Woman Fishing at Bluffton Preserve
Woman Fishing Woman Fishing at Bluffton Preserve © Dero Sanford

Places We Protect

Bluffton Preserve


An Ozark paradise just an hour and a half from Little Rock!


Only minutes from downtown Clinton lies the Bluffton Preserve, a 985-acre tract of field and forest in the upper Little Red River Watershed. Coursing through it is nearly four miles of the beautiful Archey Fork of the Little Red River.

Perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming or just exploring, the preserve provides a little something for everyone. It also serves as a demonstration site for a variety of conservation practices geared towards clean water and sediment reduction such as: prescribed fire, unpaved roads best management practices, and reforestation. The purchase of the property and the conservation work is made possible through generous gifts from Southwestern Energy, BHP Billiton, and donors.

It is also home to a variety of wildlife. The yellowcheek darter, known only to swim in the waters of the upper Little Red River can be found in the Archey Fork, along with an impressive suite of rare species. Bald eagles and osprey are a common site in the winter, with deer and turkey prevalent year around. And let’s not forget the small mouth bass!

The neighbors along Watergate road and volunteers with Float VBC help us manage and maintain the property. Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis at the site near the swimming hole. The hunting rights are leased, so please refrain from hunting and be sure to wear your hunter orange when exploring during hunting season. We ask that you refrain from riding horses and atvs in the area to help reduce the amount of sediment entering the river. And lastly, please enjoy but leave no trace!


Places like Bluffton Preserve and the conservation working happening here are made possible through generous gifts from people like you. To learn how you can support conservation or become a member visit nature.org/arkansas. Make a gift and join the fun!