20 Guests

6 Bedroom Suites,

Bunkroom & Loft (2 king beds, 6 queen beds, 4 twin beds and 5 baths.)

The lodge is also a great choice for your special event, business retreat, or family reunion.  Limit 100 guests.

Lodge Rental

Two night minimum stay that includes a Friday or Saturday.

Rates subject to 10% local and state tax.

10% discount when seven nights are booked.

Special Event Rates
$1,000 Event Fee
$500 Security/Damage Deposit

Reservation/Cancellation Policy

50%  due at time of booking.

60-day cancellation notice for full refund less $100 administrative fee.

Checks/Cash/Amex/Visa/ MasterCard accepted.

No Pets


No Smoking in Lodge

Saddleback Lodge
Nestled in the forest atop the Upper Buffalo National River is our dream home that we now share with you.  The lodge is the perfect place for your next Buffalo River vacation, reunion, or special event. The lodge sports beautiful landscape views of the Ozark Mountains.  It is secluded one mile off Highway 21 just five minutes from where the Buffalo River flows through the Historic Community of Boxley Valley


Saddleback Lodge

Ponca and Nearby Destinations:

Ponca Elk Education Center (in Ponca)  (870) 861-2432   
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141

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 

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 

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 

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)    Map
GPS:  35.88816, -93.4698 

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   
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

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)
GPS:  36.23026, -93.10802 

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
GPS:  36.64465, -93.22709 

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
GPS:  36.39489, -93.74231 

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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Plan Your Trips with Itinerary Builder

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Buffalo National River
Upper River Area

Phone: 870-861-5864
Map & Directions
Saddleback Lodge
Fully equipped Kitchen
Game room with Pool Table, Foosball, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, PS2 with games, & Board Games
Wood Burning Fireplace
Jacuzzi Tub
Wireless Internet
Dish Satellite Service
TVs in all Bedrooms
73" TV in Living Room
60" TV in Game room
Bed & Bath Linens
Laundry Room
Laundry & Dish Soap
Paper Products
Gas Grill on Porch
Video Library
Horse Friendly ($10 per horse per night)
On-site Hiking to Waterfall
Open Fire Pit
Wildlife Watching
Star Gazing

Whether you have come to the area to hike, horseback ride, canoe, or simply relax, this is your home. This is truly the perfect place for a family getaway for those looking for the authentic Buffalo River vacation!

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