Sunset Point Cabin 9
Eagle's Rest Cabins 6

Smoking: No
Pets: No

Minimum: 2 days weekends and 3 days most holidays.

Rates: 2 persons
Sunset Point $260
Eagle's Rest $160
Additio'al Persons $20 each
2 free preteens

Horse pen & shelter for $10/night/horse

10% military discount
Rates subject to local tax
Payment: Cash, check, PayPal, or credit cards

Deposit required

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Latitude 36-04-29.61N
Longitude 93-23-24.35W
Elevation 2223'

Map & Directions

Mountain Springs Cabins

Two handcrafted log cabins near the Buffalo National River atop a mountain overlooking 50 acres of hiking trails through meadows and woodlands leading down to Wildflower Falls.

Come join us on the cabin porch and experience the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Choose either Eagle's Rest Cabin, a cozy cabin on the side of the mountain. Or Blue Sky Cabin, which sits on top of the mountain with a wrap around porch and a breath taking view from every window. Step inside and you will see why our guests call them "Cabins with a View".

Both cabins have the old-fashioned charm of quilts, antiques, local art, wildlife treasures, and handmade furniture with the modern amenities you expect. Full kitchen, queen beds, tv/dvds with movies provided, charcoal grills, campfire rings, and picnic tables. WiFi and washer/dryer are available at Blue Sky.

Mountain Springs Cabins-a special place to experience God's beautiful world. Spend a few days with us. It is like a breath of fresh air-literally!!!

Open all year. Every season is special.

Located 5 miles north of Ponca and the Buffalo River, 25 miles south of Harrison, and 10 miles south of Osage. Look for our sign on state Highway 103. Minutes from some of the most popular Buffalo River hiking trails, including Hemmed-In-Hollow, the tallest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rockies. An hour or less from Eureka Springs, Branson, Jasper, Fayetteville, and other Northwest Arkansas/Southwest Missouri attractions.

Hosts, Rick and Rayne Davidson
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What our guests say...

"Tremendous view. Great adventure. We took our children hiking, climbing, caving, and exploring. Wife and I on the porch every evening. All of us in the morn."

Valley View, TX

"From the Buffalo River to Silver Dollar City and Eureka to the trail here... Thank you for this memory."

Clayton, LA

Phone: 479-363-1570
GPS: 36-04-29.61N, 93-23-24.35W  Map & Directions

Mountain Springs Cabin

Ponca and Nearby Destinations:

Note that the times and distances listed in italics after the GPS coordinates are from the Mountain Springs Cabins
Ponca Elk Education Center (in Ponca)  (870) 861-2432    
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141  (6.0 miles, 14 mins
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  (10.35 miles, 20 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  (7.5 miles, 15 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) 
GPS:  35.93548, -93.38612  (13.9 miles, 26 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 Crag  (6 miles up Cave Mtn. road)   
GPS:  35.88816, -93.4698  (22 miles, 48 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)       
GPS:  36.09222, -93.334693    (2.4 miles, 5 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  (20.5 miles, 29 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  (23.6 miles, 31 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  (53.7 miles, 64 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  (42.7 miles, 57 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.

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Buffalo National River
Upper River Area

Sunset Point Cabin
Eagle's Rest Cabin