See website for detailed rates and policies
Ponca Bible Camp rents
the entire camp facility to
one group at a time.
Check-In time after 4:00
p.m. and Check-Out time
prior to 2:00 p.m.
Full payment of rental is
due prior to your Check-
Minimum Nightly Rental:
$300.00 per night
(equivalent of 20 renters)
Signed lease required
Peak Season Minimum
Rental: May 15 - July 30,
2 night minimum stay.
Rental Fees: $15 per
person, per night
Day Charge: $10 per
person (for persons
attending an event, but not
spending the night)
Extended Stay Discount:
20% Off entire rental for a 3
or more consecutive night
Children Ages 4 and Under:
Stay free of charge
The Camp is smoke and
If a reservation is canceled
at least 60 days prior to the
rental date, 50% of the
deposit will be refunded. If
less than 60 days notice of
cancellation is given, no
deposit refund will be given.
Map & Directions
Ponca Bible Camp
Open year around, Ponca Bible Camp is an excellent Christian
camp and retreat facility for your church's Youth Conference,
Kid's Camp, or Weekend Retreat. Built on 28 wooded acres,
Ponca Bible Camp is located on Hwy 43 in Ponca, Arkansas;
hidden on the hillside, yet easy to find. We are a short walk to
swim in the Buffalo National River, just two miles down the road
from viewing waterfalls or caving in Lost Valley, and just a few
miles for hiking to picture perfect Hawksbill Crag.
Our facilities include a large dining hall with a commercially
equipped kitchen and a recreational room, for those rainy days.
The deck on the dining hall overlooks our full-size basketball
court, grass volleyball court and soccer field, which are back-
dropped by the amazing Ozark Mountains.
Ponca Bible Camp has the capacity to sleep 120 people in our 6,
two-sided cabins and our 4 bedroom staff house. Our shower
houses are centrally located and all buildings on our campground
have central heating and air conditioning. Yet, we believe it is our
unique open-air Chapel, you will appreciate the most!
For more information about Ponca Bible Camp, call us at (870)
861-5560 or visit our website.
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 Ponca Bible Camp. To create a map and directions from the lodge to the destination, copy and paste the GPS coordinates 36.020348,-93.360944 into the empty box on the mapping page and click on "get directions".
Ponca and Nearby Destinations:
|Note that the times and distances listed in italics after the GPS coordinates are from The Ponca House|
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.
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.
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.