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Parker-Hickman Farmstead Buffalo National River

 

 

The Parker-Hickman Homestead along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Parker-Hickman Farm is the oldest existing homestead on the Buffalo River. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Parker-Hickman Farmstead

The Parker-Hickman farmstead is probably one of my favorite places to photograph along the Buffalo National River.  The area is owned by the National Park Service and is open to the public to wander around freely.  The structures have been preserved at the same condition in which they were at the time the last owners, the J.D. Hickman Family, left in 1978.  Many of the structures have been stabilized to preserve them for the future.  The homestead is the oldest still in existence on the Buffalo River and one of the best preserved around, and was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The Parker-Hickman Homestead along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

 

What to Photograph:

The old buildings including the log cabin built with hand-hewn logs with half dovetailed notches and newspaper lined walls to seal out the cold. There are 8 structures standing all of which make excellent photo subjects.

Old barn at the Parker Hickman Homestead in the Erbie Community on the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

The Parker-Hickman Homestead along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Parker-Hickman Farm is the oldest existing homestead on the Buffalo River. (Greg Disch)

 

The Buffalo River Trail runs right through the middle of the homestead, and if you follow the trail at the back of the property and stay to the right, you will reach the Historic Cherry Grove Cemetery in about 1 mile.

The Cherry Grove Cemetery near The Parker-Hickman Homestead along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Parker-Hickman Homestead along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Parker-Hickman Farm is the oldest existing homestead on the Buffalo River. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Best Time for Photographers:

There is not a bad time for photographing here, with the layout of the numerous buildings you can have the sun at your back most anytime of the day.  Of course morning and evening are great times, and fall brings brilliant colors to the area.

Star trails over the Parker-Hickman farmstead on the Buffalo National River. (Greg Disch gdisch@gregdisch.com)

Getting There:

The homestead is located on the Buffalo National River and can be reached by a short walk from the river at the Erbie low water crossing if you are floating the river in a canoe or kayak.  The best way to get here by car is to take the Hwy 7 north out of Jasper for about 3.5 miles, turn west and follow the signs to Erbie Campground,  instead of turning into the campground continue on Old Erbie Road the road.  The homestead will be to your left at the bottom of the hill and has a designated parking area.  If you cross the river at the low water crossing you have gone to far.

Maps:

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Cost:

There are no fees for this area.

 

Facilities:

There are no facilities at the homestead, the nearest bathrooms are at the Erbie Campground about 3 miles back up the road.

Food, Gas, and Lodging are available in Jasper AR about 10 miles from the homestead.

Location Contact Information:

National Park Service Buffalo National River

By Mail
Superintendent
Buffalo National River
402 N. Walnut, Suite 136
Harrison, AR 72601

By Phone
Tyler Bend Visitor Center Information
(870) 439-2502

Headquarters
(870) 365-2700

Headquarters (TDD)
(870) 365-2789

Buffalo Point Ranger Station Information
(870) 449-4311

Pruitt Ranger Station Information
(870) 446-5373

EMERGENCY DISPATCH
(888) 692-1162

By Fax
870-365-2701

Nearest City or Town:

Jasper Arkansas

 


 

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 Greg Disch is a freelance photographer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Greg specializes in nature, scenic, wildlife, and other outdoor subjects in Arkansas and other areas of the country. Greg also shoots portraits and event photography and is available for assignments.  Greg teaches photography classes and workshops in Arkansas and other locations.  Most of the images on this site are available for sale as prints, personal use, or rights managed stock photos.

 

 


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