The Buffalo National River has been selected by USA Today among the country’s “magnificent natural wonders.” One selection was made for each state.
USA Today notes Katharine Lee Bates penned the poem “America the Beautiful” on a trip to the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs in 1893. But the poem that would later become an American anthem could have been written from so many other spectacular settings in the United States.
In its description, the report notes the Buffalo National River was established as the nation’s first National River in 1972. This natural wonder flows for 135 miles through the Ozark Mountains and remains one of the few un-dammed rivers in the continental U.S. During the summer months, visitors in canoes, rafts and kayaks take to the river, floating past its rock bluffs and waterfalls.