We hope to revive this signature event once we can be assured that it is safe to do so.

Hoot Fest

Discover the hidden delights of the Little Buffalo at Hoot Fest! Outdoor fun for all, with swimming, hiking, great food, games, music, prizes and more, all to support the work of Arkansas Ozark Waterkeeper. 

Hoot Fest was suspended due to Covid-19

Stay tuned for further updates

Turtle Rock


36.041339, -93.119986


  • Traveling north from Jasper, AR, go 5 miles, turn right (east) on NC3200, stay left, go 2 miles to event site parking.

  • Traveling south from Harrison, AR, go 15 miles crossing the Buffalo River bridge at Pruitt. Go 1 mile further and turn east onto NC3200, go 2 miles to event site parking. 

Parking and shuttles available. 



The Muddles

Little Buffalo River Band

The Ginsingers

Start: 1 PM

Start: 3 PM

Start: 5 PM


Registration comes with one plate ticket. Additional plates can be purchased for $10. 

Dutch oven delights, bread, cookies, and other delicious sides will also be available!

Volunteer to bring a side and get +2 door prize tickets! 


We'll have maps waiting for you to grab and take off on your own hiking adventure. Turtle rock is adjacent the Buffalo National Park and has over a half dozen nearby hiking trails of various distances and difficulty levels!


Bring a fishing pole, life jacket, goggles, and swimsuit and have fun exploring the beautiful  Little Buffalo River!

Plus, there will be yard games and pony rides, too!

Canoeing & Kayaking

Pony Rides


No need to head home or leave early to go lock down a campsite in the park. Primitive campsites available onsite! Registering ensures you have a site. Tent pitching is on a first-come basis, but don't worry - there are unlimited breathtaking places to camp. 

Are you musically inclined or just like to pretend you are when the mood is just right? 

Perfect. Bring your pickin' instruments, harmonica, tambourine, whatever you've got, and stick around for the late night jam session! 


Lots of great giveaways, prizes, and auction items available! Follow our event page on Facebook to get a sneak peek of some of the other awesome items that will be available thanks to our fantastic donors and sponsors!

Wild Cave Tours
Newton County

Special Thanks

Carol Bitting

Board member, devout Buffalo River advocate, and gracious event host. and organizer.

Tim Eubanks

When Tim's not teaching high school science, he's on the water. He's also a skilled barbeque master and will be smoking our pig for the event!

Terra Fondriest

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Known for her talented ability to tell stories through photography, we are blessed to have Terra giving of herself to document Hoot Fest. Read more about her work

Arkansas Ozark Waterkeeper is an Arkansas-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for the waterways,  watersheds and communities in the Ozark Region of Arkansas.