (50 miles west of Ponca, about 1 hour)
GPS:  36.39489, -93.74231  (52.2 miles, 77 mins)

This is Arkansas' Victorian Village, built on a mountain with multiple springs and gardens city-wide. A must-see small town with too many attractions to mention. An outstanding day trip to a town with many art galleries, unique shops, other attractions.

Plan Your Trips with Itinerary Builder

The destinations below are linked to directions maps, and expanded explantions of the destinations themselves. The travel times and distances listed below are from Lost Valley Canoe. To create a map and directions from the lodge to the destination, copy and paste the GPS coordinates 36.027045,-93.367025 into the empty box on the mapping page and click on "get directions".
Lost Valley Canoe at Pruitt Landing
Phone:  (870) 861-5522 (phone-only for
GPS:  36.027045,-93.367025  Map & Directions
Floating the Buffalo in October
The Pristine Buffalo National River

Buffalo National River
Upper River Area

Lost Valley Canoe and Lodging